Science Education Degree

The Science Education program is intended for students planning to be certified to teach Science in the Texas public school system as well as private schools.

The General Science 4-8 degree prepares students to teach grade-appropriate Science in 4th thru 8th grade in subjects such as General Biology, General Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, General Physics, and Astronomy.

The Life Science 7-12 degrees prepare students to teach grades 7-12 in class assignments such as: Science, Biology, Anatomy, Animal Science, Plant & Soil Science, Environmental Science, Aquatic Science, Medical Microbiology, and Forensic Science.

The Physical Science 6-12 degree prepares students to teach grades 6-12 in class assignments such as: Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Design & Problem Solving, and Scientific Research & Design.

The Science Composite 7-12 degree prepares students to teach grades 7-12 in class assignments such as: Science, Biology, Animal Science, Plant & Soil Science, Anatomy, Environmental Science, Aquatic Science, Forensic Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Design & Problem Solving, Scientific Research & Design, Astronomy, Earth & Space Science, and Environmental Systems.

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Andrea Jensen-Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Andrea Jensen

Associate Professor of Biology, Head of Biology department

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  • Life Sciences Composite 7-12 (B.S.)
  • Physical Sciences Composite 6-12 (B.S.)


Why Study Science Education at HSU?

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Rich and Diverse Curriculum

The Science Education program offers students a vast curriculum with courses in pre-engineering, astronomy, forensic science, acoustics, dinosaurs and volcanoes, drugs, and society, etc… and teacher preparation for all areas of science and mathematics.

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Extensive Research and Analysis

The College of Human Sciences and Educational Studies supports excellence in scholarly pursuits that explore complex issues related to science education.

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Excellent Preparation

More than 95% of HSU’s teacher candidates pass the TExES exams on their first try.

Program Details

Candidates for our Teacher Preparation Programs must meet certain requirements outlined in our Admission Requirements document.

Students who complete this degree will be eligible to take the Texas certification test for one of the following certifications: General Science 4-8, Physical Sciences Composite 6-12, Life Science 7-12, or Science Composite 7-12. These certifications lead to Science teaching positions in 4th Grade thru 12th Grade.

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability has awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded. Educator preparation programs are held accountable for the performance of their graduates on the state credentialing examinations required for certification. Programs must achieve a minimum pass rate on the tests by disaggregated subgroups (All, Male, Female, White, Hispanic, African American, Other) to receive a rating of “Accredited.”

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