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Degree and Certification Programs

Master of Arts and Initial Certification: General Science 5-Adult and Biology 9-Adult

Education Core 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 – Academic Interventions: Special Needs (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 including C&I 639, C&I 645, C&I 646, C&I 647, 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

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE 9-Adult 
BIOL 115 – Principles of Biology (4)
BIOL 117 – Introductory Physiology (4)
BIOL 219 – The Living Cell (4)
BIOL 221 – Ecology and Evolution (3)
BIOL 321 – Total Science Experience Lab (2)

Choose at least 3 to 4 credits from the each following group of Biology courses:

CELLULAR/MOLECULAR: 
BIOL 310 – Advanced Cellular/Molecular Biology & Lab (3)
BIOL 313 – Molecular Basis of Cellular Growth (3)

Or other cellular/molecular courses as listed and approved by the advisor

ORGANISMIC: 
BIOL 440 – Comparative Anatomy (4)
BIOL 340 – Invertebrate Zoology (4)

Or other Organismic courses as listed and approved by the advisor

ECOLOGY, SYSTEMATIC: 
BIOL 361 – Plant Ecology (4)
BIOL 350 – Plant Physiology (4)

Or other Ecology/Systematic courses as listed and approved by the advisor

TOTAL HOURS IN BIOLOGY 26-29


General Science 5-ADULT

ASTR 106 – Descriptive Astronomy (3)

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)

TOTAL HOURS IN GENERAL SCIENCE: 27

Total Hours in Content: 53-56

TOTAL HOURS FOR MASTERS AND CERTIFICATION: 101-104


West Virginia State Certification Requirements:

  • Praxis I: CASE/CORE Tests: Reading # 5712; Writing #5722; Mathematics # 5732 [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 #0235-Biology, # 0432-General Science, and #0481-Physical Science [NOTE: Successful completion of this assessment is required prior to student teaching; scores must be received prior to the first day of the internship.]
  • Praxis II #0624, 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.