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Undergraduate

Robert Morris University offers a Secondary Teacher Certification Preparation program to develop graduates committed to effective instruction that supports the intellectual, social, and personal development of all learners. 

The RMU teacher certification program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Upon successful completion of this undergraduate degree program, the teacher candidate applies to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher certification in secondary English (grades 7-12).

Our education faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise, and all have related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, and teachers.

In addition to the course requirements listed below, each undergraduate education major must meet ten other certification requirements, all of which must be satisfied for the PDE to grant a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate to teach specific content areas at the secondary level.


Teaching younger students requires a general knowledge of science and skill at working with different kinds of learners. High school teachers often specialize in biology and teach other courses of personal interest. Educators in these settings may design exhibits and educational programs, in addition to teaching special classes or leading tours and nature hikes.

There are many careers for biologists who want to combine their scientific training with interests in other fields. Biologists apply scientific principles to develop and enhance products, tools, and technological advances in fields such as agriculture, food science, and medicine.

2010 national mean bachelor-level, entry-level salaries: (information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)

Elementary

$30,513

Special Education

$32,898

Pre-Elementary

$27,336

Specific Academic/Vocational

$34,260

Secondary

$37,703

2009 RMU Salary Survey:

Elementary Education

Mean: $31,250

Range: $24,000 - $38,500 (based on three or fewer responses)

Business Education (M.S.)

Mean: $40,539

Range: $30,000 - $55,000

Below is a typical four-year course of study for biology teacher certification, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Principles of Biology (plus lab) Principles of Biology II (plus lab)
Chemistry I (plus lab) Chemistry II (plus lab)
Reading Literature: Coming of Age Microbiology (plus lab)
Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry Argument & Research
Intercultural Communications Intro. Decision Support System
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Schools and Society Instructional Design/Assessment
Educational Psychology Cell/Molecular Biology (plus lab)
Botany (plus lab) Professional Communication
Ecology Fundamentals (plus lab) General Physics I (plus lab)
Public Speaking & Persuasion Statistics
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Teaching Study w/ Special Needs Teaching in Inclusive Sec. Class.
Reading Content/ELL Technology for Secondary Educators
Human Genetics (plus lab)     Comp. Vertebrate Physiology (plus lab)
General Physics II (plus lab)               Zoology (plus lab)
Comp. Vertebrate Anatomy (plus lab) 
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Professional Semester Survey of Economics
Content Specific Pedagogy: Biology Humanities: Art and Music     
Student Teaching Seminar         History 
Student Teaching Internship: Biology General Psychology

Contemporary Amer. Social Problems

 

Teaching is a highly respected profession which provides a regular daily and weekly work schedule, time off each year, excellent benefits, job security and opportunities to continue your education. The salary range for teachers in the U.S. is $30,000 to $80,000 per year with an average salary of $44,367 per year.

The program has five new science laboratories designated for study in Biology/Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. The science department also has three designated research areas. These laboratories have state-of-the-art instructional technology, including wireless connectivity and multimedia instruction.

Professors and lecturers teach introductory and advanced biology courses. They may also mentor students with projects and direct research programs.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. One hundred percent of SESS full-time faculty hold a doctorate degree in their field and have strong backgrounds as teachers, researchers, counselors, psychologists, principals, superintendents, and authors. Students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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