2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Biology: Secondary/Special Education 7-12

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Biology: Secondary/Special Education 7-12 degree is designed for individuals interested in teaching middle and high school biology in special education settings. The program develops students' knowledge of teaching and special education as well as the life sciences and related disciplines. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

Certification that includes Special Education may require an extra semester to complete.

Note:  This is a dual certification, not a dual degree.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


The following sections include an eight-semester schedule of courses provided as a recommended framework for completing the certification programs in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 18
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 199  Pre-Calculus 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
GEN ED: Fine Arts Course 3
Second Semester 18
ENG 127 OR 155 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
ESP 311  Assessment and PBS 3
MAT XXX  Math Elective 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
SEC 210  Introduction to Secondary Education 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 18
BIO 125  General Botany 4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
PHY 121  General Physics 4
SEC 220  Standards-Based Education in Secondary Education 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies Secondary Ed 3
Fourth Semester 18
BIO 215  Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 248  General Ecology   4
BIO 306  Human Anatomy 4
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 3
HSC 315  First Aid and Personal Safety 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 19
BIO 328  Human Physiology 4
ESP 312  ABA for Special Education 3
ESP 339  Special Education Field Experience I 3
ESP 403  Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration 3
Sixth Semester 18
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners 3
ESP 406  Transition Planning and Instruction
ESP 411  Special Education History, Planning and Excpt. 3
ESP 413  EBP for Secondary Inclusion 3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessments and Interventions 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 16
BIO 318  Genetics 4
ESP 349  Special Education Field Experience II 3
ESP 402  Life Skills: Planning and Instruction 3
ESP 418  Advanced EBP for Secondary Ed 3
SEC 395  Teaching of Science 3
Eighth Semester 15
ESP 461  Student Teaching
SEC 460  Professional Practices 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching  6
Total 140

Program Notes

  • Student teaching will consist of a split placement between Special and Secondary Education. In addition, field experience will be completed for both certification areas.
  • All required courses need a grade of "C" or higher.