Biology Education

Biology Education degree options

The Missouri Southern Biology Department has a long history of training area high school biology teachers. Prospective teachers complete the core curriculum plus additional hours in education and science. Prospective middle school and junior high school teachers also take biology coursework through the department. A strong undergraduate science background is a fundamental component of preparing biology teachers.

Missouri Southern offers three plans to certify biology teachers: unified science certification, biology certification, and alternative certification. The unified science program with a biology emphasis certifies teachers to teach any high school biology course, plus the first courses in high school chemistry, earth science and physics. This 149-151 hour program is the most commonly chosen means of biology certification because of its versatility. Another option is the biology certification program, which involves fewer hours than the unified science certification, but only qualifies the student to teach biology courses.

The newest biology education program is an alternative certification. It is designed for prospective teachers who have a bachelor degree in biology and have experience working in the field, but not teaching experience. The state of Missouri is experiencing a shortage in certified high school biology teachers, and virtually all Missouri Southern graduates obtain teaching positions locally, if desired. For more information about the biology education program at Missouri Southern, contact Mr. Michael Lawson.

Teach biology to 9-12 graders

Missouri Southern State University offers two degree options for students who desire to teach biology:

BSEd in Biology: prepares you to teach biology at the secondary level (9-12). You may become certified in:

  • biology plus another field (Plan A) or
  • biology as a single area of concentration (Plan B)

BSEd in Unified Science, Biology endorsement: prepares you to teach advanced courses in biology and introductory-level courses in biology, chemistry, earth science and physics at the secondary level (grades 9-12).

The Missouri Southern Biology Department has a long history of training area high school biology teachers. Prospective teachers complete the core curriculum plus additional hours in education and science. Prospective middle school and junior high school teachers also take biology coursework through the department. A strong undergraduate science background is a fundamental component of preparing biology teachersMissouri Southern offers three plans to certify biology teachers: unified science certification, biology certification, and alternative certification. The unified science program with a biology emphasis certifies teachers to teach any high school biology course, plus the first courses in high school chemistry, earth science and physics. This 149-151 hour program is the most commonly chosen means of biology certification because of its versatility. Another option is the biology certification program, which involves fewer hours than the unified science certification, but only qualifies the student to teach biology courses. The newest biology education program is an alternative certification. It is designed for prospective teachers who have a bachelor degree in biology and have experience working in the field, but not teaching experience. For specific requirements of these three plans, go to: http://www.mssu.edu/academics/programs/teacher-education.php.

The state of Missouri is experiencing a shortage in certified high school biology teachers, and virtually all Missouri Southern graduates obtain teaching positions locally, if desired.

You may also be interested in: Biology, Secondary Education (9-12), Teacher Education, Unified Science Education

Biology Department

Teacher Education Department

School of Education

Contact:

Dr. Deborah Brown
Department Head, Teacher Education Department
Taylor Hall Room 225
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625-3060

Mike Lawson
Professor, Science Education
Reynolds Hall 317C
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625.9730

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