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Secondary Education - Science Concentration Grades 7-12

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Getting Started

As a component of a Bachelor of Education, B.Ed. (Science Concentration) Total Credits: 125-131

Students in the Secondary Education (science concentration) program are preparing to teach grades 7-12. Students begin by taking general education AND teacher education coursework at Rio Salado College and finish the last 30 upper division credits at Northcentral University to confirm a Bachelor's in Education. Students must verify content proficiency through the passage of a state-approved exam (APEA/NES).

Note: Students must submit a Teacher Education Program Application prior to taking any EDU Level I courses. All students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all General Education courses and a “B” or better in all EDU courses within the program.
* indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
Minimum over all GPA is 2.00.

 
RSC General Education Courses 39-42
RSC Secondary Academic Content Courses 16-24
Prerequisite: Teacher Education Program Application and Certification Admission Plan (CAP) forms required
RSC Level I Teacher Education Courses: 11
Formal Admission to Level II RSC Teacher Education Program
RSC Level II Teacher Education Courses: 16
RSC Level III Teacher Education Courses: 8
Rio Recommendation to NCU (B.Ed.) Program
Level IV Northcentral University: 30
Total Credits: 120-131

 

General Education Course
Course Course Title Credits
First Year Composition (FYC)
ENG101*
ENG102*
First-Year Composition (3) ENG1101 AND
First-Year Composition (3) ENG1102
6
Literacy and Critical Inquiry (L)
CRE101*


COM225*

ENG111*
GBS233*
College Critical Reading (3)
OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment AND
Public Speaking (3) OR
Note: COM225 is a hybrid course
Technical and Professional Writing (3) OR
Business Communication (3)

Note: If students are exempt from CRE101 by assessment, they are required to take one of the following courses: COM225, ENG111, or GBS233.
3
Additional Requirements (Reading & Communications)
COM100
COM110
COM225*
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication (3) COM1100 OR
Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
Public Speaking (3) OR
Small Group Communication (3)
3
Mathematics Studies [MA]
MAT142* College Mathematics (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course
3
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]
BPC110
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) CIS1120
Any approved General Education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area
3
Humanities and Fine Arts [HU]
Note: Students may choose only 3 credits from the ENH prefix.

Note: Students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor for Humanities (HU) course selections that will also meet the Historical (H) or Global (G) designations.
6
Social and Behavioral Sciences [SB]
EDU222
POS110
POS221
Introduction to the Exceptional Learner** (3) AND
American National Government (3) POS1110 AND
Arizona Constitution (1)
Note: It is recommended that EDU222 be taken in combination with other EDU prefixed courses in which fingerprint clearance is also required prior to enrollment. HIS103 United States History to 1865 may substitute for POS110.
7
Natural Sciences [SQ & SG]
Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area

Note: Students are required to successfully complete 4 credits of [SQ] and 4 credits of [SG]. Students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor for course selections that will meet the Natural Sciences [SQ] and [SG] designations.
8
Historical [H] or Global [G] Awareness
Any approved General Education course in the Historical (H) or Global (G) areas

Note: Students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor for Historical (H) or Global (G) course selections that will also meet the Humanities (HU) designation.
0-3
Cultural Diversity in the United States [C] Awareness
Met by EDU222** in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area 0
*Indicates course has a prerequisites and or corequisites.
**Indicates that fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment.
Secondary Science Content Area

Secondary Science Content Area Note: Rio Salado offers three Science Specialization Tracks. Students should be aware that general science majors are typically hired at the middle school/junior high school level. Students are advised to seek information regarding this hiring practice in the state where they seek certification/employment.

General Science Specialization Track: Courses will meet the federal No Child Left Behind standard for "highly qualified" teachers. Students must choose twenty-four (24) course credits from the list below. Eight (8) course credits (SQ & SG) from the Natural Science General Education area may supplement to meet the twenty-four (24) credit hour requirement. Students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor for course selections.

