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AA person who enjoys physics and likes to work with young people should consider a career as a physics teacher. To prepare, you would complete most of the first physics, mathematics, and chemistry courses that any physics major would take, and apply them to earn a Bachelor of Science in either Education or in Physics with Master’s level licensure from the College of Education.the Physics Education option. In either case, a program of graduated preparation courses will prepare you for a career in the classroom. The facilities available in physics include the state-of-the art instrumentation of the Center for Nanoscience, wherein will be found advanced equipment for such specialized areas x-ray crystallography and atom-scale microscopy. The St. Louis Area benefits from activities of a particularly strong association of physics teachers, with which UMSL has an excellent relationship.

Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisor:

Ellen Meadows

201 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-7697

Hours:
mon-fri: 9a – 5p

Certifications:
DESE Science/Unified Science - Physics (Grades 9-12) Certification
  • Physics (9-12): Allows for teaching Physics at all secondary levels
  • Unified Science with Emphasis in Physics (9-12): Allows for teaching Physics at all secondary levels plus introductory courses in General Science, Biology, and Chemistry
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Physics (9-12) or Unified Science at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.

The Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education degree prepares students to teach in secondary school settings, grades 9-12. This program requires the selection and completion of required coursework in a specific content area.

University General Education and Graduation Requirements

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education requirements and Graduation requirements of the University as outlined in this Bulletin.

The courses listed below fulfill General Education requirements and best prepare students for advanced education coursework and licensure exams.

Core Areas:
First Year Writing
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction to Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
Math Proficiency
MATH 1020Contemporary Mathematics (MOTR MATH 120)3
or MATH 1030 College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History or Government
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
or HIST 1001 American Civilization to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)
Humanities and Fine Arts
Choose any 9 hours from approved fields.9
Social Science
Choose any 9 hours. At least one course must meet the cultural diversity requirement 9
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
Choose any 9 hours.9
Junior Level Writing
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
Total Hours45

Program Requirements

All students in the B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education program are required to take the following Teacher Education courses. Each student must also select a content area and complete the required courses and certification assessments for that area as specified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Grade Requirement

Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (courses completed with a grade of C- or below must be retaken).

GPA Requirement

Beginning with those students graduating in May 2017 who will also receive teaching 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.

Assessment Requirement

Students must pass the required DESE certification assessments to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.

Preparing for the Teacher Education Program

The following courses must be completed prior to applying for admission to the teacher education program:

TCH ED 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education1
TCH ED 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
Total Hours9

Teacher Education Program

The following courses are completed after acceptance into the teacher education program:

TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
TCH ED 3310Introduction to Methods of Teaching3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 4391Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas3
SEC ED 4880Writing for Teachers 13
Total Hours16

In addition to the above courses, students must complete 30-50 hours of required coursework in one specific content area (English , French K-12, Spanish K-12, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, or social studies), as well as the appropriate methods course:

SEC ED 4011The Curriculum and Methods of Teaching History and Social Studies3
SEC ED 4240Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Physical Sciences3
SEC ED 4589Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages3
SEC ED 4646The Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Math3
SEC ED 4885The Curriculum and Methods of Teaching English3
SEC ED 4985Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Life Sciences3

The program will culminate in the following practicum courses:

SEC ED 4989Practicum I: Site-Based Experience3
SEC ED 4990Practicum II: Site-Based Experience12

Total Credit Hours: 120 Minimum

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

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 Physics 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 associations, including the Biology Association for Teachers, the National Sc...