Bachelor of Science in Secondary Biology (Grades 6-12)
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The Examination of Life
Unlike stuffier subjects that high school students study, in biology students learn about themselves and the living world around them. As a science teacher you can explain information that’s useful—even crucial—for teens and preteens to know as they blossom into adults. Through you, students can discover the architecture and building blocks of cells, tissue and organs—and even become aware of the physiological dangers of using steroids, drugs, or alcohol.
At Southeastern, you’ll learn to design lessons, dissections, and other labs that deepen your students’ interest and understanding of living, breathing and moving things. Like the subject you’ll be teaching, our approach is hands-on. Through college-level science classes and teaching field studies, you’ll study matter in microscopes and teach students how to do the same. And once you graduate, your skills will be in high demand, for many schools struggle to fill openings for science teachers. Some states, such as Florida, even have programs to reimburse college tuition for students who enter the profession. If God has wired your mind for science, Southeastern can equip you to serve as a teacher and pass on appreciation for the handiwork of the Creator.
The Core and the Craft
Southeastern’s secondary biology education program begins with our Christ-centered liberal arts (general education) core curriculum, where you develop an understanding and appreciation of God and His creation, human creativity and reason, and our place of responsibility as stewards in the world God has made. As you forge links between what you’ve learned in the core and the more specialized courses in your major, our hope is that you also begin to relate all that you learn to your life and your faith.
Within the secondary biology program itself, you’ll obtain an extensive education in instructional methods, class management and assessment as well as study the psychological foundations of learning and the social dimensions of the U.S. public school system. You also will deepen your knowledge of biology by taking courses in human anatomy and physiology, genetics, microbiology, and ecology. Southeastern will arrange for you to spend many hours in local middle and high school classrooms where you will observe topnotch teachers, instruct students and be mentored. Your training will culminate with student teaching, a 14-week assignment to a classroom where you’ll plan and teach lessons and manage and assess learners.