Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education

Plans of Study

For other questions contact an advisor.

Majors

Advice and Information


Elementary Education
Students may major in General Science Elementary. Of 22 options open to elementary education students, this major sets the graduates apart in their schools among the very few who can claim some expertise in science. They commonly become consultants to their peers.

Middle Level Education
Students major in General Science Middle. This major gives elementary students an emphasis at the middle school level. Of 22 options open to elementary education students, these set the graduates apart in their schools among the very few who can claim some expertise in science. They commonly become consultants to their peers.

Secondary Education
Students may earn endorsements to teach biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics, and "space science." To do this there are several possible majors, all of which have in common a minimum of 45 quarter credit hours in one or more of the specific endorsable disciplines. Each must also satisfy the topic distribution and minimum credits required for endorsement by the Washington State Board of Education. In some instances, WWU requirements exceed the minimum. We do not apologize for this, feeling greater concern for the subject matter competence of our graduates than for competition with less demanding programs. When in doubt, consult an advisor!

Certified teachers may complete a masters degree.

IN MORATORIUM...not available at this time.

M.Ed. –Natural Science/Science Education. The degree is designed to prepare teachers to be leaders in their institutions in the teaching of science and/or to enhance the competence of the individual teacher. The hallmark of the program is its flexibility—teachers begin where they are in science and develop from there. Much of the program is effectively tutorial in character in consequence though core courses for the masters in education programs are included, including two core courses in science education.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs at WWU which are designed explicitly to provide strong preparation for the teaching of science and meet certification and endorsement requirements are:

BA in Education, General Science--Elementary
BA in Education, General Science--Middle Level
BA in Education, Earth Science/General Science combined major
BA in Education, General Science--Secondary (available through 9/1/2019)*

Each meets endorsement requirements in the named disciplines. The General Science—Secondary major earns endorsement in one of the four disciplines plus general science.

Biology BS in Biology, secondary teaching emphasis (also earns endorsement in science), BA in Biology, general biology
Chemistry BA in Chemistry, BS in Chemistry, BS in Biochemistry
Earth Science BS in Geology, BA in Geology
Physics BS in Physics, BA in Physics

Majors from other universities which are the essential equivalent of these degrees will qualify for the same endorsements. The most common deficiencies observed are in degree programs that are very narrowly focused, e.g. zoology rather than biology, and the absence of systematic study relating science to contemporary and historical social questions. Please consult the appropriate science education advisor to determine whether your degree program will qualify and to establish appropriate remedies.

Degree Programs: See the relevant academic department's advising page for majors other than BA in Education majors: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics.

BA in Education, General Science—Elementary (51 credits)
Required courses:
Physics 101 or 104
Astronomy 103 or 113
Chemistry 121
Geology 211a and 212 and 311
Biology 204
Math 114
Science Ed. 201, 202, 203, 204, and 492
Electives, under advisement.

This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education. It does not result in a science endorsement.

BA in Education, General Science—Middle (87-88 credits)
Required courses:
Physics 101, 102 & 104
Astronomy 103 or 113
Chemistry 121, 122 & 123
Geology 211a and 212 and 252
Biology 204, 205 & 206
Math 115
Science Ed. 201, 202, 203, 204, and 370
Secondary 450
Plus one 300-level course for 4 credits

This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education. It does not result in a science endorsement.

BA in Education, General Science—Secondary 5-12 (93-103 credits) (available through 9/1/2019)*
Required courses:
Physics—15 credits, 114, 115 and 116 or 161, 162, 163**
Chemistry—15 credits, 121, 122, 123, 251***
Biology—15 credits, 204, 205 and 206
Earth Science— 13 credits Geol 211, 212 and Astr 103 or 113 or Geol 252 or Egeo 331 or Geol 340
Math 240
Sci Ed 370
Sci Ed 481,491
Electives in a single scientific discipline, under advisement, to meet the state endorsement standards for that discipline****

* Note all  General Science Secondary students must complete their degree by this date. Following this date, the General Science Secondary option will only be available for practicing Science Teachers with a disciplinary-based B.A. in Education degree (e.g. BAE in  Biology, or Chemistry, or Earth Science, or Physics, etc.) who pass the appropriate exam.

**. Students choosing physics for their emphasis must complete the 161-163
with laboratory option in order to qualify for advanced physics courses.
***. Students choosing chemistry for their emphasis must complete the 121-123
sequence in order to qualify for advanced chemistry courses.
****. The pattern of electives chosen must satisfy state endorsement requirements
in that discipline (see advisor).

This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education (62-65 credits additional.)

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students

Certified teachers and others seeking a M. Ed. in Natural Science/Science Education (P-12 Teachers) should see an Advisor.

Students with bachelors degrees (at least) seeking to prepare to teach science may reach their goal either by completing an initial certification program only or by completing a masters degree (M. Ed.) with certification. In general, all students planning to teach science in Washington’s public schools must complete a certification program and qualify for endorsement to teach one or more specific subject(s). It is generally advisable to be endorsed in more than one area in order to improve your employability.

For detailed and current information on admission to and requirements of the
certification programs, please see the appropriate listings of the Woodring College of Education. To be assured that you will qualify for endorsement in your desired discipline, Please see endorsement assessment (below).

Endorsement Assessment
Endorsement to teach science may be granted in biology, chemistry, earth science, physics or science. WWU degree programs designed to earn these endorsements are described under "Woodring College of Education".

Majors from other universities which are the essential equivalent of these degrees will qualify for the same endorsements. The most common deficiencies observed are in degree programs that are very narrowly focused, e.g. zoology rather than biology, and the absence of systematic study relating science to contemporary and historical social questions.

Advisors
Those with other degrees, from WWU or other colleges or universities, are strongly advised to consult with the Director of the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Program, Professor Edward Geary or the appropriate science education advisor (below) to determine whether your degree program will qualify and to establish appropriate remedies. It is strongly recommended that this be done prior to or immediately after enrollment to avoid surprises. You are encouraged to send a copy of your academic transcripts (this need not be official for preliminary assessment) to Dr. Geary if you are not resident at Western. He will either assess it himself or refer it to a discipline specialist, depending on the nature of the inquiry. Please tell us what endorsement(s) you want or believe you may qualify for and translate the name of any course which is to be considered but whose title is not obviously relevant.

Biology:

 

Chemistry:

 

Earth Science:

 

Elementary Education Advisor:

 

Physics and Astronomy:

 

Secondary Education Advisor:

 

Graduate Advisor: