CERTIFICATION COURSE REQUIREMENTS

NATURAL SCIENCE
Biology

All science candidates, regardless of disciplinary major, are required to demonstrate competence in the common core science standards.  Thus, while science candidates major in one of the above disciplines, you may be required to take coursework across the sciences.

Upon completing an approved program and taking all ISBE tests, you will earn a Secondary Certificate (Type 09) with an endorsement in science with a designation in your major (biology, chemistry, or physics).   This certificate and endorsement will allow you to teach lower level courses across the sciences:  biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, and physics. You may, however, only teach honors and AP courses in your designation, that is, the subject of your major.

The principal objective of the biology specialization is to provide students with a comprehensive and current background in all of the major subdisciplines of biology. The biology curriculum consists of a strong core of laboratory and field courses, which lend themselves to the investigative approach to science education, for it is principally in these environments that such approaches can best be implemented. The development of independent individuals who think carefully and who ask questions is the hallmark of the program.

Professional Education Requirements

The courses below must be taken in the sequence listed. The courses below must be taken in the sequence listed. Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions on concurrent enrollment.

First year, spring semester or sophomore year, fall semester   Educ 225 Education and Social Justice (CSI)
Sophomore year, fall or spring   Educ 255 Child Study and Assessment (WI)
    Educ 257 The Exceptional Child (U)
Sophomore year, spring or junior year, fall   Educ 260 Middle School Philosophy (elective; required for middle school endorsement)
Junior year, spring   Educ 363 Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Natural Sciences
    Educ 365 Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas
Senior year, fall *   Educ 490 Student Teaching Seminar
    Educ 495 Student Teaching: Secondary Science
Senior year spring **   Educ 498 Educational Inquiry

*ACM Urban Education (UEP) participants may student teach spring semester senior year, with approval. 

**Ninth semester graduates and spring semester UEP candidates only may take Educ 401 during the spring semester of the junior year, with department approval.

Middle School Endorsement Option

Candidates wishing to teach subject specific grades 6-8 must complete Teaching and Learning in the Middle School (Educ 260). Coursework on early adolescent development is included in Educational Studies 255 and 260. Candidates wishing to student teach in grades 6-8 should take Educ 260 prior to student teaching, but not concurrent with Educational Studies 362.

General Education

While Illinois Wesleyan University general education requirements are the same as those required by all students in the College of Liberal Arts, the following courses are recommended for science certification candidates, in order to meet ISBE Content Area Standards.

Analysis of Values  
Anthropology 360 Race, racism, and anthropology
Env Studies 100 Environment and Society
Env Studies 262 Ethical Dilemmas in Environmental Politics
Phil 214 Philosophy of Education
Phil 225 Medical Ethics
Phil 302 Ethics and the Environment
Bio/Phil 300  Biology and Ethics (W)
Soc 122 Social Problems and Values
Contemporary Social Institutions  
Psci 260 American Environmental Politics
Env Studies/Psci 361 Globalization and the Environment (G)
Intellectual Traditions  
Phil 106 God and Science
Phil 107 Introduction to the Philosophy of Natural Science
Physical Science Issues  
Phys 239 Problems of Nuclear Disarmament (G)
Life Science Issues  
Env Studies /Bio 227 Environmental Issues
Cultural and Historical Change  
Env Studies 248 American Environmental History


Major Requirements

Bio 101 General Biology
Bio 102 General Biology
Bio 217, 219, or 316 Population, Community, or Evolutionary Biology (one course)
Bio 306 or 315 Plant Biology (one course)
Bio 219, 302, 307, 310, 311, 313, 314 Systems or Organismal Biology (one course)
Bio 312 Genetics
Bio 240, 314, 317, 330, 407, 410, 412, or 414 Cellular and Molecular Biology (Must include Bio. 312 and one other course)
Bio 217, 219 or 316 Population, Community or Evolutionary Biology (one course)
Bio Elective  (select 3 courses in consultation with advisor)
  One biology course must have a significant investigative component (selected from Bio. 217, 302, 314, 326, 327, 328, 330, 399, 407, 411, 412, 495 or 499)


ISBE Core Science standards require additional courses, specifically at least one laboratory course in physics (from 101, 102 or 105, 106) and chemistry (from 201, 202, 311, 312). Consult with your Biology major and Educational Studies advisors regarding the best options.


All science majors must demonstrate proficiency in the core science standards. as well as the content area standards specific to one’s designation (major) . The APT test, Grades 6-12 (103) is required prior to recommendation for certification. Registration can be completed here.
ISBE Standards

You may qualify to teach honors/AP courses in other designations by completing the requirements outlined in the handbook. Note:  It is not possible to earn endorsements in environmental or earth science without completing an approved program in biology, chemistry, or physics.

Requirements for Additional Endorsement Designations in Science

Biology

  • Completion of an approved program in biology, chemistry or physics
  • Educ 362 and 362A1
  • Bio 101 and 102
  • Chem 201 and 202
  • Bio 306 or 315
  • Bio 217, 219, or 316
  • Additional biology 300 or above
  • 1 unit from earth and space science, environmental science or physics
  • ISBE Content Area test in Science: Biology (105)

Chemistry

  • Completion of an approved program in biology, chemistry or physics
  • Educ 362 and 362A2
  • 6 units in chemistry, including 3 in upper level coursework
  • 2 units from 2 other designated areas (biology, earth and space science, environmental science, and/or physics)
  • ISBE Content Area test in Science: Chemistry (106)

Earth and Space Science

  • Completion of an approved program in biology, chemistry or physics
  • Educ 362 and 362A3
  • 6 units in earth and space science, including 3 in upper level coursework
  • 2 units from 2 other designated areas (biology, chemistry, environmental science, and/or physics)
  • ISBE Content Area test in Science: Earth and Space Science (108)

Environmental Science

  • Completion of an approved program in biology, chemistry or physics
  • Educ 362 and 362A1
  • 6 units in environmental science, including 3 in upper level coursework
  • 2 units from 2 other designated areas (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and/or physics)
  • ISBE Content Area test in Science: Environmental Science (112)

Physics

  • Completion of an approved program in biology, chemistry or physics
  • Educ 362 and 362A3
  • 6 units in physics, including 3 in upper level coursework
  • 2 units from 2 other designated areas (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and/or environmental science)
  • ISBE Content Area test in Science: Physics (116)

Coursework for the above endorsements may be taken at other institutions with the approval of your major advisor and the Director of Teacher Education.

Second Subject Teaching Endorsements

Natural Science candidates may earn a second subject endorsement in Health Education by

  • Completing a major or 8 units in Health, including upper level coursework.
  • ISBE Content Area exam in Health Education (142).

The completion of endorsements is noted during the entitlement process completed by the Educational Studies office.

Natural science candidates may earn other subject endorsements only by completing the appropriate approved program. Refer to www.iwu.edu/~edstu for specific program requirements.

You may add endorsements to your certificate after graduation and any time during your teaching career by completing state requirements . The application form can be found here