Biology - Teacher Certification
Bachelor of Science in Biology
The Department of Science at Robert Morris University, with the assistance of the Department of Education, offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology with a concentration in Biology Teacher Education. The RMU Biology Teacher Education Program Mission and Standards comply with the Pennsylvania Department of Education General Standards and Specific Program Guidelines for Science-Biology Teacher Education.
Upon successful completion of this undergraduate degree program, the teacher candidate applies to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher certification in secondary Biology (grades 7-12).
The handbook for secondary certification is here. The coordinator for the program is Dr. Matthew Maurer.
The program has four categories of courses: Robert Morris University Core, Major, Professional Education, and Open Electives.
The RMU Checksheet provides a complete list of courses students must complete to graduate with a B.S. degree in Biology and to apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate to teach grades 7 through 12 in.
Use this link to view or print the suggested sequencing of required courses: Recommended Course of Study.
Teacher Certification Requirements
In addition to the course requirements, there are a number of other program and certification requirements that each undergraduate education student must fulfill for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to grant a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. These include field experiences, clearances, state testing requirements, applications for candidacy status and then for student teaching, a semester of student teaching, the professional portfolio, and an application for certification.
The steps are outlined in the undergraduate Teacher Education Progress Process (TEPP).
Comprehensive, continuous academic advising is crucial for your success as you work your way through the teacher certification program. In order to ensure your success, you are assigned the Science Education Program Coordinator, Dr. Matthew Maurer, as your academic advisor and will meet with him at least once per semester from the time you enter Robert Morris University to the time you complete student teaching and complete all degree requirements for graduation. Dr. Maurer's contact information is provided in the navigation panel (left column) of this web page.
Click here to view the requirements for admission into RMU as a freshman, and click here for the requirements for admission as a transfer student. Initial admission to an undergraduate education degree program as a freshman student, or as a transfer student with less than 48 credits, is not a guarantee of formal admission to candidate status in an education program. All education majors must apply for formal admission to candidate status in their degree program following the completion of 48 credits of college-level work. Specific grade point average, course specifications, and other requirements must be met at that time.
This undergraduate degree program is offered at Moon Township Campus only.
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Click here to find out about tuition and fees, financial aid, and how to apply to obtain an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Biology Teacher Education!
For More Information, Contact:
Matthew J Maurer Ph.D.
Coordinator, Science Education
John Jay 213