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General Science: Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Science is all around us and if you find yourself fascinated with how it all works, consider passing that interest along as a General Science teacher at the secondary level. Highly qualified science teachers are needed in every area of the state. Graduating from this degree program will prepare you to open young minds on your very first day in the classroom. Throughout the program, you will develop a strong background in general biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology. In addition to studying everything from plants and animals to microbial diversity, you’ll participate in exciting field experiences and internships. 

With UWA’s General Science: Teacher Certification degree, you’ll meet the state’s science teacher requirements and gain expert-level knowledge that can immediately be shared in the classroom. You’ll also build innovative teaching skills that will help you manage your classroom, reach diverse learners and establish an effective learning environment for your students once you complete your science teacher certification. 

Visit the Academic Catalog for information regarding program admission requirements, prerequisites, course offerings and more.


Program Facts

Program Format

On Campus, Online

Academic Term

Spring, Summer and Fall semesters

Number of Credits

120 hours

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Sample Courses

ED300 Introduction to Teaching and Learning

3 Credits

Content includes qualities needed by the teacher, opportunities for employment, financial compensation and other rewards, requirements for certification, responsibilities of the educator candidate, what the teaching act involves, a systematic approach to the application of psychology to the learning process and the requirements of the UWA educator preparation program. The formal application for “Admission to Educator Preparation” will be made during the course. Fingerprinting is a course requirement. Prerequisites: 45 semester hours of earned credit. MH113 and EH101. 

ED303 Secondary and Physical Education Classroom Management

3 Credits

This course is designed for educator candidates to gain an understanding of best practices in classroom organization and management. The focus of the course will be on Alabama Quality Teaching Standards that address learning environments, relationships, intrinsic motivation, responsibility and character education. This course is embedded with field experience that focuses on effective classroom management at the secondary level. 

ED333 Reading Methods Secondary/P-12 

3 Credits

An overview of methods and techniques of teaching reading as related to different content areas. This course is embedded with field experience that focuses on effective methods of instruction. Prerequisite or corequisite: Junior or sending standing, ED300 and ED336, SE328 or SE428. 

Career Outlook

The General Science: Teacher Certification program is designed for student-experienced educators with aspirations of becoming a science teacher, individuals with teaching experience who want to advance professionally and aspiring teachers seeking diverse opportunities for teaching jobs. 

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