The Bachelor of Arts with major in science education requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including a minimum of 44 s.h. in science education professional education courses, completion of an approved College of Liberal Arts and Sciences science degree, and science education content courses. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.70 in professional education course requirements. They also must complete the GE CLAS Core. The major requires admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Application information can be obtained through the Office of Student Services.

Students must earn one of these majors at the University of Iowa, with a minimum of 36 s.h., in order to earn the B.A. in science education: a B.A. in biology, a B.S. in biology, a B.A. in chemistry, a B.S. in chemistry, a B.A. in environmental sciences, a B.S. in environmental sciences, a B.A. in geoscience, a B.S. in geoscience, a B.A. in physics, a B.S. in physics, or a B.S. in science studies; both degrees may be earned at the same time. Separate application to each degree program is required. Graduates who have earned one of these degrees at another institution and wish to earn the B.A. in science education should consult the Department of Teaching and Learning; additional coursework may be required.

An Iowa secondary teaching license qualifies holders to teach in grades 5-12. Additional subject area endorsements can be completed in any 5-12 licensure program. For more information and an advisor, contact the Department of Teaching and Learning.

For initial licensure, student teaching must be an all-day, full-semester experience. Most students are placed in a district within a 60-mile radius of Iowa City. Placements outside this area require special approval and are considered on an individual basis. Special site programs provide experience in districts with diverse populations and students also may apply to student teach at international sites for the second half of the semester.

Additional information about options for student teaching and application procedures is available from the Office of Student Services. Applications for student teaching must be submitted during the calendar year before the student teaching semester. The deadline for student planning to student teach the following fall semester is November 15 and April 15 for the following spring semester. 

The B.A. with a major in science education requires the following work.

Professional Education Course Requirements

Students complete 44 s.h. from the following.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses may be completed before or after admission to the major.

All of these:
EDTL:4900Foundations of Special Education3
EPLS:3000Foundations of Education3
PSQF:1075Educational Psychology and Measurement3

Additional Licensure Courses

All of these:
EDTL:3002Technology in the Classroom2
EDTL:3091Secondary Education Program Orientation and Classroom Management3
EDTL:3095Teaching Reading in Secondary Content Areas1
EPLS:4180Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher3
And, all of these taken in this order:
EDTL:4751Science Methods I: Early Learners with Field Experience3
EDTL:4752Science Methods II: Junior High with Field Experience3
EDTL:4753Science Methods III: High School with Field Experience3
EDTL:4779Secondary School Science Practicum2

Student Teaching

Transfer students should consult their advisor since they must complete certain courses before they student teach.

All of these:
EDTL:4087Seminar: Curriculum and Student Teaching3
EDTL:4091Observation and Laboratory Practice in the Secondary School6
EDTL:4092Observation and Laboratory Practice in the Secondary School6

Mathematics Course

Students must complete a college-level math course. Most students complete this course as a part of their GE CLAS Core requirement in Quantitative or Formal Reasoning. For questions about how the math course can be applied to the licensure requirement, see Academic Advising on the College of Education website.

One of these:
CS:1110Introduction to Computer Science3
CS:1210Computer Science I: Fundamentals4
STAT:1010Statistics and Society3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
STAT:1030Statistics for Business4
Any mathematics course (prefix MATH) except for MATH:0100, MATH:0300, or MATH:1005

Science Education Content Courses

Students select science courses that relate to their major field of study. In addition, students complete the Broad Science Field Block below:

Broad Field Science Block

Students must complete 12 s.h. from the following.

This course:
SIED:4135The Nature of Science4
At least two of these:
SIED:4102Societal and Educational Applications of Earth Science and Environmental4
SIED:4103Societal and Educational Applications of Biological Sciences4
SIED:4105Societal and Educational Applications of Physical Sciences4
SIED:4106Societal and Educational Applications of Chemical Concepts4

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Science Education, B.A.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Admission to the Teacher Education Program, College of Education, is by competitive application. For information about application requirements, process, and deadlines, please see the College of Education's website.  
Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.70 in professional education course requirements.  
Students must earn another major at the University of Iowa in order to earn the BA in science education. Both degrees may be earned at the same time. a  
Graduates who have earned one of these degrees at another institution and wish to earn the BA in science education should consult the Department of Teaching and Learning; additional course work may be required.  
Choose a course for the GE CLAS Core Quantitative or Formal Reasoning requirement that will satisfy the Teacher Education Program math requirement.  
 Hours0
First Year
Spring
PSQF:1075 Educational Psychology and Measurement 3
 Hours3
Second Year
Any Semester
Exam: PRAXIS core exam  
10-hour pre-admission school field experience b  
 Hours0
Fall
EPLS:3000 Foundations of Education 3
Prepare materials for Teacher Education Program application (e.g. essays, letters of recommendation) c  
 Hours3
Spring
EDTL:4900 Foundations of Special Education 3
Admission Application: apply to the Teacher Education Program c  
 Hours3
Third Year
Fall
EDTL:3091 Secondary Education Program Orientation and Classroom Management 3
EDTL:3095 Teaching Reading in Secondary Content Areas 1
EDTL:3002 Technology in the Classroom 2
EDTL:4751 Science Methods I: Early Learners with Field Experience d 3
 Hours9
Spring
EDTL:4752 Science Methods II: Junior High with Field Experience e 3
EPLS:4180 Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher 3
Apply for student teaching (see the College of Education website for application instructions and deadlines)  
 Hours6
Fourth Year
Fall
EDTL:4753 Science Methods III: High School with Field Experience d 3
EDTL:4779 Secondary School Science Practicum d 2
 Hours5
Spring
EDTL:4087 Seminar: Curriculum and Student Teaching 3
EDTL:4091 Observation and Laboratory Practice in the Secondary School 6
EDTL:4092 Observation and Laboratory Practice in the Secondary School 6
Exam: edTPA f  
 Hours15
 Total Hours44