Prepare Future STEM Professionals. Teach.
The need for STEM professionals extends to teachers, and demand continues to grow in public and private schools across the nation. This program prepares you for a career as a life science teacher for grades 7-12 by providing a comprehensive overview of living organisms from the molecular level through life cycles, adaptations and complex ecosystems. After graduation, you'll have the privilege of sharing your knowledge in the classroom with your students. The next generation of STEM innovation and discovery is in your hands.
As a biological sciences-secondary certification student, you will be able to channel your knowledge directly into a classroom environment with a required residency at a public school. Learn not only from faculty and staff but also from real teachers and their students.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018
This course introduces the professional body of knowledge necessary for effective STEM teaching. You will present lessons that you have collaboratively planned with your instructor, colleagues and mentors. Preparation will include classroom management, curriculum, lesson design, teaching models, learning in diverse environments and modifying lessons for learners with dyslexia. You will earn a Promethean Tutorial Certificate documenting your instructional technology competence.
This course includes middle school field experiences. You will develop competence with questioning strategies and two teaching models. You will also use formative assessment data, including student artifacts, to revise initial lesson plans and further differentiate instruction. You will continue your progress toward digital fluency while earning a Prezi Tutorial Certificate indicating your instructional technology competence. Your lesson plans will include modifications for learners with attention deficits.
This course offers an experiential component in which you will design and implement curriculum and model the use of several classroom assessment techniques. You will use cutting-edge technologies for creating and assessing lessons. Emphasis is placed on the alignment of curriculum, instruction and testing. You will achieve knowledge and skills by observing and assisting middle/secondary public school teachers in classroom situations.
Undergraduate Program Costs
Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.