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Yuma Education

Secondary Education - Biology Yuma, Bachelor of Science in Education

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2020

NAU-Yuma's Education Department offers courses in teacher preparation in partnership with Arizona Western College. It is a joint addmission program by design and is only available at the NAU-Yuma branch campus.

Along with learning what to teach and how to teach, you have opportunities to experience increasingly complex assignments in classrooms with master teachers. We consider fieldwork and practicum experiences to be integral parts of your professional teaching preparation.

Our teacher education programs lead to professional preparation and state teaching certification in Secondary Education. To be accepted into the Secondary Education Program, you must meet criteria established by our Teacher Education Committee.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Education Secondary Education: Biology - Yuma?

Create the high school biology classroom of the future. In this degree plan, you'll learn how to explain the complicated concepts your students need to understand to succeed. This degree will help you develop the skills you need to be a secondary education teacher with comprehensive expertise in life sciences. Because of your knowledge, your students will tackle the environmental, health, and ecological challenges that lie ahead.

You'll also have the opportunity to complete fieldwork, laboratory exercises, and practicum experiences for your professional preparation. You'll learn advanced approaches to teaching and curriculum in a rigorous, diverse, and collaborative atmosphere. Earning this degree will help you move forward in your teaching career as well as enhance your students' educational experience.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Science teacher
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Tutor

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Superintendent

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 43 units of Education major requirements
  • At least 59 units of Biology and support courses major requirements, 17 of which may be applied to Liberal Studies Requirement
  • Up to 9 units of liberal studies requirements can have the same prefix as the major. 

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 125
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • If you are completing a teacher-certification program, you must apply for admission to our Teacher Education Program. We accept applications at set times each year; contact the NAU-Yuma Enrollment Services at 928-317-6400 to obtain an application packet which indicates the exact application timelines.

    You must be admitted to the Secondary Education Program in order to take education cousework other than the following courses: EDU 301W, EDU 325, or EDU 437.

    Please be aware that NAU-Yuma's Education Department's Secondary Education Program is controlled by special admission and retention standards. Our faculty members may, under certain circumstances, recommned that a student be referred to remedial instruction or to be removed from the Secondary Education Program. Also be aware that you must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 in all of your NAU coursework in order to graduate.

    All NAU-YUMA Secondary Education students, prior to being admitted to Teacher Candidate status (to begin), must pass one NES science subject knowledge. Students will also need to pass the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary as a State certification requirement. The test should be take at or near the completion of the program. In addition, the academic progress of all students will be monitored regularly and assessment results will be used to determine any remediation or supplementary instruction that may be required. 

  • To pursue an undergraduate program in Second Education, you must meet the following admission requirements:

    • 45 units of transfer-credit coursework (Education, Liberal Studies, Math, and Science)
    • EDF 200 with a minimum grade of "C"
    • MAT 125 or MAT 136 with a minimum grade of "C"
    • two lab science courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each course
    • the English foundation requirement (ENG 105) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (If your English GPA is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 GPA.)
    • one of the following GPA requirements

      • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in Liberal Studies courses
      • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
Major Requirements
Teacher Preparation
  • In our teacher education program, you are required to complete a student teaching experience. Student teaching includes participation in a student teaching seminar. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher. Additional field experience may be required.

    Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:

    • Admission to the teacher education program
    • NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 2.5 in all teacher preparation courses, with no grade lower than a "C".
    • Complete all plan requirements prior to student teaching.
    • All education courses and departmental requirements, with the exception of EDF 200 must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching.
    • Pass one NES Subject Knowlege Test in science. 
    • All Teacher Candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
  • State Teaching Certifications

    After you complete your teacher education program, you must apply to the Arizona Department of Education for certification in grades 7-12. NAU issues Institutional Recommendations for Teacher Candidates indicating that you have successfully completed the program. You must pass the Professional Knowledge and Subject Knowledge Tests of NES for Arizona certification.

    Be aware that you must meet U.S. and Arizona Constitution requirements to satisfy Arizona certification requirements. This may be done through course(s) or tests. Please consult faculty or advisors. 

    Program and Course requirements are subject to change. Please keep informed through regular review of your education plan with faculty and advisors. 

  • NAU assesses a fee, in addition to tuition, of $40 for practicum (EDU 308) and $85 for each student teaching course (EDU 495C). The fee structure may change at any time; advance notice is given when possible. 

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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