Why Study Biology Teacher Education?
The United States Department of Education, for the last six years, has pointed out a national shortage of science teachers, including biology teachers. Source: "Designated Teacher Shortage Areas," Illinois State Board of Education
As a student in GSU biology program, you will encounter the natural world, decipher its codes and understand its complexities. As a student of education, you also learn how to teach valuable skills and understanding to the next generation of scientists, researchers and environmentally aware citizens.
The curriculum for the undergraduate major in biology with a teacher education concentration provides you with a strong background in the basic concepts of molecular, organismic and population biology.
The sequence of coursework is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and leads to an initial secondary certificate in biology. You can also obtain an endorsement for teaching in middle school.
To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching certificate, you must present evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills), Subject Matter Knowledge and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Certification Testing System.
Program Fact Sheet
Please see the Student Handbook in Secondary Education and Secondary Education Programs in Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics page for additional information.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Pam Guimond
Coordinator of Secondary Science