2023-2024 University Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Biology - Education (Grades 7 to 12), Teaching Certification

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  • Brett Aiello, Ph.D.
  • Jessica Brzyski, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Casebeer, Ph. D.
  • Jamie Fornsaglio, Ph.D.
  • Kimberly Graziano, M.S.
  • Kathleen Harris, Ph.D.
  • Donna Haworth-Ward, Ph.D.
  • Bobbie Leeper, Ph.D.  
  • Nicole McAllister, Ph.D.
  • Ja’Nean Reay Ph.D.   
  • Renee Rosier, Ph.D.
  • Tricia Shelton, Ed.D.
  • Melissa Tamburrino, Ed.D.

For teaching certification requirements and learning objectives go to ”Education -Teaching Certification ”.

Learning Objectives: Biology

  1. 1. Foundational Concepts

    1.1. Explain the unity of life at the cellular, organismal, and population levels.

    1.2. Explain how evolution is the source of both unity and diversity in living and extinct organisms.

    1.3. Identify key concepts of biological science including those from the disciplines of anatomy, ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, and systematics.

    1.4. Synthesize the inter-relationships between biology and the disciplines of chemistry, mathematics, and physics on exams or in written assignments.


    2. Biological Communication

    2.1. Use the proper language of biological science in oral and written communications.

    2.2. Summarize and interpret one’s own data through the use of graphs, charts, and tables.

    2.3. Access and analyze the scientific literature.

    2.4. Distinguish between credible and non-credible sources for use in scientific forums.


    3. Biological Practice

    3.1. Apply a scientific approach to problem solving.

    3.2. Design and implement a scientific experiment in a laboratory or field setting.

    3.3. Demonstrate proficiency with the tools of biological research, including those associated with the laboratory and field studies.

    3.4. Discuss and reflect upon the role that personal integrity and honesty play in the advancement of science.

    3.5. Develop a professional vision that recognizes and supports the need for diversity in the sciences.


    4. Biology and the World

    4.1. Explain the influence that biological ideas and discoveries have had on the development of culture and society.

    4.2. Appraise the impact of human activities on the environment and articulate solutions.

    4.3. Evaluate specific career options associated with biological science, including those that require graduate-level education.

    4.4. Evaluate ethical considerations associated with applications of biotechnology and express one’s own position on such issues.

This certificate program prepares the student for a teaching certificate for seventh through twelfth grade.

Total Credits: 117-118

Special Education Endorsement

For students who wish to receive Special Education Endorsement in Secondary Education, the additional required courses are:

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