with Science Teacher Certification

The USAO Science Teacher Certification Program is offered through the Division of Science and Physical Education and combines liberal arts learning with teacher preparation. Its goal is to prepare individuals to become effective science teachers and to obtain an Oklahoma Teaching Certificate in science . This program is a standards-based program, based upon the standards and guidelines put forth by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the State Competencies, and the findings from "Effective Teacher" research. Collectively, these standards and research findings provide the knowledge base for what science teachers are to know and to do.

Individuals successfully completing this program are qualified to obtain an Oklahoma teaching certificate to teach biology, physics, chemistry, and/or general science in grades 6-12.  Since USAO teacher certification programs are nationally certified by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) certification in other states is simplified.  It is recommended that certification be initially obtained in Oklahoma prior to seeking certification from another state. 

A program checklist for a degree in natural science with teacher certification is provided below. Students wishing to pursue a teaching certificate in science should consult Dr. Peter Thomas, the science education advisor.

Natural Science Degree with Science Teacher Certification (Program Plan)
Program Requirements:
Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Satisfy the Foreign Language Competency Requirement
Satisfy the Professional Portfolio Requirement
Admission to the Professional Trimester
Overall Grade Point Average 2.5
2.75 Grade Point Average in Certification Area
Successful Completion of Certification Exams
Required General Education/Liberal Arts Courses:
IDS 1001 Freshman Orientation
Computer Proficiency
IDS 1013 Rhetoric/Critical Thinking
IDS 1113 Writing I
IDS 1213 Writing II
IDS 1133 Individual in Contemporary Society
IDS 1223 Mathematics in the Modern World
IDS 2013 Foundations of Physical Science
IDS 2023 Foundations of Life Science
IDS 2011 Foundations of Life Science Lab
IDS 2133 American Civilization (History & Government) I
IDS 2143 American Civilization (History & Government) II
IDS 3223 Political & Economic Systems and Theories
IDS 3313 World Thought and Culture to 500 C.E.
IDS 3323 World Thought and Culture from 500 to 1650 C.E.
IDS 4333 World Thought and Culture from 1650 C.E. to Present
IDS 4522 Senior Seminar
PHED 1011 Concepts of Health and Fitness
PHED Any Activity (1 hour)
Artistic Expression, 2 hours
TOTAL HOURS in General Education: 47

Required Professional Education Courses:

EDUC 2002 Orientation to Teaching
EDUC 2011 Directed Field Experiences I
EDUC 2022 Education of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 2103 Human Development and Learning
EDUC 3102 Educational Psychology
EDUC 3203 School & Society
EDUC 3211 Directed Field Experiences II
EDUC 3343 Educational Media and Technology

EDUC 4442 Classroom Management and Evaluation Theory
NSCI 4463 Teaching Science in Secondary School

*EDUC 4410 Student Teaching - Secondary School
*EDUC 4542 Applied Professional Studies

* Courses must be taken concurrently

TOTAL HOURS in Professional Education: 34


Required Science Courses

Area I: Biology

BIOL 1013 General Botany
BIOL 1011 General Botany Lab
BIOL 1113 General Zoology
BIOL 1111 General Zoology Lab
BIOL 2253 Human Anatomy
BIOL 2251 Human Anatomy Lab
BIOL 3123 Human Physiology
BIOL 3121 Human Physiology Lab
BIOL 3333 General Genetics
BIOL 3331 General Genetics Lab
BIOL 3813 Basic Microbiology
BIOL 3811 Basic Microbiology Lab

Area II: Chemistry

CHEM 1113 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 1123 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1121 General Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 3303 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3302 Organic Chemistry Lab I

Area III: Physics

PHYS 2113 General Physics I
PHYS 1301 General Physics Lab I
PHYS 2123 General Physics II
PHYS 1401 General Physics Lab II

Area IV: Earth Science

NSCI 2113: Geology/Oceanography
NSCI 2123: Meteorology/Astronomy

Required Lab Assistant for 1 trimester

TOTAL HOURS in Science: 51

Required Supporting Courses:

MATH 1513 College Algebra
MATH 1613 Trigonometry
MATH 2203 Elementary Statistics


A minor in education is available for a student pursuing a major in Science.  A student must be successfully admitted to the Teacher Education Program to be able to enroll in any 3000 or 4000 level Professional Education course.

19 hours including:

EDUC 2002 Orientation to Teaching
EDUC 2011 Directed Field Experiences I
EDUC 2022 Education of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 2103 Human Growth and Development
EDUC 3102 Educational Psychology
EDUC 3203 School and Society
EDUC 3211 Directed Field Experiences II
EDUC 4442 Classroom Management and Evaluation Theory
NSCI 4463 Teaching Science in Secondary School