About the BS Natural Sciences 7-12 Teaching Licensure

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Department of Natural Sciences

Phone: (740) 351-3456
Massie Hall, Room 315

Available concentration areas

Students can choose from one of four concentration areas:

  • BS Natural Sciences; Earth, Life, or Physical Science with Adolescent to Young Adult (Grades 7-12) Licensure
  • BS Natural Sciences, Integrated Science with Adolescent to Young Adult (Grades 7-12) Licensure

Checklists and a sequence of courses for all four of these degrees can be found on the School of Education website.

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Career Options

  • High School Science Teacher

Blake Smalley: Sharing the love of science with future generations

Graduate with the experience and skills you’ll need to succeed:

  • SSU students spend over 750 hours in the field (significantly more than most university candidates in Ohio) and complete a rigorous curriculum that has resulted in a high placement rate.
  • All Education Programs in the School of Education are approved through the Ohio Department of Higher Education and CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)
  • Majors consistently perform well on the required national pedagogical exams.
  • Travel opportunities are available through the School of Education with student teaching positions available in China.
  • Close cooperation between the Natural Sciences faculty and the School of Education has resulted in strong content knowledge delivery and a solid tie with area master teachers who regularly serve as Cooperating Teachers.
  • Given the program's emphasis on action research, students regularly present at the Celebration of Scholarship research conference at SSU as well as at national and regional conferences.
  • The program is guided by dedicated and knowledgeable faculty.
  • Basic course work in all areas of science including science methodology and processes
  • Advanced course work in chosen teaching field (Life Science, Physical Science, Integrated, or Earth Science)
  • Opportunities for science research with expert faculty mentors
  • Understanding how adolescents and young adults learn
  • Strategies for successfully teaching science to high school students that emphasize inquiry and hands-on approaches to learning
  • Experience in the schools ranging from observing, tutoring, instructing small groups, to whole class instruction

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Graduates will demonstrate cognitive development in their area of concentration.
  • Graduates will demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
  • Graduates will demonstrate laboratory and/or field skills and safety.
  • Graduates will show understanding of the scientific method.
  • Graduates will achieve a level of competence in their major field that will help them to be successful in society.
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