2013-14 Catalogs

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: 38 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
SBS 306 Adolescence3
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
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 
General Elective: 14-15 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 Requirements:

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an educator preparation program or pathway at USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. Tk20 fee is considered a “cost of attendance” for students in USM’s educator preparation programs and pathways and will be eligible for consideration as part of costs for loan purposes. The subscription costs $125 and allows students to access and use the system across the areas of assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. In addition to these areas, educator preparation programs and pathways use the system for program review and accreditation. 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  

The Office of Educator Preparation at USM will consider, on a limited basis, individual requests for financial support to assist in payment of this fee for students who have extremely challenging and extenuating financial circumstances (e.g. unexpected medical expenses; a sudden unforeseen life event that causes a dire financial burden). To apply for a subsidy, complete the application form on the Office of Educator Preparation web site under Tk20 (http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation).  Submit the application to Colleen Pleau in the Office of Educator Preparation (8 Bailey Hall) or via email (cpleau@usm.maine.edu). Applications for this subsidy must be received no later than four weeks following the start of a student’s matriculation semester by Kim Warren, SEHD Director of Student Affairs.