The Integrated Science (ISCI) Program currently enrolls students who are interested in teaching at the K-8 level. We serve the Greater Grand Rapids Area and most of west Michigan. Our teacher-education program is well respected and recently we have had several requests from our current students and in-service teachers to offer an Integrated Science Secondary major and/or endorsement. In response to this need, we recently applied for and received approval for an Integrated Science Secondary Major and Endorsement (DI-Secondary).
Many of our secondary science majors are interested in teaching science at middle schools. However, even with a major and minor in two science areas they are not considered highly qualified to teach science in seventh and eighth grade. Our goals is to allow students who have declared a science major and minor to complete additional courses for an Integrated Science Secondary endorsement. This endorsement will allow them to teach in the major and minor in grades 7-12 and "Science" courses at the junior high school level (7-8). There is need for teachers with these qualifications in our in local school districts. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will allow teachers with the DI-Secondary endorsement to teach Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics at the secondary level.
Below are a list of links for items related to this program:
Advising Sheet - This document indicates the additional courses candidates will need to complete for a DI secondary endorsement. This assumption is based on a major with its required cognates. The credits may be further reduced if the required courses are completed as part of the teachable minor.
Sequence of Coursework - This document outlines the recommended order courses are completed for each of the disciplines. The courses are all required for DI secondary endorsement and are linked to a sample syllabus for that course.
Approval of Program - This document, from the State of Michigan explains the programs approval.
Program Information - This document illustrates the connection between the DI secondary certification and it's parent program. The requirements and time frame to receive DI secondary certification are included in the document.
For more detailed information about this program please visit: www.gvsu.edu/isci/di_secondary.