BE A VOICE OF REASON FOR GOD IN THE CLASSROOM. Science teachers are in high demand. As a Biology with Secondary Education Licensure major, you will be equipped with a fundamental understanding of the world around you, the ability to think in a critical and God-honoring way, and the skills to pass on this knowledge to your students.
You will have the option to take courses toward the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) endorsement, which allows candidates to teach special education in grades 9-12 or 6-12, the grade levels they will be licensed to teach in Illinois.
As a Biology with Secondary Education Licensure major, you will complete over 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. As part of your coursework, you will gain experience in both middle and high school classes in a variety of diverse settings.
Major requirements total 98 hours. This includes 28 hours of required biology courses, 15 hours of chemistry, 7 hours of supporting science coursework, 4 hours in stats, and 44 hours in professional ED coursework.
You’ll take courses such as:
|REQUIRED BIOLOGY COURSES|
|BIO 111||General Biology||4 hours|
|BIO 112||Biology: Plant and Animal Kingdoms||4 hours|
|BIO 310||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I||4 hours|
|BIO 340||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4 hours|
|BIO 341||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4 hours|
|CH 320||Biochemistry||3 hours|
|ELECTIVE BIOLOGY COURSES|
|Choose two of the following:||8 hours|
|BIO 420||Cell and Molecular Biology|
|BIO 430||Developmental Biology|
|SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIRED COURSES|
|CH 111||General Chemistry I||4 hours|
|CH 112||General Chemistry II||4 hours|
|CH 203||Essentials of Organic Biochemistry||4 hours|
|PHY 111||General Physics I||4 hours|
|MA 285X||Statistics||4 hours|
|PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES|
|ED 101||Introduction to Teaching||2 hours|
|ED 103||Professional Skills for Teachers||1 hour|
|ED 240||Foundations of Education||2 hours|
|ED 260X||Educational Psychology/Human Developmental||3 hours|
|ED 306||Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum||3 hours|
|ED 310||General Teaching Methods||2 hours|
|ED 311||General Teaching Methods Pre-Clinical Experience||1 hour|
|ED 330||Introduction to Special Education||3 hours|
|ED 361||Teaching Biology in the Secondary School||3 hours|
|ED 368||Secondary Methods Pre-Clinical Experience||2 hours|
|ED 380||Diversity in Education||1 hour|
|ED 381||Diversity Pre-Clinical Experience||1 hour|
|ED 413||Clinical Practice in the Secondary School||12 hours|
|ED 421||Classroom Management||1 hour|
|ED 422||Advanced Seminar in Education||2 hours|
|ED 430||Educational Research & Assessment||2 hours|
|PSY 337||Psychology of Adolescence||3 hours|
The Golden Apple Scholars program identifies talented high school seniors, and first and second-year college students, who will commit to teach in high-need schools. The program provides scholarship assistance and a paid summer institute where students receive classroom experience and professional mentoring.
|High School Biology Teacher||Laboratory Administrator|
|School Administrator||Science Advisor|
|Environmental Conservationist||Research Scientist|
|Quality Control Specialist||Laboratory Technician|
|*Some options may require an advanced degree.|
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