Teaching Certificate

Teaching Certificate


Completion of this major prepares one to assume the responsibilities of a biology teacher in elementary, middle, or high schools in which science is taught as a separate subject. Continued study may include a Master’s degree in biology or a related discipline or a Master’s degree and doctorate in education. 

Admission to the Education Certification program requires a minimum CGPA of 3.0. Eligibility for teacher certification by the New Jersey Department of Education is dependent upon completion of the curriculum requirements of a certification program, a passing score on the Praxis exam and whatever minimum CGPA has been put into effect by the State at the time a graduate’s application for certification arrives at the New Jersey Department of Education.  All Teacher Certification candidates must take and pass the Writing Assessment prior to Field Experience II and the Praxis exams 20235 Biology: Content Knowledge and 10435 General Science: Content Knowledge prior to Internship. 

Notes: A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in each Biology and Chemistry course. 

Students who are interested in teacher certification in biology must contact the Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education for additional requirements necessary for admission and completion of education certification program.

Note: For the most updated information on this teaching certification program, students are directed to contact the College of Education as changes may have occurred since publication.
Required courses for BA in Biology with  Teacher Certification (Biology)

1.  A minimum of 36 credits in Biology: Course requirements for completion of the major are listed below. Course Codes with an asterisk (*) have prerequisite and corequisite courses.

  Course Code
  Course Title
 BIOL 130
 Principles of Biology I
 BIOL 131*
 Principles of Biology II
 BIOL 230*
 Cell Biology
 BIOL 236*
 Anatomy & Physiology I
 BIOL 237*
 Anatomy & Physiology II
 BIOL 304*
 Genetics  4
 BIOL 402* 
 Ecology  4
 BIOL 440*
 Biology Seminar

Biology Electives: minimum 7 credits 

  300-level*  4 credits
  400-level*  3-4 credits

Note: A minimum CGPA of 2.0 in Principles of Biology I and Principles of Biology II must be attained in order to enroll in advanced courses.

Chemistry 105, 1105, 106 and 1106 are prerequisites for all 300- and 400-level Biology courses. 

2. Ten (10) credits in Chemistry: 


  Course Code
  Course Title
 CHEM 105*
 General Chemistry I
 CHEM 1105*
 General Chemistry I Lab 
 CHEM 106*
 General Chemistry II
 CHEM 1106*
 General Chemistry II Lab

Notes:    Chemistry 105, 1105, 106 and 1106 are prerequisites for all 300- and 400-level Biology courses. Similarly, Chemistry 207 and 208 are recommended prerequisites for many 300- and 400-level major courses.

Students are advised to complete at least Chemistry 105, 1105, 106 and 1106 prior to beginning their junior year. 

3. Twenty-one (21) credits in the following courses: 

  Course Code
  Course Title
 GEOS 111
 Principles of Earth Science
 INTD 180*
 Computer Tools for Science & Math  
 MATH 165*
 Precalculus  3
 PHYS 101
 Basic Concepts of Physics
 INTD 149
 Human and Intercultural Relations
 PSYC 152
 Adolescence to Adulthood
 SOCI 114
 Sociology of the Family

Note: These courses meet General Studies Area requirements

4. Thirty (30) credits in the following courses. Must earn a grade of B- or higher in each.

  Phase I
 EDU 301
 Challenges in Urban Education
 LTED 330*
 Focus: Reading, Language & Literacy  
  Phase II
 EDU 330*
 Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning  
 EDU 331*
 Field Experience II
  Phase III
  Phase III  Offered Fall Semesters Only
 Secondary Reading & Language Workshop
 Secondary Curriculum, Method & Materials Workshop  
EDU3372*  Secondary Methods of Teaching Science
  Phase IV
 EDU 485*
 Classroom Management and Assessment  
 EDU 470*
 Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar
 EDU 480*
Internship 8

Biology Elementary Education Tracking Form
Biology Secondary Education Tracking Form