Department of Science Education, College of Science and Engineering
The Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Program is a visionary and practical program designed to enrich the training and education of K-12 pre-service teachers and, through them, their students. From a collaboration of the disciplines of Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Physics/ Astronomy, Mathematics, and Engineering, the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Program (SMATE) offers an opportunity for teachers and future teachers to gain specific skills and broaden talents within their chosen discipline.
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and leads to a middle level science endorsement. It must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education. See the Elementary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Why Consider a General Science - Middle Level Major?
If you want a broad base of knowledge in the field of science to prepare you for teaching any science subject at the secondary level, this major will provide it. You will take a range of introductory courses from different areas of science, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geology.
Secondary Education Teacher
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See the Elementary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for courses in the elementary education professional program and all courses required for the endorsement.