Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Science and Mathematics Education (SMED), Bachelor of Science (774)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/ste

Program Coordinator

Martha M. Day, martha.day@wku.edu

Students seeking certification in middle grades (5-9) or secondary grades (8-12) must complete both the science and mathematics education program (SMED) and one of the following: the middle school science (MSS) program (reference number 734), the middle grades mathematics (MGM) program (reference number 730), or a teacher certifiable science or mathematics content major. This combination of programs leads to a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two majors. Completion of the two programs, as well as the successful completion of the current requirements to be recommended for certification, will qualify a student for Kentucky middle grades science or mathematics certification (grades 5-9), or secondary certification (grades 8-12) in one of the following approved science or mathematics secondary content fields: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, mathematics, or physics. Students seeking admission to the SMED program must earn a grade of C or higher in SMED 101 and SMED 102 and meet requirements for admission to teacher education.

Students seeking academic advising with regard to preparation as a science or mathematics teacher should contact the SKyTeach office, Kelly Thompson Hall - Office 1011A, (270) 745-3900, or refer to the SKyTeach website: http://www.wku.edu/skyteach for additional information. 

Program Requirements (37 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

The science and mathematics education program requires completion of 34 hours of professional education courses. The recommended Colonnade mathematics course is either MATH 117 or MATH 118. The required courses are:

SMED 101Step 1: Introduction to Inquiry-Based Approaches to Teaching3
SMED 102Step 2: Introduction to Inquiry-Based Lesson Design3
SMED 310Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
SMED 320Classroom Interactions3
SMED 340Perspectives on Mathematics and Science3
SMED 360Research Methods for Math and Science Teachers3
SMED 470Project-Based Instruction3
SMED 489SMED Student Teaching Seminar3
MGE/SEC 490Student Teaching 110
Total Hours34

Students who wish to be science or mathematics teachers in middle or secondary schools must complete the major in Science and Mathematics Education (SMED), offered in the School of Teacher Education, and at least one content major from the following list (consult the catalog listing for the respective department for information about the requirements for the content majors):

Major/Concentration Department Leading to Teacher Certification in Grades
Middle Grades Mathematics Department of Mathematics Grades 5-9
Middle School Science OCSE Dean’s Office Grades 5-9
Biology Department of Biology Grades 8-12
Chemistry Department of Chemistry Grades 8-12
Mathematics Department of Mathematics Grades 8-12
Physics Department of Physics Grades 8-12