Why Study Biology Teacher Education?

Quick Facts

General Education Requirements:
46 hours
Required Courses: 88 hours
Total: 134 hours

Full Program Requirements

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

Developing Expertise
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.

Outstanding Preparation
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

Student Handbook

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
Education Programs
708.534.4546
pguimond@govst.edu

Full Program Requirements

Full Program Requirements

You can find the complete guide to graduation requirements for your degree in our catalog.

Program Faculty

Program Faculty

Our favorable faculty-student ratios ensure lots of individual attention from our dedicated faculty members.

How to Apply

How to Apply

If you are ready to take the next step, you can create an account and apply here, or simply request more information about the programs of your choice.

Cost and Financial Aid

Cost and Financial Aid

Our tuition estimator helps you calculate your cost of attendance. Our Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping you find ways to fund your education.

Scholarships

Scholarships

At GSU, many scholarships are available and can make your education even more affordable!

All Academic Programs

All Academic Programs

We offer many options for undergraduate degrees and minors, and even several 5-year programs that lead to completion of a Masters degree as well!

Student Life

Student Life

Student Clubs and Organizations at Governors State University enrich your educational experience, allowing you to gain and hone skills applicable to the classroom and life beyond. Click here to explore additional student resources.

On-campus Residence

On-campus Residence

Prairie Place, our on-campus housing, provides many options to accommodate the needs of our diverse student population.

Campus Location

Campus Location

If you have been wondering, "Where is Governors State University?" Learn more about our campus, and get directions to come visit us or take a virtual tour!

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