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Physical Science - B.S.E.

COLLEGE: Education, Health and Human Services
DEPARTMENT: School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies
404 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2580 | Fax: 330-672-3246


DESCRIPTION: The adolescent/adult education (ADED) Physical Science program is a four-year degree that prepares candidates for licensure in physics and chemistry, grades 7-12. Students take a broad range of science-content courses from the biology, geology, and geography departments and specialize in physics and chemistry content. Physical Science majors complete most of their content coursework during their first three years and then begin their methods coursework during the spring of their third year. During the final year of the program, candidates complete remaining content courses, science teaching methods courses, and a year-long placement in a local school district, which concludes with 12 weeks of student teaching in the spring.

Physical Science students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor early in their programs because many courses must be sequenced carefully.
Of the 1.2 million secondary schools teachers in the U.S., about 109,500 are science teachers in public and private schools. Currently, many school districts have difficulty hiring qualified teachers in some subject areas; most often mathematics, science (especially chemistry and physics), bilingual education and foreign languages. Accordingly, job prospects for ADED science majors are promising, especially in urban or rural school districts.
Students admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into a teacher education program and Community Health, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.75 high school GPA and 16 units of college preparatory curriculum or a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required 2.75 GPA.

Students seeking admission to this program must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study. To be admitted to the program, students must display evidence of adequate communication skills; sound content area knowledge (language arts, mathematics, science or social studies); a basic understanding of the teaching profession; a basic understanding of adolescents; and dispositions aligned with the conceptual framework of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, including being open-minded, flexible, caring and responsible. Faculty will select the most qualified applicants based on an interview; letters of recommendation; GPA; Praxis I scores; and performance in English and communication studies coursework. Applicants to the ADED program must have experience working with young adults in a supervisory capacity, such as tutoring, camp counseling, volunteer work or related experience. Students should contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, during the first year of study to inquire about the procedures and criteria associated with admission to the adolescence/young adult education program.
Minimum 134 credit hours. Minimum 2.75 cumulative and 2.60 major GPA. Students must earn a minimum grade of C (2.00) in all major coursework.

Required for Ohio Licensure: Successful completion of Praxis II “Principles of Learning and Teaching” and Praxis II specialty test “Chemistry—Content Knowledge (passing score 152) and “Physics—Content Knowledge” (passing score 132) by the end of the second semester.
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of International Affairs.
PROGRAM FEE: $35/semester
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