Biology Education (7-12), (Certification Only)

About the Program: 

The biology education (7–12) postbaccalaureate teacher certification program leads to eligibility for a New York State initial certificate to teach both biology and general science in grades 7–12. This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in biology or a related field from an accredited college or university and intend to complete the coursework required for New York State certification to teach biology in secondary schools or general science in middle schools.

After successfully completing the teacher certification program and passing required New York State teacher certification exams, students are eligible to apply for New York State certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Caudell Hall 101.

No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.

A minimum GPA of 2.75 in required biology courses is needed for admission to SED
405, SED 407, and SED 408.

Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.

Admission Requirements: 

A bachelor’s degree in biology or a related area from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale) in required biology courses.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program
section in this catalog.

Program Requirements: 

Required Biology Courses 27 credits
Or equivalents:
BIO 211 Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics (4)
BIO 212 Introduction to Organismal Biology and Diversity (4)
BIO 213 Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (4)
BIO 303 Genetics (4)
BIO 315 Ecology (4)
BIO 405 Organic Evolution

Select one course from the following:
BIO 308/BIO 309 Human Anatomy and Physiology and Laboratory (4)
BIO 402 Comparative Animal Physiology (4)

Elective Biology Course 3 credits
Any upper-division biology course except BIO 322 or BIO 324

Professional Education Courses 24 credits
EDF 303 Educational Psychology
EDU 416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities
SCI 445 Literacy for Teaching Science
SED 200 Field Experience in Secondary Science Education
SED 401 Techniques for Teaching Laboratory Activities in the Secondary Science Classroom
SED 405 Methods and Materials for Teaching Secondary School Science
SED 409 Seminar in Secondary Science Education

Student Teaching Courses 12 credits
SED 407 Practice Teaching Science in the Middle School (6)
SED 408 Practice Teaching Science in the High School (6)

Courses or Equivalent Courses in Other Fields for Certification 35-36 credits
A. Foreign Language Courses (6 credits)
One year or equivalent
B. Cognate Science Courses (23 credits)
CHE 111/CHE 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II (8)
GES 101 Introductory Geology
GES 103 Introductory Geology Laboratory (1)
PHY 107/PHY 108 University Physics I and II (8)

Select one course from the following:
GES 111 General Oceanography
GES 131 Introductory Astronomy
GES 241 Meteorology

C. Mathematics Courses (6-7 credits)
BIO 300 Biostatistics (or equivalent) (4)
MAT 126 Calculus (or equivalent)

Total Required Credit Hours 101-102 credits

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.


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