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Bachelor of Science in Secondary Biology (Grades 6–12)

At Southeastern, you’ll learn how to design lessons, dissections and other labs that will deepen your students’ interest in and understanding of living, breathing and moving organisms. Like the subject you’ll be teaching, our approach is hands-on. The Florida Association of Teacher Educators has selected an SEU senior for its top scholar-teacher award for the past 10 years.Through college-level science classes and teaching field studies, you will examine matter through microscopes and teach students how to do the same. And once you graduate, your skills will be in high demand, as 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 your appreciate for the handiwork of the Creator.

Become state certified (transferable to all 50 states), as well as FLOCS- and ACSI-certified (national and international).

Program Details

51 hours of professional education core
39–41 hours of specialization courses
48 hours of general education
9 hours of reading courses to complete the reading endorsement (optional)

Total credit hours — 147–149, depending on the specialization chosen (includes reading endorsement)

Sample Core Courses

  • Biology I (BIOL 1233) — his course is an overview of cell structure, physiology, genetics, origins, ecology, and classification of living forms.
  • Teaching Biology in Secondary Schools (EDUC 3143) — This course is a study and utilization of the methods on teaching biology in secondary schools. Emphasis is on the use of appropriate strategies, materials, and evaluation techniques. Current issues, approaches, and trends in biology are reviewed.
  • Assessment of Learners (EDUC 3133) — This course focuses on the educational levels and needs of all students, including exceptional, culturally and/or linguistically diverse, and at-risk students. Standardized achievement tests, diagnostic/prescriptive tests and curriculum-based assessments are included. Use of test results in program planning is emphasized.
  • Empowering ESOL Teachers: Overview (EDUC3353) — This course is an overview of curriculum, instructional methods and materials, testing and evaluation, and cross-cultural communication processes and linguistic principles as related to instructing English Language Learners (ELLs) in the K-12 classroom.

Core Courses

Introduction to Education

Field Study I, II and III

Educational Psychology

Content and Instructional Design for Educators

Assessment of Learners

Teaching Biology in Secondary Schools

Empowering ESOL Teachers: Overview

Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

Instructional Technology

Behavior and Classroom Management Secondary

Survey of the Exceptional Learner

Student Teaching

Specialization Requirements

Biology I and II (Plus Labs)

Invertebrate and Vertebrate Diversity (Plus Lab)

Life Origins

Science teacher

Curriculum coordinator

Lab supervisor