Our hypothesis … The Nicholls general science education program offers excellent preparation to prospective teachers who want to help students develop critical thinking skills.
A combination of education and science courses, offered through the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Physical Sciences, offers majors hands-on experience both in laboratories and in classrooms. Majors are required to take varied courses in biology, chemistry, geology, geography, physical science and chemistry. Education courses prepare majors to write lesson plans, utilize effective instructional methods and manage a high school science classroom or laboratory.
All candidates in the Secondary Education program must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and a “C” or above in all coursework.
Secondary Education candidates are required to take courses in:
- Methods in providing a multicultural environment
- Methods in Creative Arts and Music
- Methods in Language and Literature, Math, Science, and Technology
- Classroom Management and Lesson Planning
- Methods of teaching specific to concentration area of instruction
Field Experiences: Secondary Education candidates complete various field experiences throughout required coursework which encompasses a student teaching experience that is completed at the end of the program. These experiences include observations and teaching whole group, small group and individual instruction in Public School Secondary Settings.
Candidates must also complete Praxis I and the following two sections of Praxis II for Louisiana Teacher certification in Secondary Education: PLT: 7-12th and Praxis exam specific to concentration area.
Praxis I must be completed prior to entering EDUC 250 (Introduction to Education) and Praxis II must be completed prior to the final student teaching semester.
General science education majors must have general science as their primary certification and a secondary focus from:
- Biology and Environmental Science
- Earth and Space/Environmental Science
Biology and Environmental
|Chemistry Secondary Focus||
Earth and Space/Environmental
Electives (6 hrs. 300-level
Elective (300-level or above)