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B.S. in Secondary Biology Education

The Fischler College of Education is no longer accepting new applicants for this program.

Become a science teacher and inspire the newest generation of educators, researchers, and applied scientists. You'll be in high demand with your specialty certification for teaching biology at the middle and high school levels. Plus, you become eligible to lead environmental courses in high schools.

What you’ll study
Expand your study of the fascinating field of biology while gaining essential skills in teaching. You'll choose a path from a large selection of biology courses, including human anatomy, microbiology, and various lab courses. In education, you'll study and practice the art of instruction.

How you’ll learn more
As a teacher candidate, you'll document your progress toward certification and complete a supervised teaching internship in a local middle or high school . Working alongside experienced teachers, you'll find inspiration and learn vital tricks of the trade.

Where it can take you
By the time you graduate, you'll be eligible to take the exam for state certification. This credential opens doors to secure employment in public or private schools, both in Florida and many other states. Because the field of biology is expanding rapidly, the role of the biology teacher is gaining importance as a vehicle to prepare the scientists of tomorrow. 

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GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (30 CREDITS)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program. For specific course requirements, refer to the General Education Program section in the Academic Resources and Procedures segment of the catalog.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (6 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDUC 2500 Education Pre-enrollment Seminar
This seminar provides an orientation to technology and program skills necessary for successful participation in the undergraduate programs. Students will be introduced to university systems designed to provide support and services to the undergraduate student during the formal program of study. An overview of all facets of the undergraduate programs will be provided, including how to locate course schedules online, how to contact academic advising, and how to access resources. Students will learn interactive technology skills, such as using e-mail and sending attachments, navigating the Internet, accessing the electronic library, using APA format, locating and using the undergraduate website and using Blackboard for online classes. Pre-Requisites: None
0
ESOL 2903 Cross Cultural Studies
This course will enable students to expand their knowledge of a multiplicity of cultural groups nationwide. This knowledge will allow them to identify culture-specific verbal and nonverbal communications and school behaviors resulting from cultural variations and their influence on student behavior/attitudes. The use of recent research findings and cross-cultural awareness will assist participants in maximizing student learning and in designing culturally-sensitive instructional materials while exhibiting appropriate teacher behaviors in cross-cultural school settings. In addition to class meetings, a 10 hour virtual field experience is required for this course. Pre-Requisites: None
3
MATH 1060 Concepts in Probability and Statistics
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-Requisites: None
3

EDUCATION MAJOR COURSES (74 CREDITS)

Teacher candidates in the state-approved teacher education program in the secondary biology education major (grades 6–12) must also keep track of program benchmarks within the courses. There are five benchmarks, coinciding with five blocks in the state-approved programs. At these five benchmarks, teacher candidates provide documentation showing completion of program requirements. A supervised field experience occurs in SECE 3550.

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDUC 3330 Integrating Instructional Technology in the Classroom
Presents strategies for technological integration into the classroom curriculum in elementary/secondary learning environments. Hands-on experiences will allow students to apply teaching practices and research to specific learning needs of typical and atypical learners. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 5 hours in school & (5) virtual observation hours are required.
3
ESOL 3340 Survey of TESOL for Teachers
This course will assist participants in identifying and selecting instructional strategies, approaches, and materials for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in ESOL classrooms. Knowledge of these elements will be demonstrated by development and presentation of lesson plans appropriately based on age, language proficiency, cultural background and learning styles. A 10 hour field experience is required for this course. Pre-requisite/s: ESOL 2903
3
EDUC 3350 Survey of Exceptional Student Education
Foundations in exceptional student education in which historical perspectives, student characteristics, prevalence, incidence, etiology and medical aspects of exceptional learners are discussed. Techniques of prevention and intervention, from infancy through adulthood, are explored through classification processes, the continuum of services and the utilization of community services. Current trends and issues will be investigated. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a field setting is required. Pre-requisite/s: COMP 1500, COMP 2000 or COMP 2020, MATH 1040, MATH 1050, and GKEP
3
EDUC 3360 Educational Psychology
This course combines the two fields of psychology and education. It is the scientific study of human beings and the principles by which learning can be increased and directed by education. Students will learn about principles of development, learning, assessment, and motivation, among other areas of study for prospective teachers to consider as they analyze student behavior and make decisions for instruction. PREREQUISITES: None
3
EDUC 3525 Principles of Instruction
This course focuses on building teacher candidates? repertoire of instructional practices and lesson planning skills. Candidates learn about six pedagogical models: presentation, concept teaching, direct instruction, cooperative learning, problem-based instruction, and discussion. Candidates apply their knowledge of the instructional practices as they learn how to plan a lesson that promotes students? achievement. This course is ESOL infused. Prerequisite(s): EDUC 3360
3
SECE 3550 Methods of Teaching Middle School and Secondary Science
The purpose of this course is to examine content and methods for teaching science in middle and secondary school. You will explore a variety of techniques and reflect on approaches most applicable to teaching and learning in the middle school and high school science classroom. "Hands-on" approaches, resources, materials, technology, and ideas drawn from the student's experience will be discussed. A full and comprehensive grasp of the National and State standards in science will be developed. There will be a Field experience in a community school required. Prerequisites: BIO 1100; EDUC 3525; EDUC 3350, ESOL 3340; GKEP; GKMP; GKRP; GKSP
3
SECE 4320 Middle and Secondary Schools Classroom Management
This course examines the knowledge base and repertoire for effective classroom management for the middle and secondary school classroom. Course work is tied to state standards (e.g., Florida Preprofessional Educator Accomplished Practices, Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium). Teacher candidates are required to apply their classroom management knowledge base and repertoire in an actual middle or secondary school classroom; therefore, ten hours of field experiences are required. This course is ESOL infused. Prerequisites: none
3
EDUC 4200 Simulation Experience-Diversity
The Simulation Experience is a three credit, eight week course that all students must complete prior to internship. Students (in teams) are ?placed? in simulated school settings and required to recommend interventions relating to issues that arise relating to diversity. The Simulation Experience takes place over three phases; these phases take place in a kindergarten, middle school, or high school setting. The Simulation Experience is directly related to the QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) within the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Prerequisite/s: EECP 3550 or ELEM 4320, or ESED 4320, or SECE 4320
3
SECE 4550 Teaching Inquiry Science in Middle and Secondary Schools
The design of this course is to prepare and equip all secondary biology education majors with the knowledge, skills, principles, major concepts, current theories, practices, and dispositions of teaching science in the secondary school. Concepts and methods of teaching science through inquiry based learning and hands-on investigation activities will be explored, discussed, and each teacher candidate will develop hands-on activities and assessments that promote scientific inquiry. There is a ten hour field experience requirement. Pre-requisites passing grade in SECE 3550
3
SECE 4560 Methods of Teaching Secondary Reading
This course addresses the significance of reading ability and study skills throughout the secondary school curriculum. The emphasis is on identifying sources of difficulties experienced by secondary school students in reading and learning from instructional materials. General strategies for learning from textbooks are examined as well as study skills and specific strategies for dealing with text materials from particular content areas. Students will implement ESOL strategies in planning and presenting lessons. In addition to class meetings, at least 10 hours of field experiences are required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2500, EDUC 3330, EDUC 3350, EDUC 3360, and EDUC 3525
3
ESOL 4565 Second Language Learning
This course will assist participants in identifying and selecting instructional strategies, approaches, and materials for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in ESOL classrooms. Knowledge of these elements will be demonstrated by development and presentation of lesson plans appropriately based on age, language proficiency, cultural background and learning styles. A 10 hour field experience is required for this course. Pre-requisite/s: ESOL 2903, and ESOL 3340
3

Biology Specialty Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIOL 1070 Basics in Human Heredity
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
3
CHEM 1150 Essentials of Chemistry OR CHEM 1100 Fundamentals of Chemistry
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
3
BIOL 2400 Applied Microbiology
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
3
BIOL 3340 Instrumentation and Laboratory Techniques
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
3

Choose 4 credits from the following two selections:

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIOL 1450 General Biology I (online)
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
3
BIOL 1451 General Biology I Lab (online) 1
BIOL 1500 Biology I/ Lab
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
4

Choose 4 credits from the following two selections:

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIOL 1460 General Biology II (online)
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
3
BIOL 1461 General Biology II Lab (online) 1
BIOL 1510 Biology II/ Lab
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
4

Choose 4 credits from the following two selections:

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIOL 3150 Fundamentals of Ecology (online)
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
3
BIOL 3151 Fundamentals of Ecology Lab (online) 1
BIOL 3200 General Ecology/ Lab
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
4

Choose 5 credits from the following two selections:

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIOL 3250 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology (online)
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
3
BIOL 3251 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology Lab (online)
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
2
BIOL 3312 Human Anatomy and Physiology/Lab
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-requisite/s: None
5
SEBI 4570 Secondary Biology Internship and Seminar
This course for Secondary Biology Education majors offers a comprehensive review and practical application of educational philosophy, methods, and strategies through a 12-week clinical experience (internship) consisting of 450 hours in a secondary biology classroom setting that includes coursework and seminars. The central coursework is composed of a 12-week clinical experience, with the concurrent seminar serving as a supportive and reinforcing component. During the seminar sessions, the teacher candidate will explore, in depth, such topics as school board rules, regulations and policies; professional ethics; best practices; national and state standards; teaching strategies; current trends in education; teaching competencies; secondary biology student assessment; NSTA safety guidelines for the science lab, including the safety and welfare of all living things in the science lab, and reflective practices. This course requires candidates to demonstrate professional, pedagogical, and content standards, including ESOL competencies and skills. Prerequisite/s: General Education Requirements (30 credits), Open Electives (12 credits), EDUC 2500, ESOL 2903, EDUC 3330, ESOL 3340, EDUC 3350, EDUC 3360, SECE 3550, SECE 4320, EDUC 4200, SECE 4550, SECE 4560, ESOL 4565, BIOL 1070, CHEM 1150, BIOL 2400, BIOL 3340, BIOL 1450 and BIOL 1451 or BIOL 1500, BIOL 1460 and BIOL 1461 or BIOL 1510, BIOL 3150 and BIOL 3151 or BIOL 3200, BIOL 3250 and BIOL 3251 or BIOL 3312
12

TOTAL CREDITS: 120

Coursework for a bachelor’s degree in secondary biology education is available for traditional students and working professionals at NSU’s Main Campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The field experiences provide teacher candidates with an opportunity to perform the duties of a classroom teacher within the classroom setting. The purpose of these experiences is to allow teacher candidates to demonstrate their understanding of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and subject area competencies. A minimum of 10 field experience hours expected per education course and are to be completed throughout the education program.

The clinical practice (internship) is the culminating experience for those teacher candidates earning a bachelor’s degree in education. The teacher candidate is assigned full time to a school for 12 weeks. Opportunities are provided for the teacher candidate to engage in lesson planning, instruction, and parent/teacher conferences. During this period, the teacher candidate will observe, teach, and evaluate students in conjunction with the regular classroom teacher.

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Biology Education is a Florida state-approved certification program, and meets all of the requirements for the Florida Department of Education’s secondary biology education (grades 6 -12) initial certification.

Florida participates in the Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel with 38 other states for teacher certification and/or licensure. Graduates who wish to teach outside the state of Florida must contact their state’s Department of Education for information on achieving certification through reciprocity.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career. 

4-Year Plan of Study
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