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Science Minor for BSE

Science is a cornerstone of any complete education — for you and for your future students. Adding a minor in Science to your bachelor’s in Secondary Education degree from the University of Central Missouri will enrich your teaching on any subject with a deeper understanding of scientific theory and process.

UCM’s Science minor will also connect you with more education and employment opportunities. Being able to teach science in addition to your primary content area will mean you can instill broad knowledge in your students and add value to school districts eager to hire well-rounded teachers.

Student-centered, supportive environment

Educator training is a UCM specialty. Our diverse, inclusive community values collaborative learning and open discussion. Learn how to become a science teacher with ample support from your faculty mentors, academic advisors and peers.

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Qualify for science teaching jobs

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Part of nationally accredited program

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Student-centered learning

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150+ years of educator training

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Hands-on learning in science

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Excellent education, affordable tuition

What you will study

Add a Science minor to your Secondary Education bachelor’s degree to develop your science teaching skills and learn more about different fields of scientific study. You’ll receive foundational training in how to teach science, with plenty of hands-on time in our fully equipped science labs.

The Science minor’s content area component is designed to be flexible. You can take science classes that make sense in context to your Secondary Education major, whether that means studying wildlife management or thermodynamics.


National Rankings

  • The National Association of Science Teachers (NSTA) recognizes the University of Central Missouri’s Science Education programs. Graduating from an NSTA-certified degree program gives future employers and graduate schools confidence that you have the knowledge and training to teach science in a modern classroom.
  • UCM is Missouri’s longest continuously accredited public institution by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). We know what it takes to prepare you for a successful career in education.
  • Ranked in the top 15% of 2022 Most Focused Colleges for Education by College Factual.
  • Ranked in the top 6% of the 2022 Most Popular Colleges for Education by College Factual.
  • Ranked among the 2022 Most Popular Colleges for Teacher Education by College Factual.
  • Ranked in the top 10% as a 2021 Best Value in Education by College Factual.


Unique learning opportunities for Science minors

The best way to learn how to become a science teacher is by teaching science. Our Secondary Education degree program puts you in front of real students to turn theory into action. 

  • Applied learning: With your Science minor, you’ll get dedicated time to put your developing science teacher skills into practice.
  • Classroom experience: Practice teaching science in local public schools, as well as university settings. This hands-on education prepares you to teach science courses on your own with confidence.


What you can do with a Science Education minor from UCM?

The ability to teach middle or high school science classes is greatly sought after by Missouri schools. UCM graduates of the Secondary Education program with Science minors enjoy nearly 100% employment rates.

Learn more about science teacher careers 

Use the interactive tool below to explore data on career paths, salaries and employment trends for middle and high school science teachers in Missouri.




Financial assistance options for your Secondary Education degree

Your Secondary Education degree with a minor in Science should prepare you for your future, not weigh you down. The University of Central Missouri has been nationally recognized for our commitment to low student debt. 

Your UCM degree represents a great value, combining a high-quality education with low tuition rates. To further support you, we have many financial aid resources available, including scholarships, grants, loans and more.

You can learn more about what scholarships you may qualify for as an undergraduate student with a Science minor at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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If becoming a high school science teacher appeals to you, you may want to consider a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in a specific scientific content area.



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)


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