High school biology teachers have the opportunity to engage young minds in science as a way of knowing the natural world when they are just beginning to understand the scope of natural systems. Use your Secondary Education BSE in Biology from the University of Central Missouri to inspire a love of discovery and the natural world in generations of students.
UCM will show you how to become a biology teacher who makes a difference in students’ lives. Study how to teach biology using effective educational theory and practice your new skills with extensive time in local schools. At the same time, use the latest teaching technology to support the modern classroom. You’ll be able to give your future students the techniques and tools to transform their curiosity into science inquiry.
Biology teachers from our accredited four-year degree program rise above the norm. You’ll become a science educator who knows what science is, how children learn science and how to teach science effectively. You’ll understand adolescent development and psychology and can adapt lesson plans to meet diverse student needs. Biology teachers from our program energize their classrooms with a “minds-on, hands-on” approach to learning.
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Welcoming and inclusive, UCM provides an outstanding environment for future biology teachers. Our small class sizes allow us to customize content to help you reach your goals. You’ll also develop close mentor relationships with our faculty and work collaboratively with your peers.
After completing this degree, you will be eligible to apply for educator certification in grades 9-12 Biology, as well as unified science certification through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
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The University of Central Missouri’s science education courses provide a balance of minds-on and hands-on learning. You’ll learn how to provide students with this same balance when you teach biology in your own classroom.
Coursework for our Biology Teaching degrees covers educational theory and practice and dives deep into the content area. You’ll also take an array of general arts and sciences classes to ensure you receive a well-rounded undergraduate education.
Over the four-year program, you’ll gradually spend more time doing field work, gaining valuable experience that will build your confidence when it comes time to teach biology on your own.
In your classes, you’ll study topics such as:
Learn how to teach biology in UCM’s supportive environment, rich with opportunities for participation in real-world classrooms. Experience first-hand the difference that a hands-on, minds-on approach makes to the learning process.
Earning your Secondary Education BSE in Biology is the biggest step in how to become a biology teacher in Missouri high schools. The University of Central Missouri’s teaching degrees are designed to prepare you for the final step, applying for educator certification through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
With your BSE and certification, you’ll be fully qualified to teach in any high school science classroom in the state. Biology teachers, with their broad base of scientific understanding and ability to teach a wide range of high school science classes, are often sought out by school districts even before they graduate from UCM.
Some high school biology teachers choose to return to the University of Central Missouri’s respected education program and pursue another degree. UCM’s graduate Biology Teaching degrees position you to be more competitive for a wider array of jobs and open more doors as your career matures.
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At the University of Central Missouri, we believe that Biology Teaching degrees should be affordable for our students. We’ve kept our tuition low and our standards high for 150 years and counting. We award financial aid to over 92% of our students and have been recognized nationally for our commitment to low student debt.
We offer many university-wide options to finance your Biology Teaching degree, such as scholarships, assistantships, awards and grants.
Learn more about scholarships for future biology teachers at the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Leverage your undergraduate education in how to teach biology with graduate studies that can help expand your teaching career opportunities:
If you decide not to teach biology, many other science-related undergraduate programs at UCM are available for your consideration:
You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in this program to:
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
UCM’s Science Education programs are recognized by National Association of Science Teachers (NSTA)