The Science Education program at the University of Oklahoma College of Education includes a teaching certification track that gives students who wish to teach middle and high school science a solid foundation in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology and earth sciences) and proven pedagogy. Students take their science education courses in the John W. Renner Science Education Center. After completion of a rigorous study of science content related to the student's licensure areas and thorough investigations into sound, successful, theory-based pedagogy, students are highly qualified for science teaching positions at the secondary level.
Students seeking secondary school science certification are required to complete a Bachelor of Science degree plus one graduate-level course. Degree and certification can be accomplished in four years, though this can vary depending on when the student becomes a fully admitted student to the college. Students receive their certification in Science Education to teach in middle school, junior high school, and high school.
Over 100 hours of field experiences prepare students for the internship during the student's final undergraduate semester. Internships last 16 weeks, and students work in the classroom creating lessons and teaching and are carefully matched with cooperating teachers for their student teaching.
A Science Education student graduates with a bachelor of science degree in education. With this degree, students may pursue graduate degrees in many areas, including a master’s and a doctorate in science education.
Students are recommended for certification to become science teachers for middle school or junior high school and/or high school after graduation and after passing required state certification exams which include the OGET, OSAT and OPTE.
Interests and Skills
Science Education students typically have interests in the natural sciences (biology, earth sciences, chemistry, and physics) and also enjoy working with middle and high school-aged students.