BS in Secondary Education: Biology
The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Eligible for Institutional Recommendation) is a degree program offered by the College of Education in conjunction with content area courses provided by the College of Arts and Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education) for students who are preparing for a teaching career in grades 7-12, inclusive of middle and high school, and who are seeking initial teacher certification or licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. All courses are directly aligned with the Arizona Professional Teacher Standards, the Interstate New Teacher Support and Assessment Consortium principles, and applicable specialized professional association standards (see Content Areas below). Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assessments within many of the courses guide students through 105 to 135 hours of practicum/field experiences prior to student teaching, and the final semester of the program requires a full-time, 16-week student teaching component. Applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for certification requirements and program approval. Arizona or home state fingerprint/background clearance is required for all field experiences and student teaching. Applicants should also consult the Grand Canyon Academic Catalog, University Policy Handbook, and an academic advisor to obtain information regarding current policies and procedures inherent in a teacher credentialing program.
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