This 27-credit undergraduate certificate is available only to students pursuing a BA or BS in Biology. Students who complete both the BA or BS in Biology and this undergraduate certificate will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Biology.
This certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.
Students applying for this undergraduate certificate as a secondary program must have satisfied the following requirements:
- a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
- passing scores on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) prescribed entry assessment
- an official College of Education and Human Development review of discipline-specific content competencies coursework
(note: a minimum grade of C (2.00) must have been attained in such coursework completed at Mason).
See website for more information on the admissions process.
Prior to application for internship, students are required to complete all discipline-specific content competency requirements, pass licensure assessments, and have earned a grade of B (3.00) or better in all licensure coursework.
Total credits: 27
Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework
|BIOL 430||Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|or BIOL 431||Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II|
Teacher Licensure Coursework
|EDCI 473||Teaching Science in the Secondary School||3|
|EDCI 483||Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School||3|
|EDCI 490||Student Teaching in Education (Mason Core)||6|
|EDCI 491||Internship Seminar in Secondary Training||2|
|EDRD 419||Literacy in the Content Areas||3|
|EDUC 372||Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)||3|
|EDUC 422||Foundations of Secondary Education||3|