QUEST P-3 Certification Program (BS/MAT) - B.S. in Biology

Science Core Requirements (24 credits)

BIOL1251       General Biology I
BIOL1252       General Biology II
BIOL1253       General Biology I Lab
BIOL1254       General Biology I Lab
CHEM1201    General Chemistry I
CHEM1203    General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM1202    General Chemistry II
CHEM1204    General Chemistry Lab II
PHYS2201     Physics Laboratory I
PHYS2202     Physics Laboratory II
PHYS2203     University Physics I
PHYS2204     University Physics II

Major Concentration (31-32 credits)

BIOL2210/BIOL2211     Genetics & Lab
BIOL2250/BIOL2150      Ecology & Field Biology and Lab  (or)
BIOL2300       Experimental Design
BIOL3225/BIOL3226     General Microbiology & Lab
BIOL2237/BIOL2239     Human Structure & Function and Lab
BIOL4240/BIOL4241     Molecular Cell Biology & Lab
BIOL4420     Evolution
BIOL4432     Selected Studies in Biology (or)
BIOL6900/BIOL6901      Biology Seminar I & II 
CHEM3281  Biochemistry I

University Requirements (8 credits)

UNIV1001       Transitioning to University Life
UNIV1002        Preparing for Professional Life
UNIV2001       Cross-cultural Perspectives 
UNIV2002       Global Issues         

Math/Comp Science Requirements (8 credits)

MATH____     Math Sequence (8 credits)

Liberal Art/Humanities/Social Science Requirements (21 credits)

BIOL4405       Ethics in Science
ENWR1101    Academic Writing
ENWR1102    Academic Research & Writing
__________  Humanities Elective
PSYC1103     General Psychology
PSYC2204     Child Development 
SPCH____     Speech/Prof Communication Elective

Elementary Education Courses (31 Credits)

Year 1

EDUC1108   Seminar in Professional Practice I
EDUC2401    Field Experience I

Year 2

EDUC2209   Seminar in Professional Practice II
EDUC2402   Field Experience II
EDUC3309   Seminar in Professional Practice III

Year 3

EDUC3403   Field Experience III
EDUC6818*  Language Development & Literacy I
EDUC6851#  Child Development from Birth to Age Eight
EDUC6853    Family and Community in Education

Year 4

EDUC3404    Field Experience IV
EDUC6820*  Problem-Based Strategies in Elementary Education
EDUC6852*  Curriculum Development & Assessment for the Pre-School to 3rd Grade Classroom

* Graduate Education courses

#QUEST students may take/substitute PSYC 2204 Child Development. If an UG course is substituted, then the QUEST student must add an approved EDUC GR course.

Initial Certification

Students must satisfy all core requirements and specific departmental requirements for their liberal arts/science major in order to be eligible for a baccalaureate degree. Students in the QUEST Program must major in a liberal arts/science discipline and will complete 31 credits as a concentration in early childhood elementary education. Fifteen of the 31 education credits are “dual” credits that count toward the completion of both the BA/BS and the MAT degree. No more than 15 dual credits may be taken as an undergraduate and these are completed during a student’s junior and senior years.  A minimum of 121 credits are required to complete a BA/BS degree. Students who are unable to complete the required courses as undergraduates will complete them in year 5, or additional time, if needed. QUEST students who complete 16 graduate credits in their undergraduate program must complete a minimum of an additional 20 graduate credits (total of 36 graduate credits) to earn their Masters degree. All Students enrolled in QUEST must meet at least annually with their QUEST advisor to plan for and review FDU program requirements as well as state certification requirements. Students who have not taken a biology, hygiene, physiology or substance abuse course must take the State approved Health Examination to fulfill this certification requirement. Prior to Apprenticeship Teaching, a passing score on the Praxis is required.

QUEST Fifth Year Course Outline to Complete P-3 Certification Track (with optional Elementary Certification)
EDUC6575 Apprenticeship Teaching (6)
EDUC6584 Computer as Teacher’s Aide (3)
EDUC6743 Introduction to Students with Disabilities School/Community  (3)
EDUC6825 Apprenticeship Teaching Seminar (2)
EDUC7812 Final Project (2)
Electives per advisor’s recommendation (4)
Note:  Students wishing to also get Elementary Certification must also take: (this will require a minimum of 2 more credits than the single certification and MAT)
EDUC6819 Language Development and Literacy II (3)
EDUC6893 Evaluation and Measurement (3)


During year five, students completing the MAT Degree program may choose electives from one area of specialization, (i.e., ESL, special education, instructional technology); or they may chose from a variety of areas from an approved list subject to approval of the advisor. Students seeking dual teacher certification should focus their electives in a specific certification area in addition to their area of specialization.

Students admitted to QUEST in their sophomore year will begin their education specialization courses at the graduate level in the second semester of their junior year. Eligibility for graduate courses in education in Years 3 & 4 will be based upon the following criteria: 3.0 cum GPA, competencies demonstrated by portfolio assessments, and recommendation of faculty advisor.

In order to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching program in 5 years or less, some students may need to take courses in summer and winter sessions in Years 2-5 depending upon their particular program requirements and approval of their QUEST and Liberal Arts/Science advisors.

QUEST students may attend the study abroad program at FDU Wroxton, England in their junior or senior years. Students admitted to QUEST in their sophomore year should plan to attend Wroxton in their senior year unless an appropriate sequence of courses is planned with the advisor for attendance at Wroxton in their junior year.