2017-2018 Catalog

Secondary Education, Science, Associate of Science

Teachers change lives – they can open new worlds for students and inspire them to reach their goals.  The secondary education degree with an emphasis in science prepares students to teach in both public and private middle, junior high, and high schools. This program leads into many science areas, such as: biology, life science, physical science, earth science, astronomy, chemistry, physics, Environmental science, anatomy, and geology.  Western’s teaching preparation focuses on current and innovative teaching theories including the implementation of a service learning project, technology inclusion, and project based learning. The education program also provides the introduction to many important skills and elements of the teaching profession.  The development and understanding of which are essential for future success such as: classroom management, special education, lesson design, and educational psychology.  The students experience hands-on what it means to be a secondary science teacher because the program provides them the opportunity to participate in public school classroom activities as a practicum student.  These experiences have a four-pronged focus:  they introduce theories and pedagogical skills that are learned during classes are applied and reinforced by the teachers, they give students real-world teaching practices, they help students decide about their future teaching careers, and they lay the academic foundation needed before entering a bachelor’s degree program.  Students wanting to enter the teaching field must obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in education. Therefore, Western’s education program has specific pathways that will create a seamless transfer to any university in the country upon the successful completion of the associate degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

COMM 1010INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH

3

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

EDCI 1000EDUCATION EXPERIENCE PROSPECTIVE TCHRS

2

EDCI 2440INTRODUCTION TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

2

MATH 1400COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:14

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

BIOL 1010GENERAL BIOLOGY

4

EDFD 2020FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION

4

MATH 1405TRIGONOMETRY

3

MAJOR AREA COURSES

3

Total Credit Hours:17
  • Major Area Course can be filled with any course. Select course with your advisor.  

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

ITEC 2360TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY

3

EDFD 2100EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

4

PHYS 1110GENERAL PHYSICS I

4

MATH 2200CALCULUS I

4

Total Credit Hours:15

 

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

EDEX 2484INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

3

HIST 1211U.S. TO 1865

3

CHEM 1020GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

4

STAT 2050FUNDAMENTALS OF STATISTICS

4

LAB SCIENCE

4

HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

0

Total Credit Hours:18
  • Students transferring to the University of Wyoming should replace HIST 1211 with POLS 1000.
  • Science elective should be the next level of a lab science in the sequence of your chosen major.

Total Credit Hours: 64