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Biology Education


The B.S. Ed. in Biology Education prepares highly qualified teachers of biology once all degree requirements and assessments are passed. Students have an exceptional program of professional preparation including field experiences, theory and pedagogy courses. The major in biology is well rounded helping teachers develop a strong foundation of biological knowledge. Once initial certification is obtained, additional areas of science may be added by passing the Missouri Content Assessment exams, as of present. Science teachers are in high demand across most of the United States and particularly in Missouri. Because of this there are forgiveness programs for different types of Federal loans in return for teaching science in a high needs school district (most in Missouri). In addition, students may be eligible to participate in the TEACH grant program which can pay up to $16,000 in college costs over four years and has a similar loan forgiveness program. Be sure to consult the financial aid office for details.

What You'll Do

  • Have substantial and increasingly challenging experiences in schools before student teaching
  • Learn up-to-date techniques for teaching in the sciences
  • Know how to differentiate instruction so all students succeed
  • Develop a strong knowledge of biology
  • Be prepared to integrate technology in teaching

What You'll Study

  • BI 163 Evolution & Ecology
  • BI 310 General Microbiology
  • SE 350 Pedagogy 1: Principles of Effective Teaching
  • PY 222 Development of the Adolescent

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Internships & Career Opportunities

Employment at schools in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Oran, Kelly, Arcadia Valley, Farmington, Fredericktown, Sikeston, Dexter, Ste. Genevieve, Cuba, Sullivan, Scott County Central, Puxico, Ellington, Florida, Herculaneum, Perryville, Richland, St. Louis area, Windsor, Caledonia, Advance, Desoto, Kansas City, Rockwood, North City, South Iron County, California, Charleston, Portageville, St. Vincent’s, Cape Career Center, Shawnee, AnnaJonesboro. Most had secured positions by graduation.

Graduate School Opportunities

Graduate Schools: Southeast Missouri State – MNS in biology or science education; University of MissouriPh.D.; University of Miami, Ohio – Ph.D.


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