Natural and Applied Sciences

Concentration in Secondary Education, Natural and Applied Sciences major

This innovative program is available to students majoring in Natural & Applied Sciences. Upon successful completion of this 120 credit hour program, students earn their bachelor's degree as well as certification to teach Secondary Education in the State of Maine for the following content areas of Life Sciences. This pathway has signifigant deviations from the Natural and Applied Sciences BA, particularly in the area of electives.

This Bachelor of Arts program in Natural and Applied Sciences offers the required courses to obtain secondary teacher certification (Grades 7-12) in Life Science in the State of Maine. Students study the sciences, common core, education courses, and complete a semester of student teaching in their final year. The program enables NAS students to matriculate in a four-year undergraduate program that awards them a bachelor's degree in Natural and Applied Sciences while also qualifying for a State of Maine teaching certificate. 

 Natural and Applied Sciences/Secondary Life Science
Education Courses: 35 credit hours 
EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity3
LAE 200 Education in the U.S.4
LAE 320 Applied Skills4
LAE 401 Teaching Science in Grades 7-123
LAE 410 Internship in Science in Grades 7-123
LAE 480 Portfolio Seminar3
LAE 490 Student Teaching9
SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education3
SED 420 Multi-tiered Systems of Educational Support3
  
Lewiston Common Core: 24-25 credit hours 
LCC 110/111 College Writing3-4
LCC 150 Statistics3
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 Global Ethics4
  
Thematic Cluster Courses: Credits Already Counted Above 
EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity 
SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education 
SED 420 Multi-tiered Systems of Educational Support 
  
NAS Required Courses: 36.5 credit hours 
MAT 108 College Algebra4
MAT 148 Applied Calculus3
SCI 105/106* Biological Principles I w/ Lab4.5
SCI 107* Biological Principles II w/Lab4.5
SCI 113/114 Principles of Chemistry I w/ Lab4
SCI 170/171* Human Anatomy & Physiology w/ Lab4.5
SCI 209* Genetics3
SCI 240* Applied Botany w/ Lab4.5
SCI 355* Ecology w/ Lab4.5
  
Life Science Content Electives*: 6.5 credit hours 
Any science course that meets approved Life Science content. 
  
General Elective: 17-18 credit hours 
  
Total Credits120

*Life Science endorsement obtained by at least 24 hours in life science. These required courses provide 26.5 hours. Students intending to teach at the high school level are strongly encouraged to earn a total of 36 content hours by using 6.5 hours of life science content electives**. If student doesn't want/need these additional 9.5 hours of content they may be replaced with general electives.

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).