Twenty-four (24) credit hours in General Science including twelve (12) credit hours in Life Science and twelve (12) credit hours in Physical/ Space/Earth Sciences.

  • Life Science includes Agriculture, Anatomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Botany, Ecology, Environmental Science, Microbiology, Physiology, and Zoology.
  • Physical/Earth/Space Sciences include Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Meteorology, Physical Geography, and Physics.
Course Course Title Credits
General Science Specialization Track 16-24
Life Science 8-12
BIO100 Biology Concepts (SQ) 4
BIO105 Environmental Biology (SQ) 4
BIO145 Marine Biology (SG) 4
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (SG) 4
FON241
FON241LL*
Principles of Human Nutrition (3) AND
Principles of Human Nutrition Laboratory (1)
4
GLG140 Introduction to Oceanography 3
Physical/Earth/Space 8-12
AST101
AST102
Survey of Astronomy (3) AND
Survey of Astronomy Laboratory (1) (SG)
4
CHM107
CHM107LL*
Chemistry and Society (3) AND
Chemistry and Society Laboratory (1) (SQ)
4
CHM130*
CHM130LL*
Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) (SQ)
CHM130 and CHM130LL together are: CHM1130
4
CHM151*
CHM151LL*
General Chemistry I (3) AND
General Chemistry I Laboratory (1) (SQ)
CHM1151 and CHM151LL together are:: CHM1151
4
CHM152*
CHM152LL*
General Chemistry II (3) AND
General Chemistry II Laboratory (1) (SQ)
CHM152 and CHM152LL together are: CHM1152
4
CHM235*
CHM235LL*
General Organic Chemistry I (3) AND
General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHM235 and CHM235LL together are: CHM2235
4
GLG101
GLG103
Introduction to Geology I – Physical Lecture (3) AND
Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lab (1) (G, SQ)
GLG101 and GLG103LL together are: GLG1101
4
GLG102
GLG104
Introduction to Geology II – Historical Lecture (3) AND
Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab (1) (H,SG)
4
GLG110
GLG111
Geological Disasters and the Environment (3) AND
Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1) (G,SG)
4
GPH111 Introduction to Physical Geography (SQ) 4
PHS110* Fundamentals of Physical Science (SQ) 4
PHS120 Introduction to Physical Science: Astronomy, Meteorology, Geology and Oceanography (SQ) 4

Chemistry Specialization Track: Courses will meet the federal No Child Left Behind standard for “highly qualified” teachers. Students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor for course selections.

Chemistry Specialization Track 20-24
CHM107
CHM107LL*
Chemistry and Society (3) AND
Chemistry and Society Laboratory (1) (SQ)
4
CHM130* CHM130LL* Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) (SQ)
CHM130 and CHM130LL together are: CHM1130
4
CHM151*
CHM151LL*
General Chemistry I (3) AND
General Chemistry I Laboratory (1) (SQ)
CHM1151 and CHM151LL together are:: CHM1151
4
CHM152*
CHM152LL*
General Chemistry II (3) AND
General Chemistry II Laboratory (1) (SQ)
CHM152 and CHM152LL together are: CHM1152
4
CHM235*
CHM235LL*
General Organic Chemistry I (3) AND
General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHM235 and CHM235LL together are: CHM2235
4
CHMxxx Any CHM Chemistry Lecture and its corresponding Laboratory course 4

Biology Science Specialization Track: Courses will meet the federal No Child Left Behind standard for “highly qualified” teachers. Students must choose twenty-four (24) course credits from the list below. Four (4) course credits from the Natural Science General Education area may supplement to meet the twenty-four (24) course credits requirement. Students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor for course selections.

Biology Science Specialization Track 20-24
BIO100 Biology Concepts (SQ) 4
BIO105 Environmental Biology (SQ) 4
BIO145 Marine Biology (SG) 4
BIO156* Introductory Biology for Allied Health (SQ) 4
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (SG) 4
BIO201* Human Anatomy and Physiology I (SG) BIO2201 4
BIO202* Human Anatomy and Physiology II (SG) BIO2202 4
BIO205* Microbiology (SG) BIO2205 4
*Indicates course has a prerequisites and or corequisites.

