For Intra-University Transfers:
Arts and Sciences: Advising and Academic Support Office, 323 Hall of Languages, 315-443-3150, firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Education: Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230; 315-443-9319, email@example.com
Sharon Dotger, Program Coordinator, 150 Huntington Hall, 315-443-9138, firstname.lastname@example.org
Advances in science and technology have revolutionized the way people live. Science teachers from Syracuse University rise to the challenge of helping students learn the processes, skills, and body of scientific knowledge necessary to excel in the increasingly technological world. At Syracuse University, science education students work closely with faculty with the goal of becoming teachers who have strong science content knowledge; who teach using inclusive and culturally relevant practice and who critically reflect and explain their practice; who collaborate with others and exhibit professional conduct; and who are able to assess their students’ learning and development of scientific literacy.
Science education offers students four specific programs from which to choose their field of study: science education/biology, science education/chemistry, science education/earth science, science education/physics. In each of these areas, students have the opportunity to earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree, depending on which major requirements are completed in their primary science area.
In the science education/biology, B.A. option, students earn one B.A. degree with majors in biology and science education/biology, and complete courses in three major areas:
- Liberal Arts Core and electives
- Biology (B.A.) major in the College of Arts and Sciences
- Professional education courses (including student teaching)
When planning their sequence of courses, students should keep in mind that at least 9 credits of education including student teaching are required in the fall of the senior year in order to meet the prerequisites for the spring student teaching experience. As many biology courses as possible should be completed by the end of the junior year.
A total of 124 credits is required. Some students may need to complete total program credits that are slightly greater than 124. The program meets the academic requirements for New York State initial certification to teach biology to grades 7-12. Successful completion of certification examinations, an application and a background check are also required for New York State teacher certification.
A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average is required for admission to the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education dual enrollment program. GPA requirements for admission to the candidacy and standard student teaching semesters, and other prerequisites to these semesters, are mentioned below. Intra-University transfer to the School of Education is coordinated through the Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230, and a course sequencing plan must be completed with an advisor at the time of application.