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Physical Science Education (BS)

Hours — 64-82 Credit Hours
Effective Aug. 2015
Last Revised 10/01/2020
Holokai Category: Math & Sciences and Professional Studies

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Program Requirements


Science Content — 41 credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
ASTR 104 Principles of Astronomy F 3.0
MATH 212 Calculus F, W, S 5.0
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I F, W 3.0 MATH 110 with a C- or better (MATH 110 can be a corequisite if MATH 101 was completed-see Advisor), or ACT Math score 24+, or SAT Math score 590+. High school chemistry or CHEM 101 highly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM 105L
CHEM 105L General Chemistry I Lab F, W 1.0 Corequisite: CHEM 105L
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II W, S 3.0 CHEM 105/L w/C- or better. Corequisite: CHEM 106L
CHEM 106L General Chemistry II Lab W, S 1.0 CHEM 105/L w/C- or better. Corequisite: CHEM 106
CHEM 351 Organic Chemistry I F, W 3.0 CHEM 106/L w/C- or better; CHEM 201 (co- or prerequisite).
CHEM 351L Organic Chemistry I Lab F 1.0 Co or prerequisite: CHEM 351
CHEM 352 Organic Chemistry II F, W 3.0 CHEM 351 w/C- or better
CHEM 352L Organic Chemistry II Lab W 1.0 CHEM 351/L; Co- or prerequisite: CHEM 352
GEOL 105 Geology of the Pacific Basin F, W, S 3.0
PHYS 121 Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics F, W 3.0 MATH 212 and either High School Trigonometry or MATH 111, and passing a Comprehensive Mathematics Exam during 1st week of semester. Sample Math exam available in Canvas.
PHYS 121L Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics Lab F, W 1.0 Pre or corequisite PHYS 121
PHYS 220 Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism W-even 3.0 PHYS 121 w/C- or better
Completion of MATH 213 recommended
PHYS 220L Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism Lab W-even 1.0 Pre or corequisite PHYS 220
PHYS 221 Introduction to Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics W-odd 3.0 PHYS 121 w/C- or better
Completion of MATH 213 recommended
PHYS 221L Introduction to Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics Lab W-odd 1.0 Pre or corequisite PHYS 221


Content Electives — 2 credits

From CHEM, PHYS, BIOCHEM, MATH - Faculty Approved


Education — 23-41 credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
EDU 212 Foundations of Education F, W, S 2.0
EDU 200 Human Growth and Learning in Schools F, W, S 3.0


Recommended Elective

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
HWST 101 Introduction to Hawaiian Studies
(Required for Hawaii Track)
F, W, S 3.0
EDU 340 Multiculturalism and Culturally Responsive Teaching through Sheltered Instruction
(Required for International Track)
F, W 2.0


Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
SPED 300 Education of Exceptional Students F, W, S 3.0 EDU 200
EDU 305 Computer and Technology Assisted Instruction F, W, S 2.0 EDU 212 for Education majors only or TESOL 240 for TESOL major/certs only
EDU 312 Effective Pedagogy F, W, S 3.0 EDU 212
EDU 385 Education Assessment in the Classroom F, W, S 3.0 EDU 312
SCED 350 General Methods for Secondary Teachers F, W 2.0 EDU 312, corequisite SCED 491
SCED 401 A Multicultural Approach to Reading in the Content Area F, W 3.0 EDU 312, corequisite SCED 491 (except for non-certification track)
SCED 430 Classroom Management in Secondary Contexts F, W 2.0 EDU 312, corequisite SCED 491 (except for non-certification track)
SCED 491 Observation Practicum F, W 3.0 EDU 312, corequisite SCED 401, SCED 430, and formal admission to TE
SCED 492 Student Teaching F, W 12.0 Successful completion of all preliminary courses including SCED 491


Additional Program Requirements

Application to the teacher education program must take place before professional year courses may be taken.

Application deadlines: February 15 for those beginning professional year courses in fall semester. May 15 for those beginning professional year courses in winter semester.

No grade below “C-” accepted.

All courses in the education major can be retaken one time to improve a grade lower than C-.

If the second attempt is lower than a C-, the student will be removed from the major.


Program Outcomes


Upon completing a major in teacher education, students can demonstrate an understanding of these outcomes:

  1. Learner Development - The teacher candidate designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  2. Learning Differences - The teacher candidate creates inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  3. Learning Environments - The teacher candidate works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  4. Content Knowledge - The teacher candidate understands the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  5. Application of Content - The teacher candidate uses differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  6. Assessment - The teacher candidate uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  7. Planning for Instruction - The teacher candidate plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals.
  8. Instructional Strategies - The teacher candidate uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice - The teacher candidate uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  10. Leadership and Collaboration - The teacher candidate seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, and to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals.

    Admission to All Secondary Education Programs

    Admission to the secondary education degree requires a valid MAP that satisfies university graduation criteria. Admission to the teaching track requires letters of recommendation, completed application packet, and a formal interview. Please see the dean or academic advisor for further details.


    The Discipline


    All courses offered in the secondary education teacher education program are designed to meet the performance standards established by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) and to provide a classroom-oriented knowledge base in a subject content area. Field experiences are attached to most academic professional classes in the teacher education program, with the capstone experience being student teaching for students working to teach in grades seven through 12 in public or private schools.

    The program provides the opportunity for prospective teachers to learn about the culture of the elementary school, develop a solid foundation in basic principles of teaching and learning that originate in educational theory and research, and become proficient in systematically applying those basic principles in practical U.S. and international settings.


    Career Opportunities

    Students who complete the secondary education teaching program are eligible to teach in the United States as well as other countries. With a secondary education degree and experience as a classroom teacher, individuals may also pursue other career opportunities in education such as counselors, curriculum specialists, and administrators. Experience in any of those areas could then open other career opportunities at the higher education level in teacher education and administration. In addition, with a subject area content background, individuals are also prepared to enter into a content field. Non-teaching track students may also use the degree for graduate entrance or other professions requiring an education degree.