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  Oct 17, 2017
 
 
    
2015 - 2017 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, Teacher Certification Plan for Grades 4-8, BS


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The Teaching Certification Plan for grades 4-8 are for students planning a career in middle school teaching with Biology as the academic major and seeking education certification. The description of degree requirements in this section apply to Biology majors seeking certification for 4-8. Consult the College of Education advisor for information regarding education courses and certification procedures. To meet Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requirements, students seeking certification to teach grades 4-8 must take at least 9 hours of math at or above college-level algebra and at least 12 hours of science. They should plan accordingly when meeting general education and elective course requirements. Students seeking certification for 4-8 core subjects must take at least 12 hours of math and 14-16 hours of science. (Students certifying to teach 4-8 Math or Science will have additional hours in their respective disciplines.)

General Education Requirements (30 sch)


Lower Level


Communication (6 sch)


Political Science (U.S., State of Texas and Local Government) (6 sch)


Creative Arts (3 sch)


* UNIV courses are open to students in the Honors Program only.

Component Area (3 sch)


Major Requirements (> 26 sch total, ≥ 18 sch upper level Core Biology courses)


Students seeking certification in 4-8 with Biology as the major must take at least 26 hours in Biology with at least 18 hours at the upper level. This “reduced” major is an option only to students who complete their certification requirements as part of the Bachelor’s degree; students who do not complete their certification requirements as part of the Bachelor’s degree must complete a full Biology major according to the Pre-professional or General Studies plans.

Support Requirements


Science and Mathematics Departmental Requirements


Lower Level


Students seeking certification in 4-8 must demonstrate a basic use of computing through completion of COSC 1335 .

Upper Level


Education Courses


Note: Consult certification advisor for further information

Upper Level


Minor (≥ 18 sch total, ≥ 12 sch upper level)


(refer to Discipline specifications)

TExES Requirements


Candidates for TExES tests in 4-8 Science must have completed the courses listed for each area below (or equivalent courses).

4-8 Science: Complete the courses for BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry or Geology. In addition complete PHYS 1301 /PHYS 1101 .

Candidates for TExES tests in 4-8 Math/Science Composite must have completed the courses listed for each area below (or equivalent courses).

4-8 Math and Science: Complete the courses for the BS in Biology with a minor in Mathematics. In addition complete GEOL 1301 /GEOL 1101  and PHYS 1301 /PHYS 1101  or GEOL 1302 /GEOL 1102 .

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