Educational Studies

Science: Biology

Completion of all program requirements, including passing state tests, qualifies you to teach the science of your major (biology, chemistry, or physics) at all levels in grades 9-12, including honors and AP courses. You are also qualified to teach lower level courses across all the sciences (chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, and physics) regardless of your major. This is why all science candidates, regardless of major, are required to complete additional coursework beyond the major and demonstrate competence in the core science standards. To qualify for teaching honors and AP courses in areas of science other than your major, plan on obtaining an additional science content specific endorsement. 

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) Handbook provides detailed information about the TEP program, admission requirements, field requirements, and state and university licensure requirements.

 

 

Secondary Education Major

Secondary Education Major/Professional Education (10 units)

Take the courses below in the sequence listed. Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions on concurrent enrollment. The professional education courses listed below are used to compute your professional education grade point average (gpa) for TEP and student teaching acceptance. 

First Year

Fall/Spring

EDUC 225

Educa tion and Social Justice (CSI)

(or fall semester sophomore year)

20-25 hours field experience

Sophomore

Year

Fall

EDUC 255

 

C h ild Study and Assessment (WI)

 

20-25 hours field experience

Sophomore Year

Spring

EDUC 257

T h e Exceptional Child (or fall junior year) (U.S. Diversity Flag)

 

Junior Year*

Fall

EDUC 257

T h e Exceptional Child (U.S. Diversity Flag)

 

Junior Year*

Fall

EDUC 320

(or EDUC 365)

Foundations of Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication

20 hours field experience

Junior year*

Spring

EDUC 345

Instructional Planning, Assessment and Safe Learning Environments

40-45 hours field experience

Junior Year*

Spring

EDUC 363

(.5 units)

 

Seminar: C ur r iculum and Pedagogy in the Natural Sciences

 

Field experience concurrent with EDUC 345

Junior Year

May

EDUC 365

Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas

10 hours field experience or as needed to insure completion of 100 hours of field experience

 

Senior Year

Fall

 

EDUC 490

 

S tudent Teaching Seminar

 

15 week full time immersion in

the field (continues May placement)

Senior Year

Fall

EDUC 495

S tudent Teaching:

Secondary Science

 15 week full time immersion in    

 the field (continues May placement)

Senior Year**

Spring

EDUC 498

Educa tional Inquiry (WI)

 

*If planning to travel abroad, do so prior to spring term of junior year, and plan enrollment in 225, 255, and 257 accordingly. **Ninth semester graduates delay required 300 level professional Education coursework to the senior year, and take EDUC 498 prior to student teaching spring semester senior year.

 

Biology  Major

Biology Major (10 units)

The requirements listed below reflect the most recent information from the Biology Department. You are advised to consult the IWU catalog and your major advisor regarding current requirements for your graduating class. The required  Biology courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance. 

Biology 101 and 102

General Biology

Biology 312

Genetics

One course in Molecular or Cellular Biology from:

Bio 240, 314, 317, 330, 407, 410, 412, or 414.

One course in Plant Biology

Bio 306 or 315

One course in Population, or Community Biology, or in Evolutionary Biology from:

Bio 217, 219, or 316.

One course in Systems or Organismal Biology from:

Bio 219, 302, 307, 310, 311, 313, 314.

Two additional courses

 

One course must have a significant investigative/research component from:

Bio 217, 302, 314, 326, 327, 328, 330, 399, 407, 411, 412, 495, or 499.

Cross-listed numbers such as Bio 314 (Molecular and Cellular, Systems or Organismal Biology) and 219 (Systems or Organismal Biology and Population or Community Biology or Evolutionary Biology) cannot be counted in more than one category.

 

Biology 390

SEED: Showcasing Evidence of Experience and Development (.25 units)

Chemistry 201, 202

General Chemistry

Physics 101 or 105

General Physics 

Chemistry and Physics courses are not used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance; however you must earn a grade of C- or higher, per state licensure requirements.

 

Additional Content Specific Endorsements in Science

Science candidates may earn additional high school level content specific endorsements in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, and/or Earth and Space Science by passing the applicable ISBE Content Area test and completing three units of coursework in the discipline. Alternatively, you may qualify by completing another major in the area of the endorsement. A content specific endorsement "highly qualifies" one to teach AP or Honors level courses in one of the above science disciplines.

The four year licensure program rarely allows completion of required endorsement coursework in additional areas such as social science, English, mathematics, or foreign language. (See those program handbook pages for specific endorsement requirements.) Please consult with your Educational Studies advisor, the Director of Teacher Education, or the Assistant Director for Teacher licensure about pursuing additional endorsements.

The Assistant Director for Teacher Licensure verifies the completion of endorsement requirements during the entitlement process. You may add endorsements to your license after graduation and any time during your teaching career by completing  state requirements (https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Subsequent-Teaching-Endorsements.aspx). Applicants apply for additional endorsements using the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). 

General Education

IWU General Education

The IWU general education category requirements listed below are met with required major or licensure courses.

Analysis of Values (AV)
PHIL 214, Philosophy of Education (recommended but not required)
Contemporary Social Institutions (CSI)
EDUC 225 (required)
Formal Reasoning (FR)
Consult with your science major advisor regarding recommended mathematics courses for the major.
Life and Physical Science Issues and Lab
Major and licensure requirements
Writing Intensive (WI)
EDUC 255 and 498 courses (required). Additional WI requirements are in the major
U.S. Diversity flag (US)
EDUC 257 (required)

 

Additional Endorsements Additional Content Specific Endorsements in Science 

Science candidates may earn additional high school level content specific endorsements in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, and/or Earth and Space Science by passing the applicable ISBE Content Area test and three units of coursework in the discipline. Alternatively, you may qualify by completing another major in the area of the endorsement. A content specific endorsement “highly qualifies” you to teach AP or Honors level courses in one of the above science disciplines. 

The four year licensure program rarely allows completion of required endorsement coursework in additional areas such as social science, English, mathematics, or foreign language. (See those program handbook pages for specific endorsement requirements.) Please consult with your Educational Studies advisor, the Director of Teacher Education, or the Assistant Director for Teacher Licensure about pursuing additional endorsements. 

The Assistant Director for Teacher Licensure verifies the completion of endorsement requirements during the entitlement process. You may add endorsements to your license after graduation and any time during your teaching career by completing state requirements. Applicants apply for additional endorsements using the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). 
Sample Course Plan Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Sample Course Plan Year 2

Fall Semester

  • EDUC 255  Child Study and Assessment (WI) *
  • Second language course
  • BIOL  Course (see required major coursework for licensure candidates)
  • MATH 176 Applied Analysis I (FR) or
  • Formal Reasoning General Education Course
*Physics 101 or 102 should be taken by the end of the second year.