BS Ed: Secondary Education (9-12) /
Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education, emphasis in Biology

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Engaging the natural curiosity of students about living things makes an exciting career as a teacher of life sciences. To prepare you would earn a Bachelor of Science in Education with emphasis in biology in cooperation with the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences or a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with Master's level licensure from the College of Education. The Biology Department facilities include research and teaching laboratories, field studies, greenhouses, and a large array of supporting modern research instrumentation.

The UMSL Biology and/or Unified Science Education program provides a strong knowledge and skills base in biology as well as teaching approaches and internships. Quality area schools and organizations such as the Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo, and the World Aquarium offer excellent opportunities for working with students while preparing to become a professional educator.

Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisor:

Daniel Tebeau

114 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-4329

General Education Requirements

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education courses required by the College of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Core Areas:
First Year Writing
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing3
or HIST 1111 Reacting to the Past
Math Proficiency (requirement varies by program)
MATH 1030College Algebra3
or MATH 1020 Contemporary Mathematics
or MATH 1021 Choice and Chance
or MATH 1025 Geometry in the Real World
or MATH 1045 PreCalculus
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction to Public Speaking
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History or Government
HIST 1001American Civilization To 18653
or HIST 1002 American Civilization 1865 To Present
Explore Areas:
Humanities and Fine Arts
Three courses from two of the following fields: art, foreign language, music (excluding applied music), philosophy, theater, dance, and literature.9
Social Science
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics3
One additional 1000-2000 level course in Social Science Explore Area3
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
BIOL 1012General Biology3
PHYSICS 1001How Things Work3
One additional 1000-2000 level course in Math and Life/Natural Sciences Explore Area3
University Requirement
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
Total Hours45

Note All of the courses above must be a minimum of 2 semester hours.

Program Requirements

B.S.Ed. and B.A. degrees with certification candidates must complete the following courses:

Introduction to Education
EDUC 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education (Introduction to Education)1
EDUC 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
Level I: Exploring Education as a Profession
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
Level II: Analyzing the Nature and Process of Education
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
ED TECH 3135Technology for Educators1
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 3310Introduction to Methods of Teaching2
TCH ED 4391Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas3
Level III: Synthesizing Theory and Practice in Education
SEC ED 4XXXCurriculum and Methods of Teaching (specific subject area)3
SEC ED 4989Practicum I: Site-Based Experience3
SEC ED 4990Practicum II: Site-Based Experience12
Total Hours37

Attention Education majors

Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade point average of 2.5 and no grade lower than a C.

Beginning with those students graduating in May, 2017 and receiving teacher certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

Students must pass the relevant exit test to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.

Emphasis Areas:

B.S.Ed. candidates must complete 30 to 50 hours of specific subject requirements in one of the following fields: English, French, Spanish, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, or social studies. Additionally, students may complete teacher certification in art or music after completing a BFA. 

B.S. Ed. in Secondary Education with Emphasis in Biology

The B.S. Ed. is a professional education degree designed for students who wish to pursue a teaching career in secondary schools.  Much of the discipline-specific coursework parallels the B.A. or B.S. degree in the discipline; however, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires specific coursework for teacher certification.  Therefore, students interested in the B.S. Ed. should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education for discipline-specific requirements.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

B.A. or B.S. in Biology with Master’s Level Coursework for Secondary Teacher Certification 

In addition to the B.S. Ed., students may opt to complete a B.A. or B.S. degree in their discipline as an undergraduate, followed by admission to the Graduate School for Master’s level teaching certification.  The College of Education has a one-year accelerated program for post-graduate certification called Teach in 12, or students can choose a traditional path to certification.  Graduate coursework for certification can apply towards a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, with additional coursework.  Students interested in Master’s Level teacher certification should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

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Charles R. Granger, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Education

Professor Granger earned a B.S. in botany and zoology from Iowa State University, an M.S. in Biology and an M.S. in science education, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in plant physiology and science education from the University of Iowa. He is a member of numerous professional as...