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Secondary Science/Biology Education (6-12) B.S. Degree

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    Our program prepares you for employment as a high school teacher.

    • Job prospects are best for teachers in high-demand fields, such as science, mathematics and bilingual education.
    • In 2010, the average salary of a Florida teacher was $50,000.
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    This teacher preparation program combines laboratory-based science work with practical, school-based experiences to prepare you for professional certification to teach science in middle and high schools. You earn a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science and Biology Education (grades 6-12). You'll be prepared to teach a wide range of science courses found in the modern high school, including biology, marine biology, anatomy and physiology and environmental science. Many of our graduates certify in chemistry as well.

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    • Enjoy a career with hands-on laboratory experiences that make learning exciting for students and teachers.
    • Help students develop a scientific view of the world, as well as creative and critical thinking skills.
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    Admission requirements

    To be admitted to this 63-credit program, you need:

    • An A.A. degree from a regionally accredited school that shows you met SPC's general education requirements 
    • To have completed these state-mandated prerequisites with a grade of C or higher:
      • EDF 1005 Introduction to Education
      • MAC 2311 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
      • 8 credits of Biology with Labs:
        Biology with Lab I & II—BSC 2010 & BSC 2010L, BSC 2011 & BSC 2011L
      • 8 credits of Chemistry or Physics with Lab
        • (General Chemistry I & II with Labs - CHM 2045 & CHM 2045L, CHM 2046 & CHM 2046L) or (Physics I & II with Labs - PHY 2048 & PHY 1048L, PHY 2049 & PHY 1049L) or (General Physics I & II with Labs – PHY 1053 & PHY 1048L, PHY 1054 & PHY 1049L)
          Note: Chemistry is the preferred option because it also satisfies the prerequisites for BCH 3023, which is part of the major. If the chemistry prerequisites are not taken prior to admission to the College of Education, they must be completed during the first two semesters.
    • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.0 in all college classes
    • Passing scores from all sections of Florida’s General Knowledge test 

    Degree Path from AA to BS to Industry Certification 

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    After completing the coursework for this degree including the school-based hours and internship, students will be guided through the steps to apply for your Florida Professional Certificate.

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  • Science Teacher Education Biology Teacher Education (6-12)
    Bachelor of Science

    BSCED-BS

    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2018 (550)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2018 (550), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



    Program Leadership Information

    Dr. Kimberly Hartman, Dean, (727) 712-5890

    Program Summary

    *** THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING STUDENTS. LAST ADMISSION TERM IS FALL 2018 (0550)***
    This teacher preparation program combines laboratory-based science work with practical, school-based experiences to prepare you for professional certification to teach science in grades 6-12. You earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology Teacher Education (6-12) and will be well prepared to teach topics related to Biological Sciences.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Florida CIP Code

    1101313221: SECONDARY BIOLOGY EDUCATION (BS)

    Federal CIP Code

    13.1322: Biology Teacher Education.

    Job Related Opportunities

    • Our program prepares you for employment as a high school Biological Science teacher. Job prospects are best for teachers in high-demand fields, such as science, math and bilingual education.

    Admission Rules

    Admittance to this 61-credit program requires:
    - An A.A. degree (or transcripts showing 60 credits from a regionally accredited school)
    - Cumulative GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 in all college classes
    - Completion of the state-mandated prerequisites with a grade of C or higher
    EDF 1005- Introduction to Education
    MAC 2311- Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
    8 credits of Biology with Lab:
    Biology with Lab I & II-BSC 2010 & BSC 2010L, BSC 2011 & BSC 2011L
    8 credits of Chemistry or Physics with Lab
    General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis with Lab I & II-CHM 2045 & CHM 2045L, CHM 2046 & CHM 2046L
    Note: This is preferred option because it also satisfies the prerequisites for BCH 3023, which is part of the major. If the chemistry prerequisites are not taken prior to admission to the College of Education, they must be completed during the two semesters.
    Physics with Lab I & II-PHY 2048 & PHY 1048L, PHY 2049 & PHY 1049L

    - Passing scores from all sections of Florida's General Knowledge test
    Students who have questions concerning state mandated prerequisites should consult https://www.floridashines.org/ and review the
    appropriate common prerequisite manual or see an academic advisor.

    Graduation Rules

    GPA:
    A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for graduation.

    CULTURAL DIVERSITY (6 credits):
    Six credits with an international or diversity focus. This requirement may have been satisfied in the first 60 semester hours.

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
    Two years in high school or two semesters of college instruction in a single foreign language.

    Completing all program requirements, including ESOL, demonstrating competency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS) at the pre-professional level, passing all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) and passing the final internship are conditions of graduation.

    Students who have questions concerning catalog year requirements should consult the appropriate SPC College catalog or an academic advisor.

    STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITES
    Education Prerequisites (Grade of "C" or better required)

    EDF 1005Introduction to Education3

    STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITES
    Science & Mathematics Prerequisites (Grade of "C" or better required)

    Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
    Biology I with Lab4
    Biology II with Lab4
    General Chemistry I & II with labs (or Physics I & II with labs or General Physics I & II with labs)8

    ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENT
    A.A. Degree Requirement

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Core Requirements (Complete 27 credits)

    *EDF 3214Student Development and Learning Principles K-123
    EDF 4430Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment in Education K-123
    EDG 3410Classroom Management and Communication K-123
    *EEX 3012Nature and Needs of Exceptional Students K-123
    RED 4043Reading within the Disciplines 5-123
    *SCE 4942Internship: Secondary Science Education 6-1212

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Major Requirements (Complete 31 credits)

    BCH 3023Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry3
    BSC 3096Human Biology3
    BSC 4032Issues & Challenges in Science Education2
    PCB 3043Ecology3
    AND
    PCB 3043LEcology Lab1
    PCB 3063Genetics3
    AND
    PCB 3063LGenetics Lab1
    PCB 4674Evolutionary Biology3
    PCB 4723Comparative Physiology3
    AND
    PCB 4723LComparative Physiology Lab1
    *SCE 3941Secondary Science Field Experience (6-8)1
    SCE 3945Interactive Projects that Promote Learning in Science3
    SCE 4330Secondary School Science & Assessment with Technology3
    *SCE 4940Instructional Methods in Secondary Science & Assessment with Technology Practicum1

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    ESOL Requirements (Complete 3 credits)

    *TSL 3080ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices I P - 123

    * School-based hours total 150 clinical clock hours plus a 15-week internship.

    Total Credits121
  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Bruce BrodneyFaculty,12 MonthSPBrodney.Bruce@spcollege.edu(727) 341-7986
    Meg DelgatoFacultySPDelgato.Meg@spcollege.edu727-341-4422
    Michael PoulinChair, College of EducationCLPoulin.Michael@spcollege.edu(727)791-2788
    Robert RazeFaculty,12 MonthTSRaze.Robert@spcollege.edu(727) 712-5882