Secondary Education - Biology: Bachelor of Arts in Science Education (B.A.Ed.)
The B.A.Ed. in Science Education with emphasis in Biology is a minimum 124 semester hours program that includes 50 hours in core biology and related fields. The degree program is approved for grades 7-12 licensure in secondary biology. There are three phases for education majors: Phase I: Core Curriculum; Phase II: Teacher Education Program; and Phase III: Student Teaching. For more information go to the SAFE admission page.
During the professional education common-core coursework, teacher education candidates are required to observe and teach in selected classrooms, learning about effective teaching, developing professional dispositions working directly with practitioners and school students at varying grade and developmental levels. The Student Advising and Field Experience (SAFE) office works with school partners in establishing placement for these observations.
Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:
- 2.5 grade point average (entry admission for transfer students and change of major)
- 2.75 grade point average (admission for Phase II: Teacher Education Program) and appropriate scores on either the ACT, SAT or Praxis CORE(link to Phase II information is posted above under Program Description)
Candidates must take additional Praxis exams to qualify for licensure in Mississippi. Once licensed candidates will be highly qualified to teach their emphasis subject grades 7-12. Candidates may also qualify for additional add-on endorsements through coursework or Praxis II exams. For information on seeking licensure outside Mississippi, please review the Certification information.
Online/Regional Campus Options
The full program of study for the Secondary Education – Biology degree program is offered at the Oxford campus. A limited number of courses required are offered at the regional campuses.