RSC Teacher Education Coursework

RSC Level I

Prerequisites: Teacher Education Program Application and Certification Admission Plan (CAP) forms and Enrollment at Rio Salado required.
            Must pass all EDU coursework with a grade of B or better
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
Note: Student should register for EDU285AD and EDU287AD prior to or along with the remaining EDU Level I courses.
EDU285AD Seminar: Education Program Model None 1
EDU287AD* Master Teacher Seminar IV None 1
EDU220 Introduction to Serving English Language Learners (ELL) 10 hours VIRTUAL 3
EDU253* Managing the Classroom 25 hours Site-based** 3
EDU272* Educational Psychology

Note: For undergraduate students, the course prerequisite is met with the approval of the department.
None 3
*Indicates course has a prerequisites and or corequisites.
**Indicates that fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment.

RSC Level II

Prerequisites: Completion of Level I and FORMAL ADMISSION to Level II along with passing AEPA/NES Subject Knowledge Exams (Content) or equivalent state exams scores.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
Note: Student should register for EDU285AB and EDU287AB prior to or along with the remaining EDU Level II courses.
EDU285AB* Current Perspectives in Education None 1
EDU287AB* Master Teacher Seminar II None 1
EDU207* Teaching Adolescents 20 hours Site-based*** 3
EDU215* Methods and Curriculum Development in Secondary Education None 1
EDU215AC* Methods and Curriculum Development in Secondary Science** 20 hours Site-based*** 2
EDU217* Methods for the Structured English Immersion (SEI)/ESL Student 20 hours VIRTUAL 3
EDU228AB* Reading and Decoding: Secondary 10 hours VIRTUAL 3
EDU268* Secondary School Dynamic Teaching 10 hours Site-based***  plus 20 hours VIRTUAL 2
*Indicates course has a prerequisites and or corequisites.
**Indicates that fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment.

RSC Level III

STUDENT TEACHING: Prerequisites -completion of all Level I and Level II coursework with grade of B or better and passage of AEPA Subject Knowledge Exam (Content)
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EDU277AB* Secondary Student Teaching

Note: EDU277AB requires entire block for enrollment but only nine weeks in the classroom.
Nine weeks 8
*Indicates course has a prerequisites and or corequisites.
**Indicates that fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment.

Program Notes: See Student Handbook for transition steps to Northcentral University
Must receive a Rio Recommendation (RR) prior to attending Northcentral University.

Note: Student should apply for the Associate in Arts degree AFTER completing all Rio General Education coursework and may apply to participate in the Rio Graduation in May. By applying for your Associates in Arts degree, your High School graduation transcript will not be required at NCU.

NCU Level IV

NOTE: Students will be required to complete 30 pre-approved upper-division semester credits for degree completion with Northcentral University. Alternative courses/concentration needed by the student should be discussed with the Northcentral University Academic Counselor.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
ED4000B The Dynamics of Schooling in Secondary Education 3
ED4001B Foundations of School Leadership in Secondary Education 3
ED4002B The Role of Teacher Leadership in Secondary Education 3
ED4003B Instructional Paradigms and Technology in Secondary Education ** Field Experience*** 3
ED4004B Assessment of Student Learning in Secondary Education ** Field Experience*** 3
ED4005B School and Family Partnerships in Secondary Education 3
ED4006B Safe Schools in Secondary Education 3
ED4007B The School as a Learning Community in Secondary Education 3
ED4008B Teaching and Reflective Practice in Secondary Education 3
ED4009B Educational Change Processes in Secondary Education 3
***Indicates that Site-based field experience MUST be done in the content area for which student is seeking certification.
Total Credits 122-131
Program Completion and Issuance of Institution Recommendation (IR)

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