Natural and Applied Sciences

Concentration in Elementary Education, Natural and Applied Sciences major

This innovative program is available to students majoring in Arts & Humanities or Natural & Applied Sciences. Upon successful completion of this 120 credit hour program students earn their bachelor's degree as well as certification to teach K-8 General Elementary in the State of Maine. For more information on the K-8 Arts & Humanities track consult that portion of this catalog.

Natural & Applied Sciences/K-8 General Elementary
Education Courses: 50 credit hours 
EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity3
LAE 200 Education in the U.S.4
LAE 320 Applied Skills4
LAE 405 Teaching Math in Grades K-83
LAE 451 Teaching Social Studies in Grades K-83
LAE 452 Teaching Science in Grades K-83
LAE 465 Teaching Reading in Grades K-83
LAE 466 Teaching Writing in Grades K-83
LAE 480 Portfolio Seminar3
LAE 490 Student Teaching9
MAT 242 Applied Problem Solving3
HRD 200 Human Growth and Development3
SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education3
SED 420 Multi-tiered Systems for Educational Support3
  
Lewiston Common Core: 24-25 credit hours 
LCC 110/111 College Writing3-4
LCC 150 Statistics for Informed Decisions3
LCC 200 Creative Critical Inquiry4
LCC 220 U.S. Democracy3
     Or LCC 320 Sustaining Democracy 
LCC 230 Environmental Science4
LCC 250 Thinking About the Arts3
LCC 370 Toward Global Ethics4
  
NAS Requirements: 29 credit hours 
SCI 105/106 Biological Principles I4.5
SCI 107 Biological Principles II4.5
SCI 113/114 Chemistry I4
SCI 115/116 Chemistry II4
SCI 150 Physics and Biomechanics3
SCI 170/171 Human Anatomy & Physiology I4.5
SCI 240 Applied Botany4.5
  
English Content Elective: 3 credit hours 
Any course that meets State of Maine English content requirements. 
  
Science Elective: 4 credit hours 
Any science course with lab. 
  
Social Studies Content Elective: 3 credit hours 
Any course that meets State of Maine Social Studies content requirements. 
  
General Electives: 6-7 credit hours 

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Before Beginning Year Two:
    • Passing Praxis I: Reading, Writing, Mathematics
    • Submit formal application to teacher education program
    • TK20 activation
    • Complete NETS-S Assessment
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and maintain minimum GPA of 3.0 through rest of program.
    • Must pass fingerprinting and background check.
  • Before Beginning Year Four:
    • Passing Praxis II: Elementary Content Knowledge
    • Demonstrate NETS-S Standards
    • Successful completion of LAE 200, LAE 320, EDU 305, SED 335, and SED 420 with a B or better.
    • Complete candidacy application process
  • Program Completion:
    • Cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0  Core and major coursework require a grade of C or better. Professional education coursework require a grade of B or better.
    • Demonstration of NETS-T standards and InTASC standards, successful completion of program and major requirements.

 

Tk20 Subscription:

 

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site: http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation 

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed with in the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20).