College of Natural and Health Sciences
Contact: William H. Hoyt, Ph.D., Department Chair
Location: Ross Hall 3235
Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.
Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.
The program consists of three parts:
- Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
- Required Major Credits
- Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits
The coursework and experiences in this major are designed to provide the student with a broad background in the four earth science disciplines (astronomy, geology, meteorology and oceanography) and supporting sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.
Graduates of this program are prepared to teach earth science in grades 7-12. Graduates will have satisfied all the requirements to receive Secondary Science Licensure from the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
Program Admission Requirements:
Academic Good Standing
- The course of study for this major, including both required and elective courses, must total at least 60 credits and must be developed in consultation with and be approved by the student's academic advisor.
- At least one half of the credits in AST, ESCI, GEOL, MET and OCN courses must be numbered 300 or above. No more than 8 credits of AST, ESCI, GEOL, MET and OCN courses numbered below 200 may be counted toward the major.
- Science and mathematics courses approved for the Liberal Arts Core that are taken as part of this major may also be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core requirements.
- A grade point average of 2.5 in the major courses is required to receive approval for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program, for eligibility to student teach, and for graduation.
In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements. Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program.
Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.
Degree Requirements — 121 Credits
1. Required Specified LAC — 22 credits
LAC area 2 — Mathematics
LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences
Remaining LAC — 21 credits
See “Liberal Arts Core”.
(If you select courses from areas 7 and 8 that also count for areas 3, 4, or 5)
2. Required Major — 42 credits
Course selection may vary, depending upon the educational background of the student, with approval of the advisor.
The following courses are recommended:
Complete the following courses:
Science and math support courses, required to meet CDE Licensure in Secondary Science, are to be selected in consultation with the major advisor.
3. Required PTEP — 36 credits
Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently).
EDFE 110 required semester before; see www.unco.edu/teach/check.html
|STEP 161||Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I||
|EDF 366||Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process||
Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)
|STEP 262||Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II||
|EDSE 360||Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner||
|PSY 349||Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers||
Phase III (9 credits taken concurrently)
EDFE 120 required semester before.
|STEP 363||Clinical Experience: Secondary||
|EDRD 340||Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas||
|SCED 440||Strategies in Teaching Secondary Science||
|SCED 441||Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science||
EDRD 340: maybe taken outside of Phase III
Phase IV (14 credits).
EDFE 130 required semester before.
Student Teaching Notes
- Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place text prior to Student Teaching.
- Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
- All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
- Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
- Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.
- Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.