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Degree and Certification Programs

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

Education Core Coursework (21 HRS)

  • C&I 602 – Curriculum and Teaching Principles (3)
  • EDP 600 – Educational Psychology (3)
  • C&I 688 – Classroom Management (3)
  • C&I 689 – Cultural Diversity in the Classroom (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

PHYSICS 9-Adult 
PHYS 111 – General Physics 1 4
PHYS 112 – General Physics 2 4
PHYS 314 – Introductory Modern Physics 4

PHYSICS ELECTIVES 
(Choose at least 9 hours from the list below or others in consult with your advisor) 
PHYS 321 Optics 
PHYS 331 Theoretical Mechanics 1 
PHYS 333 Electricity and Magnetism I 
PHYS 341 Advanced Physics Lab

Total hours in Physics: 21

GENERAL SCIENCE 5-ADULT
ASTR 106 – Descriptive Astronomy (3)

BIO 101 & BIO 103 – General Biology & General Biology Lab (4)
OR
BIO 115 – Principles of Biology (4)

BIO 102 & BIO 104 – General Biology & General Biology Lab (4)
OR
BIO 117 – Introductory Physiology (4)

CHEM 111 – Survey of Chemistry & Lab (4)
OR 
CHEM 115 – Fundamentals of Chemistry & Lab (4)

CHEM 112 – Survey of Chemistry & Lab (4)
OR 
CHEM 116 – Fundamentals of Chemistry & 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 for General Science: 27

TOTAL HOURS FOR MASTERS AND CERTIFICATION: 96


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 #0265-Physics; # 0432-General Science, #0235-Biology and #0481-Physical Science (Note: #0265 may be used in substitution for #0481) [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.