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College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education - Secondary Major - Biology (Grades 8-12)


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This major is only granted in conjunction with the Biology major. Students must consult the secondary education program coordinator for guidance regarding other subject-matter courses required for the Massachusetts initial teaching license. This license does not automatically meet certification requirements outside of Massachusetts, but it can be converted to licensure in other states (some jurisdictions require additional exams, courses, and/or fees). Students must meet with the secondary education program coordinator before declaring their major.

Student Teaching


During the student-teaching practicum (EDUC 496 ), students are evaluated according to the seven standards that define the knowledge and skills required of all Massa­chusetts teachers. If students fail to meet one of these standards, they will not be eligible for licensure.

  • Subject-Matter Knowledge
  • Well-Structured Lessons and Units
  • Meeting Diverse Needs
  • Adjustment to Practice
  • Safe Learning Environment
  • High Expectations
  • Reflective Practice

Additional information


Eligibility for EDUC 495 /EDUC 496  (the student-teaching practicum) requires a CGPA of 3.0, a B- or better in EDUC 230  and a B or better in EDUC 391 , a GPA of B or above in the subject area major, a 25-hour fieldwork experience in a setting with diverse learners, passing scores on the reading and writing subtests of the Communication and Literacy MTEL, taking the Biology MTEL, and good social standing according to the Dean of Students with no conduct hearings pending. Students must also demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Wheaton Education Department, promise of fulfilling all Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers, including the Professional Culture Standard (which must be demonstrated by behavior such as, but not limited to, appropriate professional communication and appropriate professional conduct with classmates, students, fieldwork supervisors, community members, and faculty).

The secondary education program coordinator may grant waivers authorizing students to take alternative courses. These waivers are granted when students have taken a similar Wheaton course or a similar course at another institution. In extraordinary circumstances, the coordinator may grant waivers based on reading lists or assignments completed in multiple courses. Waivers may be granted for foundation courses or subject-matter courses, but not for EDUC 230  , EDUC 391  or EDUC 495 /EDUC 496 . Ordinarily, coordinators will grant no more than two waivers per student (exceptions are made for students who take relevant courses abroad).

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