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Science Education

Degrees in Science Education

Minot State University's Division of Science offers state and nationally accredited BSE (Bachelor of Science in Education) degree programs in the fields of Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physical Science (Physical Science option and Environmental Science option). The Department of Biology offers a BSE degree program in Biology.

University Teacher Education Policies
Refer to the Teacher Education Information Site for details regarding Teacher Education at Minot State University. The website will explain admission, retention, and exit requirements of the program for biology, chemistry, geoscience physical science, and majors in Teacher Education.

Division Teacher Education Requirements
In addition to University-wide teacher education retention policies listed above, science majors in the BSE degree programs must:

  1. Select an advisor in the Division of Science within the department of their major to coordinate course work within their major.
  2. Select an advisor within the Division of Science's Science Education faculty to coordinate course work within Science Education.
  3. Apply to the Division of Science to be recommended for Admission to Teacher Education.

Minimum requirements for recommendation

  1. Completed General Education communications requirement with a minimum GPA of 2.50 with no grade lower than a "C."
  2. Basic Skills Test (PPST), with satisfactory scores.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 for all course work taken.
  4. Evidence of having completed speech and hearing tests.
  5. Completed autobiography stating reasons teaching was chosen as a profession.
  6. Recommendations from two faculty within the Division of Science or Department of Biology.
  7. Minimum GPA of 2.50 within the major (at least 8 credits completed).

Once admitted to Teacher Education students must:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 2.50 for all course work taken.
  2. Maintain a GPA of 2.50 within their major.
  3. Apply to the Division of Science at least two semesters before student teaching.
  4. Complete the required science teaching methods courses before student teaching.

All students majoring in another division or department and planning to teach with a minor in the sciences must submit their credentials to the Division of Science for review at least two semesters before student teaching.

The Division of Science will initially approve pre-service teachers. In addition, each candidate's progress is reviewed each semester, in accordance with standards set by the University and the Division.