Middle Grades Science
Consider the innovative SKyTeach program at WKU, which provides outstanding preparation for the next generation of Kentucky's math and science teachers. To become a middle school math or science teacher you must complete the Science and Mathematics Education (SMED – SKyTeach Program) major and either a Middle Grades Mathematics (MGM – Department of Mathematics) major or a Middle School Science (MSS – Ogden College) major. You will earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in SMED and MGM or MSS. Your initial certification will be for grades 5 through 9.
Benefits for members include
• Personal support and guidance by Master Teachers who are experienced former high
school or middle school teachers.
• Academic and social support from peers who have similar career interests.
• Opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience at the middle and high school levels.
• High/Middle school student teaching experience in the fourth year of the program.
• Internships in an educational setting and scholarships available during the school year and summer.
• Professional staff with student work and resource rooms in addition to printing and computer labs.
For more information on the program, please visit the SKyTeach website.
- Middle School Science Teacher
- Administrative and Student Support Services
- Tutoring Services
- Curriculum Supervision
For more careers and information, go to the Career Services Center website and select "Connect major to careers".
Requirements for Admission to Professional Education
- 1. File an application for admission to professional education.
- 2. File a statement indicating no convictions or pending charges on a felony or a sexual misconduct misdemeanor.
- 3. Submit documentation of a completed physical exam, TB test, and thumbprint criminal background check, all dated within one year prior to admission to teacher education.
- 4. Submit an appropriate photograph for the teacher admission file.
- 5. File a statement indicating a commitment to uphold the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel.
- 6. Complete teacher admission standardized testing requirement for demonstration of basic skills by satisfying the indicated cut-off score(s) for one of the following (GRE test option is for graduate students only):
- The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) with minimums of 174 in Mathematics, 176 in Reading, and 174 in Writing
- The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a minimum Verbal score of 150 and a minimum Quantitative score of 143 along with an Analytical Writing score of at least 4.0.
Required of undergraduate students (in addition to the requirements for all students)
- Attend a Teacher Education Admissions Orientation session.
- Achieve the required minimum GPA of 2.75 overall.
- Demonstrate proficiency in oral communication by attaining a minimum grade of "C" in COMM 145 or 161 (or approved equivalent course).
- Demonstrate proficiency in written communication by attaining a GPA of at least 2.5 in ENG 100 and ENG 300 (or approved equivalent courses), with neither grade lower than a "C" (English credit earned with an Advanced Placement score of 3 or higher, ACT English score of 29, SAT Verbal score of 620, or CLEP proficiency will be accepted as equivalent to a "B").
- Obtain three favorable faculty recommendations from instructors of designated courses.
- If not on iCAP, submit a copy of an approved written degree program for a program leading to initial certification.
For requirements of applicants seeking a second baccalaureate degree or certification-only for initial certification, please see the Requirements for Admission to Professional Education website.
For a listing of the coursework for this program, follow this link to the academic plan.
120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:
- 39 semester hours of General Education, or General Education Certified/Associate or Arts/Science degree from KCTCS
- 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)
- 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.
Internships and volunteering provide more for students than just networking, wages (if applicable) and work experience. These opportunities provide students a chance to take a career path for a "test drive." Internships and observations give students the opportunity to compare career expectations to work life reality and take control of making life decisions about their career. Please contact WKU-Owensboro Career Services at (270) 684-9797 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
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