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College of Education, Health and Human Services
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.
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.
Minimum 132 credit hours. Minimum 2.750 cumulative and 2.600 major GPA. Students must earn a minimum grade of C (2.000) in all major coursework.
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