Certification to Teach Through Graduate Work

Undergraduates majoring in science subjects can elect to receive their bachelor's degree first, and then complete student teaching as part of a master's degree in Education or a relevant science.

Finally, it may soon be possible to formally combine undergraduate and graduate studies through an IUG (Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate) program option.

If you would like to become certified in science and have already completed a bachelor's degree, but do not have a master's degree, then you should pursue certification as part of a relevant master's degree. The most common option is to complete an M.S. or M.Ed. in Science Education (part of the graduate program in Curriculum & Instruction), but you may also complete certification requirements while pursuing a master's degree in another scientific field (with the consent of your graduate committee in that field and the permission of the Science Education program).

If you would like to become certified in science and have already completed a master's or doctoral degree in a relevant field, you do not need to complete another master's degree. You may complete the certification program requirements as a non-degree student. For more information on this option, please consult a faculty member or in 228 Chambers Building (814-863-1496). Also, note that you must complete a non-degree admissions review and be formally admitted to the program; Tiffany can help with that process.

Majoring in Science Fields or Pursuing Studies at the Graduate Level

If you plan to complete an undergraduate degree before taking SCIED 412/512 and CI 495C (these courses are taken concurrently; SCIED 411 is a prerequisite), your admission to the certification program will be done through the Curriculum & Instruction graduate admissions process. You will not need to go through the College of Education's Entrance to Major process, and you may have greater flexibility for completing certification requirements.

If you intend to complete the certification requirements as an undergraduate science major, you must be formally admitted to the SCIED certification program prior to taking SCIED 412 and CI 495C (again, please note that SCIED 411 is a prerequisite). You will not need to go through the College of Education's Entrance to Major, but you do need to be formally admitted (that is, submit a written Application for Admission to the SCIED Program, for Students Majoring in Science Disciplines) and receive a written acceptance. For more information, please consult an adviser in 228 Chambers Building.