Education: Biology 7-12 Certification

Are you interested in the study of living things?
Would you like to share this knowledge with individuals?

The Biology Secondary Education program at Marywood provides a strong background in biology and the physical sciences. You'll learn basic concepts in biology, chemistry, math, and physics, as well as more advanced concepts in areas such as molecular biology, anatomy, microbiology, and ecology.

Lab work is required because we believe that the teachers of tomorrow are also the scientists of tomorrow.

Specialty Courses

BIOL 122 & 122L Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 150 & 150L General Biology I 4
BIOL 151 & 151 L General Biology II 4
BIOL 235 & 235L General Microbiology 4
BIOL 351 Evolution 3
BIOL 411B Curriculum Methods 4
BIOL 440 & 440L Molecular & Cellular Biology 4
BIOL 446 & 446L Genetics 4
BIOL 410 Science Literacy Capstone 2
CHEM 131 & 131L General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 132 & 132L General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 221 & 221L Organic Chemistry 4
ENVS 420 & 420L Ecology 4
PHYS 303 & 303L General Physics 4
MATH 155 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3
MATH 211 Calculus I 4
MATH 170 Mathematical Applications in Biology 3

General Requirements

EDUC 500 First Semester Certification Seminar 0
EDUC 000 Field Experience (190 clock hours minimum) 0
EDUC 005E Practicum Block 1
EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 523 Seminar: Psychology of Education 3
PSYC 514 Human Development 3
R ED 526 Teaching Content Area Reading 3
SPED 507 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
EDUC 411A Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education 3
SPED 511 Curriculum for Special Needs Learners (taken w/ student teaching) 3
SPED 539 Behavior Management Approaches 3
EDUC 561 Methods, Materials and Assessment ESL 3
EDUC 442A-Q Student Teaching 2.5,2.5
EDUC 598B Special Topics in Student Teaching (Seminar) (Taken w/ student teaching) 1

Subject Area Specializations

Full transfer credit will be awarded for courses in the following specializations based upon comparable prior credits earned.


The English as a Second Language (ESL) (PK-12) Endorsement is intended to improve a teacher's skills in this specialized area and can be added to existing Level I or Level II certificates.

The online Autism Spectrum Disorders (PK-12) Endorsement will help educators, school psychologists, counselors, and other professionals work more effectively with children and youth diagnosed with ASD.