Bachelor of Arts in Science Education

Prepare yourself for an exciting career teaching biology, chemistry, and/or physics.

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About this Program

The B.A.Ed. in Science Education is a minimum 122 semester hours program that includes 50 hours in core science coursework. Students gain mastery in their chosen content area(s) while effective teaching methods that connect learning to life.

Students may choose one of the following emphases:

The degree program is approved for grades 7-12 licensure in secondary science.

There are three phases for education majors: Phase I: Core Curriculum; Phase II: Teacher Education Program; and Phase III: Student Teaching. For more information go to the SAFE admission page.


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    B.A.Ed. in Science Education

    The B.A.Ed. in Science Education equips future educators with the necessary skills and knowledge to inspire and engage students in scientific exploration and discovery.

    To complete a B.A.Ed. in Science Education requires the following courses for a total of 122 hours.

    To complete the B.A.Ed. in Science Education, students must complete:

    • 6 hours of First Year Writing courses
    • 9 hours of Social/ Behavioral Science courses
    • 15-18 hours of Math/Science courses
    • 12 hours of Humanities/Fine Arts courses
    • 15-30 hours of Related Area courses (varies by emphasis)
    • 32-33 hours of Major Requirements for Content Area courses (varies by emphasis)
    • 29 hours of Professional Education courses
    • 6 hours of Elective Area courses

    First Year Writing (6)

    • WRIT 101, WRIT 100, OR HON 101
    • WRIT 102, LIBA 102, OR HON 102

    Social/Behavioral Science (9)

    • PSY 201
    • HST (100 level suggested)
    • HST (100 level suggested)

    Math/ Science (15-18)

    • MATH 121- College Algebra or higher (not to include MATH 245 or 246)
    • Physical Science w/ lab (Please refer to the degree plan for more information)
    • Biological Science w/ lab (BISC 110 suggested)
    • Science Elective (lab not required) (please refer to the degree plan for more information)
    • Math or Science Elective (not to include MATH 245 or 246)

    Humanities/Fine Arts (12)

    • ENG (220-226)
    • ENG (220-226)
    • Fine Arts (AH 101, 102, 201, 202; DANC 200; MUS 102, 103; THEA 201)
    • Humanities Elective (please refer to the degree plan for more information)

    Related Area (15-30)

    Please refer to the degree plan for more information (varies by emphasis).

    Major Requirements for Content Area (32-33)

    Please refer to the degree plan for more information (varies by emphasis).

    Professional Education Requirements (29)

    • EDSP 308 Introduction to Special Education
    • EDCI 352 Education, Society & the K-12 Learner*
    • EDSP 327 Classroom Management and Behavior Interventions
    • EDCI 353 Planning & Teaching Strategies for Effective Classroom Practice*
    • EDSE 400 Principles of Education*
    • EDSE 446 Special Methods I: Science
    • EDLE 480 Student Teaching: Secondary Education*
    • EDCI 419 Classroom Assessment

    *Denotes all courses that contain field experience.

    Electives Areas (6)

    Please refer to the degree plan for more information (varies by emphasis).

    Admission to Phase II of the Teacher Education Program

    To be admitted to Phase II students must:

    • Complete the core curriculum and EDCI 352 (minimum grade "C")
    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on Core
    • Appropriate Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT scores OR overall 3.0 GPA on 60+ hours
    • Must complete education courses with a "C" or better

    Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

    • 2.5 grade point average (entry admission for transfer students and change of major)
    • 2.75 grade point average (admission for Phase II: Teacher Education Program) and appropriate scores on either the ACT, SAT or Praxis CORE* (link to Phase II information is posted above under Program Description)

    *Praxis Core Exemption: Students are exempt from taking the Praxis CORE exam for admission to Phase II if they have proof of:

    • An ACT score of at least a 21 composite (or SAT equivalent; View the SAT Equivalency Scoring sheet for more information) OR
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a minimum of 60 hours of completed coursework.

    Yearlong Internship and Senior Practicum

    All teacher education candidates in the elementary, health and physical education, secondary, and special education programs are placed in one location during the senior year.

    • The yearlong internship consists of senior practicum and student teaching.
    • Candidates are paired with the same Clinical Instructor for the entire senior year.

    All senior yearlong placements are overseen by a Uuniversity Ssupervisor and are based on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium Standards (InTASC) and Special Professional Association (SPA) Standards.


    Candidates must take additional Praxis exams to qualify for licensure in Mississippi. Once licensed, candidates will be highly qualified to teach their emphasis subject grades 7-12. Candidates may also qualify for additional add-on endorsements through coursework or Praxis II exams.

    For information on seeking licensure outside Mississippi, please review the Certification information. 

    Nicole Roberson

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    If you have any questions about the Bachelor of Arts in Science Education don't hesitate to reach out. We're always happy to help!

    Nicole Roberson

    Instructor in Secondary Science Education and Director of the Mississippi Public School Consortium for Educational Access

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