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Integrated Science (7-12)

Integrated Science (7-12)
Life Sciences (7-12)
Physical Sciences: Chemistry (7-12)
Physical Sciences: Physics (7-12)
Physical Sciences: Physics & Chemistry (7-12)

Teacher candidates in Integrated Science, Life Sciences, or Physical Sciences: Physics & Chemistry, or Physical Sciences: chemistry, or Physical Science: Physics complete an approved program of coursework, field experiences, and other requirements leading to the application for an initial Four-Year Resident Educator Ohio Teaching License for grades 7-12 in the corresponding areas of the sciences. The differences between the programs include the candidate’s major area of study and the sciences he/she will be applying to teach.

Candidates pursuing Integrated Science licensure typically major in Biology but complete the required additional science coursework to be able to teach other areas of science. Candidates pursuing Life Sciences licensure complete a Biology major and apply to teach the Life Sciences only while those pursuing Physical Sciences: Physics & Chemistry, or Physical Sciences: Chemistry, or Physical Sciences: Physics major either in Physics or Chemistry but complete additional coursework to prepare to teach the other science.

Additional information about each of the science departments can be found on their department websites.

All teacher candidates complete required coursework as well as extensive field experience in which the candidate collaborates with university faculty and 7-12 classroom teachers and students to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become a competent teacher. 

Coursework includes general education classes such as English, history, philosophy, art, music, mathematics, and others, as well as professional education coursework in culture and schooling, adolescent development, exceptional learners, technology, curriculum, classroom strategies, methods of teaching, and more. In addition, candidates spend time throughout the program in local classrooms completing professional experience requirements.