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Course SummaryTake Microbiology for Teachers to earn 3 college credits to apply toward your licensure renewal requirements. Learn with fun and engaging science video lessons that you can watch around your teaching schedule.
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- Detailed video explanations for wrong answers
How It Works
Earn professional development credits to renew your science teaching license with Microbiology for Teachers. Brush up on microbiology topics so you can better teach health science, biology, and other life sciences. Learn on your own schedule and at your own pace. You can complete this course in under two weeks - perfect for teachers who need to earn science credits in a hurry!
- Watch engaging video lessons about bacteria and viruses.
- Check your knowledge of things like fungal infections and antimicrobial drugs with practice quizzes and exams.
- Ask clarification questions from our expert science instructors.
- Earn 3 college credits by taking the UExcel Microbiology exam.
Always check with your school district or state Department of Education to ensure that the course credits will be accepted before beginning the course. UExcel credits are accepted by over 1,000 schools and directly by many state departments of education.
Who's It For?
Microbiology for Teachers is ideal for any teachers looking to earn credits to use toward licensure renewal. The flexible, self-paced format makes it easy to fit your studies into a busy schedule. The course is fully online, so you can study anytime, anywhere. This course also benefits:
- Biology and health science teachers who want to brush up on microbiology
- Teachers who want to incorporate engaging microbiology videos into their instruction
- Teachers planning a microbiology unit or course
- Aspiring science teachers
Why It Works
- Fun and Engaging: Animations and interesting examples make microbiology easy to learn.
- Expert Instructors: Expert science instructors break difficult concepts down so they are easy to remember.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Quizzes and practice exams let you review microbiology terminology and key concepts and track what you've mastered.
- Quick and Flexible: Learn on your own schedule and on any device. You could earn science credits in less than two weeks.
- Access our full library of professional development courses for teachers, including Nutritional Science for Teachers, Pathophysiology for Teachers, and Natural Sciences for Teachers.
- Find 10,000 engaging lessons that you can use in your classroom or assign out to students.
- Watch more lessons in microbiology as well as chemistry, physics, biology, and other science topics.
- Earn transferable college credit for dozens of courses.
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Course Plan for Earning Credit in Less Than Two Weeks
Follow this course plan if you want to complete Microbiology for Teachers and be ready to earn transferable credit in less than two weeks. For each chapter assignment, take all of the lesson quizzes and the practice chapter exam at the end of each chapter. If you miss any questions, review the video lesson to master the concept.
|Day||Assignment||What You'll Learn|
|Day 1|| Chapter 1|
| Biology Review (double helix structure of DNA, function of enzymes, active and passive transport in cells)|
Microbiology Basics (germ theory of disease, antibiotics and vaccines, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, bacteria, protozoa, fungi)
|Day 2||Chapter 3||Bacterial Biology (bacterial cell walls, bacterial endospores, the bacterial genome, bacterial conjugation, aerobic and anaerobic bacterial metabolism)|
|Day 3|| Chapter 4|
| Microbiology Laboratory Techniques (the Gram stain, bacterial growth and generation time, serial dilution in microbiology)|
Microorganisms and the Environment (nitrogen fixation, bacteria in anaerobic environments, thermophiles, microbial contamination of drinking water)
|Day 4|| Chapter 6|
| The Disease Process (disease control and prevention, differences between infection and disease, symbiotic interactions in disease, the spread of disease)|
Introduction to Viruses (shapes of a virus, life cycle of a virus, classification of viruses, replication of DNA and RNA viruses)
|Day 5|| Chapter 8|
| DNA Viruses (liver cancer and hepatitis B, chickenpox, fifth disease, smallpox)|
RNA Viruses (Lassa virus, the stomach flu, SARS, Ebola, West Nile virus, polio, HIV and AIDS)
|Day 6|| Chapter 10|
| Protozoan Diseases (toxoplasmosis, malaria, sleeping sickness, trichomoniasis)|
Fungal Infections (histoplasmosis, aspergillosis, candidiasis, ringworm)
|Day 7||Chapter 12||Foodborne Illnesses and Bacterial Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract (cavities and tooth decay, botulism, salmonella, E. coli, cholera, dysentery)|
|Day 8|| Chapter 13|
| Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Diseases (chlamydia trachomatis, gonorrhea, syphilis)|
Bloodborne Bacterial Diseases (Lyme disease, spotted fevers, Q fever, plague, toxic shock syndrome)
|Day 9|| Chapter 15|
| Bacterial Diseases of the Respiratory Tract (diphtheria, pertussis, tuberculosis, strep throat, bacterial pneumonia)|
Bacterial Skin and Wound Infections (staph infection, anthrax, tetanus, gangrene)
|Day 10||Chapter 17||Immunology and the Body's Defense Against Pathogens (inflammation, granulocytes, adaptive immunity, the lymphatic system, antibodies, autoimmune diseases)|
|Day 11||Chapter 18||Antimicrobial Drugs (types of antibiotics, penicillin resistance, antimicrobial peptides, antifungal drugs, opportunistic infections from antibiotic usage)|
|Day 12||Chapter 19||Applied Microbiology (lactic acid fermentation, bacteria and mold, bioremediation, microbes and the clothing industry)|
|Day 13||Chapter 20||Sterilization and Antiseptic Techniques (autoclaves, irradiation, gas plasma sterilization, pasteurization, peroxide antiseptics)|
|Day 14||Final Exam||Take the practice final exam to see what you've mastered and make sure you are ready to earn credit for microbiology|
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