Program Contact: Dr. Wayne Brinda
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Do you want to be a biology teacher? Our biology education major will help you get there. Our program will prepare you to teach you own classroom full of budding biologists.
As a biology education major, you will take all the necessary education and biology courses to prepare you to lead your own classroom. But, it won't be all classroom work. You'll also get a chance to student teach in a middle school or high school.
When you graduate, you'll be prepared to earn your teacher certification. Most of the students in our program seek teacher certification in Pennsylvania or New York.
What you can do with a degree in Biology Education. Suggested 4-year plan of study.
All courses in the major must be completed with a C- or higher and a 3.0 grade point average must be maintained, in the major and overall.
(See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)
Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.
You need to formally apply to be admitted to the teacher certification program after you complete 48 credits.
Requirements for admission include successfully passing the appropriate basic skills assessments, maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA and receiving no lower than a C- in any course required in the major. Three letters of recommendation as well as a Career Goals Statement are part of the application process. Admission to the program does not guarantee certification but the program is designed to help teacher candidates meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements.
For more information about admission requirements, please see the Teacher Education website
Dr. Donna Dombek
Director of Education Program, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Early Level Education
151 Swarts Hall
Dr. Wayne Brinda
Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Secondary Education
150 Swarts Hall
Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo
Assistant Professor of Special Education
149 Swarts Hall
These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.
Teacher at Huntington Learning Center in Newtown Square, PA
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