Secondary Science Education
FAQ's

Current Students

  1. When do I apply to student teach?

    Spring semester of your Junior year, during the last week of February.
  2. How do I apply to student teach?

    The application procedure and forms are located in the website for the Delaware Center for Teacher Education at http://www.udel.edu/ocs/student/student_teaching/student_teaching_applications.html
  3. When am I allowed to student teach?

    Only during the spring semester of your Senior year after you have taken completed all other courses in the degree.
  4. When do I take SCEN 491 TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL?

    During the fall semester of your Senior year, before your spring student teaching semester. You can register for this course only if you have applied for and have been accepted for student teaching (see question #1).
  5. When should I begin taking my professional education courses?

    Begin taking EDUC413, EDUC414 and EDUC419 in the spring semester of your sophomore year. We recommend taking EDUC 414 & EDUC 419 before EDUC 413.
  6. When do I take EDUC420?

    Take EDUC420 ("Reading in the Content Area") during the fall semester of your senior year.
  7. Can I take extra courses while I student teach?

    You are allowed to ONLY take the following courses in the spring of your senior year:
    EDUC400-Student teaching (9 Units) Student teaching is a fulltime commitment…. do not plan on holding any other job during this semester!
  8. When should I take the Praxis I exam? Praxis II

    Take Praxis I as soon as you complete your University Math Requirement. You must submit proof of successfully passing Praxis I by February of your junior year to Ms. Barbara VanDornick. You should complete Praxis II before taking SCEN 491. You must submit proof of successfully passing Praxis II by May 1 of your senior year to Ms. Barbara VanDornick
  9. May I do my student teaching in a State other than Delaware?

    No.
  10. Am I certified to teach after I complete the program?

    The University of Delaware will issue you a "Recommendation for Certification" once you finish the program. Individual States certify teachers to teach, not Universities. Each State has its own criteria, of which a "Recommendation for Certification" is one requirement. For individual state requirements, refer to the State Certification Offices.
  11. Who is my advisor?

    Each program has its own advisor who works Science Education students. If you are a freshman or sophomore, locate your advisor on our faculty advisor page.
  12. What if I do not meet the GPA requirements for student teaching, or decide not to finish the program?

    If you are not accepted for student teaching, or decide not to finish the program, you can change your major by dropping the "Education" component of your major and graduate with a degree in your discipline. For instance, you can change your major from "Biology Education" to "Biology" and graduate with a degree in Biology. Earth science education majors should discuss their degree options with their advisor.
  13. What are my job prospects once I finish the program and graduate?

    They are excellent! There is a demand for new teachers!