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The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education (BSSE) degree…
…is to prepare graduates for successful careers as science teachers at the middle and high school levels. Graduates of the BSSE will be eligible to apply for licensure as secondary Broadfield Science teachers in the state of Montana. The majority of the BSSE required coursework is in the natural and physical sciences, with additional coursework required in advanced math and education courses, along with the general education course requirements.
Graduates of the degree program will meet the state’s academic requirements for highly qualified secondary science teachers, which upon licensure makes them eligible to teach earth science, physics, physical science, biology, chemistry and environmental science in Montana’s secondary schools. The program’s design emphasizes the development of teachers prepared to effectively meet the needs of middle and high school learners, particularly rural and American Indian learners. Graduates will have a solid grounding in Western and Native science content and perspectives, as well as knowledge of how to use effective instructional methods for supporting science learners.
For more information about the BSSE program, contact Dept. Chair Dr. Wren Walker-Robbins: (406) 275-4780 firstname.lastname@example.org
In alignment with the objectives of the SKC’s Division of Education, the BSSE strives to meet the following program objectives:
1. Prepare teacher candidates to be culturally competent and effective professional educators and leaders.
2. Form and maintain collaborative partnerships (relationships) with grades Pre K- 20 providers and education professionals.
3. Promote cultural competence to advance respectful educational practices for all learners, with a particular focus on American Indian learners.
4. Collaborate with college, community, state, and tribal entities to share professional development opportunities and resources.
5. Conduct and support research to contribute to the knowledge base, improve educational practice, and build individual and community capacity.
1. In order to be admitted to the BSSE, students must obtain an approved federal / state background check.
2. BSSE students must receive a grade of B or better in all of the BSSE required courses. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better to graduate with the BSSE degree.