Dec 10, 2023
We are excited that you are pursuing a secondary teaching degree. At PFW, we offer secondary teaching licenses in collaboration with several different content areas. We do this through a Dual Degree program. This means that each student earns a degree in the content area as well as a separate degree in Secondary Education. Because it is a dual degree program, we accept all credits from the Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University TSAP program but require more than 60 credits at PFW to complete both degrees.
At the time you are admitted to PFW, you will declare your majors with the Department of Biology and the School of Education.
- Completion of the TSAP in Secondary Education-Biology A.S. degree is required for admission to the TSAP dual degree.
- No courses beyond the requirements for TSAP A.S. degree are required for admission to the B.S. in Biology program. For admission to professional education, a minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA (PFW) as well as a 2.70 cumulative GPA in your major course work with at least 50% completed in major is required.
- For graduation, a 3.00 cumulative GPA and 3.00 major GPA are required.
- All students in the B.S. with majors in Biology and Secondary Education are expected to meet the same student learning outcomes and program requirements. Additional program requirements exist for all students in the B.S. with a major in Biology and the B.S.Ed in Secondary Education. Please see program pages for additional details.
- You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for each degree program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chairs or deans.
- List of Major courses and supporting courses required at PFW; minimum total credits in program = 130-131 depending on courses already taken and those selected at PFW.
TSAP in Biology Teaching 2-Year Plan :
Biology and Biology Elective Courses: Credits 21-22
- BIOL 21700 - Intermediate Ecology or BIOL 21800 - Genetics and Molecular Biology (3-4 cr) depending on what transferred from AS degree)
- BIOL 21900 Principles of Functional Biology (4 cr)
- BIOL 49100 Senior Biology Seminar (counts as Gen Ed C.8) (3 cr)
- Biology electives with labs (8 cr)
- Biology electives (3 cr)
Guidelines for Biology electives:
- Take at least one course with a laboratory from each of the A and B elective courses.
- The A elective courses focus on topics regarding the intact organism and its interaction with the environment, and so are organismal, population, community, and ecosystem in nature.
- The B elective courses focus on processes acting within the organism, and thus detail molecular, cellular, and organ-system mechanisms.
- See Biology Program Description for a complete list of A-Electives and B-Electives and how they connect to the three optional Concentration areas.
Supporting Courses: Credits 14
Statistics: 6 cr
Chemistry: 8 cr
Education Core: Credits 27
- EDU 30600 Teaching Students with Special Needs in the Secondary Classroom (3 cr)
- EDU 40500 The Middle and Junior High School (3 cr) and EDU 30100 Laboratory/Field Experience (0 cr)
- EDU 40101 Critical Reading in the Content Area (3 cr) and EDU 40100 Laboratory/Field Experience (0 cr)
- EDU 44900 Methods of Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools (3 cr)
- EDU 47500 Adolescent Development and Classroom Management (3 cr)
- EDU 48000 Student Teaching in the Secondary School (12 cr)
- EDU 40100 Laboratory/Field Experience (0 cr)