Secondary Education: Biology Certification

Required Courses for the Secondary Education: Biology Certification

Foundations for Teaching (15 credits)

Note: The student will select either EDU 500 Classroom/Behavior Management or EDU 529 Positive Behavioral Supports.

  • EDU 500

    Behavior Management Techniques

    3 credits

    This course addresses theories and principles of behavior management for classrooms. Models of discipline and motivation and their applications to classrooms are a central focus with an emphasis on establishing positive learning environments through use of appropriate behavior management techniques. The student chooses one approach to classroom/behavior management to explore in depth. Topics and activities apply to all levels, regular and special education, from preschool through secondary.

  • EDU 529

    Enhancing Student Achievement through Positive Behavioral Supports

    3 credits

    This course focuses upon positive school climate and productive behavior of diverse students in inclusive, educational settings. A major component of this course is the study of research-validated practices that support classroom management and school-wide management procedures. A framework of effective behavior supports is applied that maximizes achievement and socialization for school-wide, classroom, and individualized programs. Emphasis is placed upon the teacher’s role in developing and sustaining student motivation, self-regulation, and resiliency. Importance of collaboration with colleagues, administration, family, and community will also be addressed.

  • EDU 541

    Frameworks for Learning

    3 credits

    This course deals with the application of psychological principles that promote the learning of individuals and groups. Knowledge from previous classes is built upon through an emphasis on the application of theories of learning into the classrooms, the importance of meeting individual differences in today’s diverse classrooms, incorporating classroom assessment into the learning process, and the implications for instruction, development, and design.

  • EDU 542

    The Teacher as Leader

    3 credits

    This course will examine the changing role of the teacher in contemporary schools.  Students will learn leadership skills and methods for impacting educational organizations. Students will be introduced to strategies for creating a climate for new ideas.

  • EDU 586

    Studies in Disability and Exceptionality

    This course is based on extensive study in areas of
    disability and society, disability and the media, and the
    civil rights quest of people with disabilities. Students will
    attend speaker forums of experts in disabilities, will be
    involved in meetings of a conference or organized
    advocacy group, and prepare their own presentations on
    appropriate topics to gain multiple perspectives of
    ability/disability and an understanding of exceptionality
    and disability culture.

  • PSY 200

    Developmental Psychology

    3 credits

    A study of the nature of human development across the life span. The course covers the  physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the individual for each of the major  developmental periods: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The  psychosocial experience of aging and death is also examined.

Teaching Methods (12 credits)

  • CIS 103

    Microcomputer Applications in Education

    3 credits

    Provides an introduction to the uses of technology in an educational setting. Emphasis of the course will be on integrating technology with classroom instruction. Students will learn skills related to word processing, spreadsheets and presentations as well as to evolving internet-based technologies. Promoting life-long learning and an understanding of the legal and ethical use of computer/technology resources will be an integral part of the course.

  • EDU 223

    Introduction to Classroom Assessment

    3 credits

    This course will introduce a variety of educational
    assessment strategies used to inform instructional
    decisions. Students will explore the many forms of
    assessment including authentic/embedded assessment,
    formal and informal assessment tools, group achievement
    measures, and the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP).
    Special attention will be given to the use of assessment
    data to improve classroom teaching, to enhance
    instructional planning for a diverse student population,
    and to share information with various constituencies.
    Prerequisites: EDU 203; EDU 200.

  • EDU 350

    Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

    2 credits ; 3 credits for Pathways

    Focuses on methods to enable secondary students to interact with content texts. Emphasis is on strategies for teaching vocabulary, concepts, comprehension, reasoning, and organization in specialty subject areas. Prerequisite: EDU 201.

  • EDU 597

    The Instructional Process

    3 hours

    This course, taken the last semester prior to student
    teaching/field experience, will build upon the previous
    work in the MAT program related to curriculum/
    instructional planning; understanding diverse learners and
    differentiating instruction; the use of technology, behavior
    management; reading strategies, etc. into a coherent
    method for planning, delivering and assessing instruction.
    Candidates will be provided instruction in the
    instructional processes and products needed to complete
    the culminating project for teacher certification.
    Candidates will be required to present a model unit plan
    which incorporates all factors of the instructional process
    and work with a classroom teacher at the appropriate level
    of certification to validate that model.

Methods Course Applicable to Certification Area (2 credits)

  • BIO 371

    Teaching of Science in Middle and Secondary School

    2 credits

    Application of principles of teaching science on the
    middle and secondary school level; examination of various
    approaches to presenting hands-on activities. Prerequisites;
    BIO 108 or BIO 112

Content Area*

32 credit hours with appropriate distribution as determined by the educator preparation institution

Clinical Experiences (13 credits)

* Certification candidates must also complete an appropriate program of study in their chosen content area, six (6) hours of which must be taken at Fontbonne University. Transcripts are forwarded to the appropriate department for review of content to establish individual program needs.

  • EDU 531

    The Contemporary Classroom

    3 credits

    This course offers an intensive overview of the contemporary classroom. The student will  observe classrooms at the level of certification sought and reflect on those observations. Students will gain an understanding of the overall context of the classroom and its  relationship to the role of education in society. The course is calculated to assist post-BA students, aspiring to enter the teaching profession, to arrive at an informed decision regarding this career choice. Thirty (30) hours of observation are required in addition to class attendance. Background Check Required.

  • EDU 450

    Student Teaching at the Elementary Level*

    (See below for requirements in other areas.)
    Minimum of twelve weeks of full-day sessions in directed
    observation and teaching in an elementary setting, to
    include conferences with principals, cooperating teachers,
    and college supervisors. Students may enroll for
    additional weeks for additional credit, up to sixteen
    credits. Early childhood majors, in addition to their preschool/kindergarten
    assignment, enroll for minimum of
    six credit hours of elementary experience. Special
    Education majors, in addition to their special education
    assignment, enroll for a minimum of four credit hours
    elementary experience. Art majors must enroll for two
    credits (four weeks) at the elementary level, in addition to
    their secondary assignment. Prerequisite: Admission to
    teacher certification candidacy. Background
    Check Required

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