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Degree and Certification Programs

Master of Arts and Initial Certification:
General Science 5-Adult

Education Coursework (21 HRS)

  • C&I 602 – Curriculum and Teaching Principles (3)
  • C&I 688 – Classroom Management (3)
  • C&I 689 – Cultural Diversity in the Classroom (3)
  • EDP 600 – Educational Psychology (3)
  • RDNG 622 – Content Area Literacy (3)
  • SPED 500 – Legal/Educational Foundations: SPED (3)
  • SPED 601 – Special Ed. Curriculum and Methods (3)

Specialization Area Requirements (9 HRS)

  • C&I 644 – Secondary Science Teaching Methods (3)
  • C&I 648 – Science/Technology/Personal & Social Perspectives (3)
  • C&I 649 – History & Philosophy of Science & Science Education (3) 

Recommended Electives (6 HRS)

  • 400 or higher level courses from content area
  • 600 or higher level C&I pedagogical content area courses such as C&I 645, C&I 646, C&I 647, Ethics in Research and Teaching, Concept Mapping and Cognition, Seminar in STEM Education Research

Total Hours in Masters: 36


Clinical Experience Requirements (12 HRS)

  • C&I 588 – Advanced Field Experience (2)
  • C&I 585 – Advanced Clinical Experience (7)
  • C&I 680 – Technology Integration/Capstone Experience (3)

Total Hours: 48


Content and Coursework for Certification

General Science 5-Adult

ASTR 106 – Descriptive Astronomy (3)
BIOL 101 – General Biology (3)
BIOL 103 – General Biology Lab (1)
BIOL 102 – General Biology (3)
BIOL 104 – General Biology Lab (1)

CHEM 111 – Survey of Chemistry & Lab (4) 
OR
CHEM115 – Fundamentals of Chemistry (4)

CHEM 112 – Survey of Chemistry & Lab (4) 
OR
CHEM 116 – Fundamentals of Chemistry (4)

PHYS 101 – Introductory Physics & Lab (4) 
OR
PHYS 111 – General Physics I & Lab (4)

PHYS 102 – Introductory Physics & Lab (4) 
OR
PHYS 112 – General Physics II & Lab (4)

GEOL 101 – Planet Earth (3)
GEOL 102 – Planet Earth Lab (1)
GEOL 103 – Earth Through Time (3)
GEOL 104 – Earth Through Time Lab (1)
Electives – Bio, Chem, Physics, and/or Geology (13)

TOTAL HOURS: 48

Estimated Total Hours for MA and Certification: 96


West Virginia State Certification Requirements:

  • Praxis I #10710 or #5710 PPST Reading; Praxis I #20720 or #5720 PPST Writing; Praxis I #10730 or #5730 PPST Math [NOTE: Praxis I tests are waived if you have already completed a master’s degree OR if you scored 26 on the ACT OR if you scored 1125 on the SAT.]
  • Praxis II #20231 Biology, Praxis II #10432 General Science, Praxis II #20481 Physical Science [NOTE: Successful completion of these assessments are required prior to student teaching; scores must be received prior to the first day of student teaching.]
  • Praxis II #20524 Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) [NOTE: Successful completion of this assessment is required prior to applying for a WV teaching license. Receiving a passing score on this assessment is not required for WVU program completion or for graduation.]

Curriculum summary sheets and checklists are subject to change due to program changes and changes made in state certification requirements.