Biology

To gain a Biology endorsement, you must demonstrate your subject–matter knowledge in multiple ways.

Prior to your admission to the M.A.T. program you need to complete Biology coursework and state-required content exams. While enrolled in the M.A.T. program you will complete coursework and have school-based placements to prepare you to teach Biology.

 

1. CONTENT PREPARATION

One part of preparing to teach Biology is a strong preparation in the subject.  The best content preparation is a major in Biology.  At a minimum you should complete 45 quarter credits, or 30 semester credits (7.5 Puget Sound units) of Biology coursework. Suggested courses include:

  • Ecology. At Puget Sound take: BIO 211: General Ecology, BIO 370: Conservation Biology.
  • Evolution. At Puget Sound take: BIO 112: Evolution and Diversity of Life, BIO 360 Evolution.
  • Cells and Genetics. At Puget Sound take: BIO 111: Unity of Life: Cells, Molecules, and Systems and BIO 212: Cell Biology, BIO 311: Genetics.
  • Science, Technology and Society. At Puget Sound take: STS 330: Idea of Evolution.
     

2. TESTING

You must pass the National Evaluations System's exam (NES) in Biology and submit scores from an approved basic skills test. No specific passing score is required for basic skills. Scores are used as a formative instrument to determine a candidate's basic skill level in reading, writing, and mathematics.

  BASIC SKILLS TESTING CONTENT AREA TESTING
BIOLOGY

TEST:  WEST–B or Alternative*

Math, Reading, & Writing

TEST: NES 305

Biology

*Out-of-state applicants may substitute either the PRAXIS I or CBEST for the WEST-B. Additionally, scores from the SAT or ACT taken after 2005 may be used to meet the basic skills requirement.


3. SCHOOL–BASED PLACEMENTS & COURSEWORK

During the academic year, you will complete middle school and high school teaching methods coursework and Chemistry-related school-based experiences. In addition, the state of Washington requires that you pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), which you will submit during spring semester.

 

For additional information, contact Karen Stump at the School of Education.