Biological Science, Instructional Certification: Teacher Certification in Biological Science - Preschool through Grade 12 - Graduate

Students with a baccalaureate degree who are interested in teaching may pursue the Post-baccalaureate program for initial teacher certification.

Additional undergraduate coursework in the certification content area may be required to meet State and University certification standards.

Upon successful completion of the program the student will be recommended to the State of New Jersey for initial teacher certification (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, or CEAS). The CEAS authorizes the holder to teach in New Jersey public schools and expedites the ability to become certified in most other states. The CEAS never expires.

In New Jersey, candidates who have completed an initial teaching certification program must successfully complete one year of teaching in order to be eligible to receive a permanent Standard Certificate.

Total credit requirements for this program include the Teaching Field Requirements, Additional Requirements for State Certification, and the Graduate Professional Sequence.

 

Program Requirements

Teaching Field Requirements
Biology Requirements
BIOL 112Principles of Biology I4
BIOL 113Principles of Biology II4
BIOL 213Introduction to Ecology4
BIOL 230Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 380Genetics4
Collateral Chemistry Courses
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
CHEM 230Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 232Experimental Organic Chemistry I2
Collateral Mathematics Courses
Select one of the following sequences:7-8
Statistics
and Applied Precalculus
Applied Precalculus
Precalculus Mathematics
and Calculus A
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Collateral Physics Courses
PHYS 191University Physics I4
or PHYS 193 College Physics I
PHYS 192University Physics II4
or PHYS 194 College Physics II
Biology Electives
Select 12 credits from the list (see below)12
Earth Science Elective
Select one of the following:4
Planet Earth
Physical Geology
Earth and the Environment
Historical Geology
Teaching Methods
BIOL 503Teaching Science in Secondary Schools4
Total Credits71-72
Additional Requirements for State Certification
Speech
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 13
Physiology and Hygiene
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy or have the Undergraduate equivalent course approved by advisor.
Educational Psychology
EDFD 582Learning Theories3
or PSYC 560 Advanced Educational Psychology
Graduate Professional Sequence
Introductory Sequence
EDFD 505Teaching, Democracy, and Schooling3
or SASE 505 Teaching, Democracy, and Schooling
SASE 518Technology Integration in the Classroom1
Diversity and Instructional Sequence
EDFD 509Sociocultural Perspectives of Teaching3
or SASE 509 Sociocultural Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
EDFD 516Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners1
or SASE 516 Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
SASE 517Inclusive Classrooms in Middle and Secondary Schools1
READ 501Techniques of Reading Improvement in the Secondary School3
EDFD 519Assessment for Authentic Learning3
or SASE 519 Assessment for Authentic Learning
Pedagogical Sequence I
SASE 526Teaching for Learning I3
SASE 527Fieldwork3
Pedagogical Sequence II
SASE 514Inservice Supervised Graduate Student Teaching 26
or SASE 529 Student Teaching
SASE 543Teaching for Learning II3
Total Credits36
1

May be completed by examination.

2

SASE 514 is for in-service teachers.

Additional Requirements for State Certification

The following additional requirements must be met prior to student teaching. Upon admission to the program, the student's submitted transcripts are evaluated to determine if any of these requirements have been fulfilled by previous coursework. In such cases, the requirement(s) appears on the degree audit as being waived.

  • CMST 101 or Speech Challenge Exam or documented & approved experience
  • Physiology & Hygiene - free test at county office of education or BIOL/HLTH course
  • Educational Psychology - EDFD 582 or PSYC 560
  • Psychology or equivalent undergraduate course work

Note: Certification requirements are subject to change.

 

