As a high school student, you should complete four years of math and one year each of biology, chemistry and physics. College preparatory English and basic computer and communication skills will also be helpful in your preparation for college. We strongly encourage you to pursue instructional experiences like being a tutor, working in study groups and participating in extra-curricular activities involving science or teaching.
Your first semesters in the program include coursework in general education topics such as English, speech and math. You'll also start building your science content core and continue to build expertise in the sciences into your second year. In addition, you'll begin to study the theory and practice of teaching with courses in educational psychology and the foundations of education.
As You Progress
After your first two years, you'll focus on rounding out your scientific knowledge with further courses in the sciences. You'll also develop expertise in teaching theory and practice through coursework and fieldwork in areas of science curriculum and instruction, assessment, classroom management, multiculturalism, and the teaching profession.
Field experiences throughout your program will lead up to a full semester of student teaching in the classroom, working with a cooperating teacher. We encourage you to participate in teaching experiences both within and outside of the program, such as Science Olympiad and science fairs.