SCIENCE EDUCATION



Comprehensive Examination

Planned Program of Study





The Department of Natural Sciences of the College of Sciences and Health Professions believes that students should be provided with quality and quantifiable learning experiences needed for professional competence and to become productive citizens in a highly technical society.  The Department is determined to meet the needs of the students that we serve. Consequently, Science Education graduates will be able to master the many academic and professional challenges found in the workplace.


This program is designed for persons holding Georgia T-4 certification in Science Education or who have completed basic prerequisite course work for certification in Science Education.  This program leads to T-5 certification in Science Education.


The goals of the Department of Natural Sciences are as follows:

  1. To help students understand the basic concepts and principles inherent in the body of knowledge of science.
  2. To allow students the opportunity to become familiar with and comfortable using the scientific method.
  3. To help develop rational thinking in our students. (Science is a cognitive tool used in all intellectual endeavors).
  4. To sensitize the future citizenry concerning the role that science and technology play in modern  society to foster interests, appreciation, positive attitude and cultural values in harmony with the scientific enterprise.
  5. To prepare students for entrance into graduate  and professional schools.
  6. To prepare students for professional employment in the sciences, including teaching biology and chemistry. The degree requires 36 semester hours, with 18 hours in the cognate field.



Comprehensive Examination

In partial fulfillment of the M. Ed. Degree in Science Education, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination. This examination is administered the semester of expected graduation or upon completion of required coursework. A student is eligible to take the comprehensive examination only if his/her grade-point average is 3.0 or higher in Area C of the degree-planned program. Students may not take the comprehensive examination more than once in an academic semester. A third failure on the comprehensive examination results in automatic termination from the degree program.


The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to assess the students knowledge of learning experiences that have been introduced in the Masters degree in Science Education (Biology and Science Education Process) programs. The exam will address specific objectives from the cognate field.



Planned Program of Study

Area A - Nature of the Learner

(Minimum of 3 hours required)

PSYC

5515

Educational Psychology

PSYC

5530

Adolescent Psychology

PSYC

5555

Conditions of Learning




Area B - Program and Problems of the School

(Minimum of 3 hours required)

EDUC

5538

Curriculum Planning

EDUC

5540

Curriculum Principles

EDUC

5570

Strategies of Instruction in Science**




Area C - Teaching Field Courses

(Minimum of 15 hours required)

(Six hours in core and nine hours to be selected from the list of elective courses.)




Cognate Fields  - Core

(Minimum of 6 hours from the core)

BIOL

5501

Selected Topics in Botany

BIOL

5502

Selected Topics in Zoology

BIOL

5503

Selected Topics in Human Biology

(Other teaching field courses will be selected from courses listed within the cognate areas

with the approval of the advisors.)




Cognate FieldsElectives

(Minimum of 9 hours chosen from the following)

BIOL

5504

Ecology

BIOL

5506

Genetics

BIOL

5508

Parasitology

BIOL

5510

Microbiology

BIOL

5515

Selected Topics in Biology

(3 hrs from AREA C may be satisfied with PHYS 5500, PHYS (5530 or 5531) or PHYS (5645 or 5646)




Area D - Research and Statistics

(Minimum of 3 semester hours)

EDUC

5500

Educational Statistics +

EDUC

5501

Educational Research**




Area E - Electives (Minimum of 3 semester hours)

SPED

5501

Exceptional Child ++

Other elective as approved by the advisor

* Minimum of 9 semester hours from Areas A & B

** Required course

*** Minimum of 18 semester hours from area C (6 hours of core courses are required). In the chemistry program, core courses may be omitted if a departmental proficiency exam is passed. The student would complete 15 hours of advanced courses.

+ Required for research course. Passing an examination can satisfy course requirements.