Biology Electives

BIOL 300Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues3
BIOL 330Introduction to Animal Behavior3
BIOL 350Microbiology4
BIOL 360Introduction to Bio-Imaging3
BIOL 370Principles of Ecology3
BIOL 380Genetics4
BIOL 404Plant and Animal Histological Techniques3
BIOL 405Cell Culture3
BIOL 406Scanning Electron Microscopy4
BIOL 409Externship in Biological Research (Co-operative Education)1-4
BIOL 410Toxicology3
BIOL 411Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy4
BIOL 415Population Genetics3
BIOL 417Evolutionary Biology3
BIOL 418Biology Independent Research1-4
BIOL 420Economic Botany3
BIOL 425Elementary Plant Physiology3
BIOL 426New Jersey Flora4
BIOL 429Herpetology4
BIOL 430Ornithology4
BIOL 431Entomology3
BIOL 432Medical Entomology3
BIOL 433Developmental Biology4
BIOL 434Molecular Biology3
BIOL 435Experimental Molecular Biology3
BIOL 436Phylogenetic Zoology4
BIOL 439Biology of Animal Parasites3
BIOL 440Gross Mammalian Anatomy4
BIOL 441Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates4
BIOL 442Human Physiology4
BIOL 443Vertebrate Embryology4
BIOL 444Cell Physiology3
BIOL 445Immunology3
BIOL 446Endocrinology3
BIOL 447Fundamentals of Pharmacology3
BIOL 448Mammalian Microanatomy4
BIOL 450Medical Microbiology3
BIOL 451Comparative Animal Physiology3
BIOL 457Virology3
BIOL 458Microbial Genetics3
BIOL 460Biological Oceanography3
BIOL 461Aquatic Ecology3
BIOL 467Biology of the Fishes4
BIOL 468Neurobiology3
BIOL 471Biomedical Ethics2
BIOL 475Medical Genetics3
BIOL 476Biology of Cancer3
BIOL 480Research Community I: Organism Biology4
BIOL 481Research Community II: Organism Biology4
BIOL 482Research Community I: Molecular Biology4
BIOL 483Research Community II: Molecular Biology4
BIOL 484Research Community I: Ecology4
BIOL 485Research Community II: Ecology4
BIOL 486Selected Topics in Biology3-4
BIOL 487Statistical Genomics3
BIOL 488Selected Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology3-4
BIOL 489Selected Topics in Organismal Biology3-4
BIOL 490Senior Seminar in Biology3
BIOL 491Research in Biology Literature1
BIOL 492Senior Colloquium1
BIOL 493Molecular Ecology3
BIOL 495Selected Topics in Ecology3
BIOL 497Genomics3
BIOL 500Introductory Molecular Cell Biology1.5
BIOL 503Teaching Science in Secondary Schools4
BIOL 504Bacteriological Techniques in Marine Sampling2
BIOL 505Experimental Cell Culture3
BIOL 510Biology Pedagogy for Secondary Teachers3
BIOL 512Topics in Modern Genetics3
BIOL 513Instrumentation and Techniques for Biological Science4
BIOL 514Graduate Seminar in Biology2
BIOL 515Population Genetics3
BIOL 518Strategies for Teaching College Biology1
BIOL 520Plant Physiology3
BIOL 521Field Studies of Flowering Plants4
BIOL 522Plant Pathology3
BIOL 529Advanced Herpetology4
BIOL 532Advanced Entomology3
BIOL 533Advanced Cell Biology3
BIOL 540Mammalian Physiology3
BIOL 542Advanced Endocrinology3
BIOL 543Advances in Immunology3
BIOL 544Advanced Comparative Animal Physiology3
BIOL 545Experimental Endocrinology4
BIOL 546Topics in Physiology3
BIOL 547Molecular Biology I3
BIOL 548Molecular Biology II4
BIOL 549Topics in Developmental Biology3
BIOL 550Topics in Microbiology3
BIOL 551Intermediary Metabolism I3
BIOL 552Biology of Lipids3
BIOL 554Microbial Physiology3
BIOL 555Medical Genetics3
BIOL 556Molecular Biology of Proteins3
BIOL 557Virology3
BIOL 558Microbial Genetics3
BIOL 560Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 561Genomics3
BIOL 562Short Topics in Molecular Biology1
BIOL 563Statistical Genomics3
BIOL 564Proteomics3
BIOL 565Advanced Plant Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 566Bioinformatics4
BIOL 568Advanced Neuroscience3
BIOL 570Ecology3
BIOL 571Physiological Plant Ecology4
BIOL 572Wetland Ecology4
BIOL 573Shoreline Ecology4
BIOL 574Behavioral Ecology3
BIOL 575Avian Biology4
BIOL 576Biology of Extreme Habitats3
BIOL 579Physiological Ecology of Animals3
BIOL 580Evolutionary Mechanisms3
BIOL 586Selected Advanced Topics in Biology3-4
BIOL 587Selected Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology3-4
BIOL 588Selected Advanced Topics in Physiology3-4
BIOL 589Selected Advanced Topics in Ecology3-4
BIOL 592Graduate Colloquium1
BIOL 593Molecular Ecology3
BIOL 594Signal Transduction3
BIOL 595Conservation Biology: The Preservation of Biological Diversity3
BIOL 596Selected Techniques in Biology Science Education1.5
BIOL 597Research in Biological Literature1
BIOL 598Selected Techniques in Molecular Biology1.5
BIOL 599Introduction to Biological Research4