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Secondary Education: General Science Concentration


The demand for science teachers is on the rise as is the excitement for teaching General Science, which spans a variety of scientific disciplines.

Graduates of Secondary Education General Science who complete all program requirements are eligible to apply for PA Instructional I Teaching Certification.  This certification enables graduates to teach Life Science, Physical Science and General Science in grades 7-8, and General Science in 9-12th grades in public, private, parochial, magnet, charter and online school settings.  

Clarion University Teacher Education faculty continually update their coursework and field experience assignments to reflect the changing school environments as well as Pennsylvania and National Academic Standards for learning and teaching.   Education Department faculty are all certified teachers and average over 15 years of K-12 classroom experience. 

While a few courses in undergraduate education programs may be offered online, the majority of the program is on campus in highly interactive face to face instruction.   Field experiences in schools are integrated during all four years of the program, with larger blocks of time spent in grades 7-12 school settings during the senior year.   More information about field experiences, required certification tests and clearances as well as student teaching may be found by visiting the Office of Field Services.

The Secondary Education General Science program is recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and nationally accredited National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).