With a BS in our nationally award-winning middle grades education program, future educators will be preparing for an exciting career. Our academic concentration in science will provide you with the skills to teach young adolescents the tools they need to be successful in high school and to become 21st century leaders.
BIOL 1050 - General Biology
CHEM 1020 - General Descriptive Chemistry
GEOL 1500 - Dynamic Earth
PHYS 1250 - General Physics
SCIE 3602 - Investigations in Physical and Earth Science
SCIE 3604 - Investigations in Life and Environmental Science
SCIE 3350 - Descriptive Astronomy
SCIE 3351 - Descriptive Astronomy
SCIE 3360 - Physical Meteorology
SCIE 3361 - Physical Meteorology
The Science Education Concentrations are administered by the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE). Although students who use the concentrations are advised in other departments, MSITE is ready to assist students with questions about the concentrations (firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-328-9355).
Given there are seven science courses in the concentration and there are seven semesters that most teaching majors have for coursework (the eighth semester is the full-time internship), it is best to begin the first semester at ECU. Since two Foundations Curriculum courses may be used in the concentration and you are likely to take an FC class your first semester, beginning early should not be a problem. Ideally, a science concentrator might take one science course every semester, but it is likely that there will be a semester when you need to take two science courses.
Yes. Although some principals and other hiring officials like science/mathematics and social studies/language arts pairings, BS Middle Grades majors may choose any two concentrations out of the four possibilities.
Yes! Although the concentration lists BIOL 1050 as the biology course in the concentration, the AP Biology credit (BIOL 1100/1101 and 1200/1201) may be used to meet this requirement. Furthermore, AP Chemistry credit (CHEM 1150/1151) may be used in place of CHEM 1020 and AP Physics credit (PHYS 1250/1251) actually gives the required physics credit.
The key to adding license is to take the relevant licensure exam (the Praxis II test for comprehensive high school science). Now you may want to speak with an advisor to see if she/he suggests taking an additional science course or two that would help prepare you for the test.
Because some of the middle grades science concentration courses are very specialized for teachers (that is, the three courses with the SCIE prefix), there is just one section of each course offered per year. So the upside is that the course are designed for teachers and the downside is that it takes more careful planning to complete the concentration that some others. However, we post when we offer courses well in advance and we have substitutions for some courses and that provides more flexibility.
Dr. Ron Preston email@example.com
Director of Students Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education
East Carolina University Mail Stop 566 Greenville, NC 27858 Phone:252-328-9355