Plan of Study
TCC Associate of Arts in Pre-Secondary Education
NSU Bachelor of Science in Science Education – Biology Emphasis
The Secondary Science Education major prepares students to become Grade 7-12 science teachers. In particular, the Biology Emphasis prepares students to become middle school science teachers or high school biology and physical science teachers. Students gain extensive field experiences prior to intern teaching beginning with their first education class. A strong emphasis is placed on inquiry-based instruction. Faculty assist students in acquiring a solid theoretical base and provide students with opportunities for practical application of theory within public school settings.
Successful completion of the OGET. The Science Education degree plan includes minimum course requirements. However, there are additional requirements for full admission to and continued participation in NSU’s Teacher Education Program. These include: Successful completion of the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET). All candidates, regardless of GPA must successfully complete the OGET for teacher certification.
Transferring to NSU is a seamless process. Although you can transfer to NSU at any time in your academic career, the smoothest transition occurs if you have earned or will earn an AA or AS from TCC. This milestone will also meet your general education requirements at NSU (unless it is a specific NSU requirement for you to graduate).
What it takes to complete a BS in Science Education from NSU. If you don’t complete your AA or AS at TCC, you will need to meet NSU’s specific general education requirements. You must have at least 124 hours completed to earn a BS in Science ED. Of those hours, 60 must be from a university (4 year school), 40 must be junior and senior (3000/4000) level, and half of the hours in your major must be from NSU. You must also be both English and computer proficient. This means that you must pass Composition I & II with a “C” or better and pass the designated computer proficiency class if needed. Therefore, when you transfer to NSU, you will likely need to complete around 60 more hours in order to earn your BS in Science Education.
How do my TCC classes transfer to NSU? Every class that you have taken at TCC will transfer to NSU. Each class will count in one of the following categories that make up a bachelor’s degree: general education, major, minor, or free elective. You probably already know about general education and major classes but minors and free electives are unique to bachelor’s degrees. Free electives are extremely flexible and can be selected from any academic area. They allow you to explore your academic interests outside of your major while counting toward the 124 hours you need to graduate. Most degree programs at NSU allow for some free electives. If you completed a class at TCC that does not meet one of the other specific requirements, it will count in this category, up to 64 hours. If you have completed more than 64 hours at the associate degree level, all courses will transfer to NSU, but only 64 hours will apply to your degree. This is because you must have 60 hours from a four-year institution to meet state requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree. Education majors must complete all science and education courses with a C or better. In addition, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.5 in all science courses and in all education courses. All education majors are required to take 3 hours of a language other than English or demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. Your NSU advisor or your TCC advisor can recommend a class to satisfy this State requirement.
When can you start taking NSU classes? You can begin taking classes at NSU while you are completing your AA or AS at TCC. This is called dual enrollment, many students do this each semester. Consult an NSU academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to see how dual enrollment can work for you.
NOTE: For admission to Teacher Education, students must have completed (45) credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Students in all education programs must read and sign a Statement of Understanding. This will be accomplished with advisement from your NSU faculty advisor. Before the Final Internship, all students must pass at least one high school science Oklahoma Subject Area Test (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics). During the Final Internship, all students must pass the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination.