Make a positive impact on our environment and the next generation with a bachelor’s degree in our newly developed teaching - science, biology emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Rooted in research and exploration, the teaching - science, biology emphasis program includes opportunities to test ideas, make discoveries and gain professional teaching experience. Pursuing this degree will certify you to teach any science course, especially biology, in grades 4-12.
Through projects, labs and fieldwork, you'll gain the tools and skills needed to develop successful students. The opportunity to assist teachers in their classrooms throughout your four years — as well as student teach for a full semester — will help you to build your leadership skills, identify your preferred teaching style and discover how to best meet the needs of your learners.
As a UW-Eau Claire teaching - science, biology emphasis major, you'll quickly find that you earn so much more than just a degree. You'll use your knowledge and passion of the sciences to inspire future biologists. Your lessons might motivate students to find cures and vaccines for life-threatening diseases, discover new drought-resistant crops to fight hunger or reestablish a plant or animal species. The possibilities and opportunities are endless with a degree from UW-Eau Claire!
Real-world experience and preparation. UW-Eau Claire's teaching - science, biology emphasis degree program will help you feel prepared to lead a classroom full of young and passionate students. In your sophomore year, you will assist teachers in elementary, middle and secondary school learning environments to become acquainted with the responsibilities of teaching as well as gain a better understanding of how schools are organized. During your junior year, you will receive classroom teaching experience by serving as a Teaching Assistant. As a senior, you will apply your knowledge through a full semester of student teaching or interning.
Travel and service-learning opportunities. UW-Eau Claire provides additional student teaching opportunities in a variety of settings. You might participate in programming at the Aldine School District in Houston, Texas, or choose an intercultural immersion experience in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis or Milwaukee. For students interested in supporting high school students from low-income and first-generation families, UW-Eau Claire hosts an Upward Bound program on campus. Another service-learning option is our Reading Partners program, in which students work directly with a child or family to help improve literacy skills.
Connection to local employers. To help you explore career opportunities and make valuable connections, we host an annual Education Job Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the field of education. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.
Alternative career paths. Earning a teaching - science, biology emphasis degree from UW-Eau Claire offers job possibilities you may not have even thought of. Whether you pursue a career in teaching, developing curriculum or educating at a museum, you'll have the tools you need for a fulfilling career instilling a love of life and biology in others.
Teaching - science, biology emphasis program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
- Biology Club
- Molecular Movement
- Reef Team
- Tri-Beta Society
- Aspiring Educators
Completion of teacher preparation programs at UW-Eau Claire meets licensure requirements in Wisconsin. Our programs may not meet requirements in other states. It is very important that individuals seeking licensure in another state obtain the most recent certification/licensure information directly from the state in which they seek employment. Find contact information on each state licensure office here.
Licensure requirements can change at any time. UW-Eau Claire’s Teacher Education Program Office ensures that our programs meet the requirements for licensure in Wisconsin. If you seek licensure in another state, be aware that their requirements could change at any time.
The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure concerning whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Please note:
- Obtaining a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state is usually helpful and strongly recommended.
- "Meets requirements" means that a student is eligible for a license with stipulations, typically for 1-3 years, in that state. The stipulations are likely to be specific testing requirements and/or competency through a course or examination. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
- Licensure grade levels vary from state to state. Students who are eligible for a specific grade range in Wisconsin may be licensed for a narrower grade range in another state. Each state determines grade ranges for licensing differently.
- State licensure requirements may change at any time. Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas
The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Not Applicable
It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Upon completion of the program, you will be certified to teach any science course in grades 4-12 in a regular education setting, including physics, chemistry, earth/space science and general science — with special expertise and in-depth knowledge of biology specifically.
Where are teaching - science, biology emphasis alumni now?
- Executive director, Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, Wisconsin
- Science teacher, Lake Holcombe School District, Wisconsin
- Science teacher, Altoona School District, Wisconsin
- Science teacher, Manitowoc Public School District, Wisconsin
- Science teacher, Mounds View Public Schools, Minnesota
Teaching - science, biology emphasis careers
- Science teacher
- Curriculum developer
- School administrator
- Biological technician
- Museum educator
UW-Eau Claire sets you up for success through experiential, interactive learning and real-world experience. Courses include opportunities to learn in our exceptional biology facilities and conduct cutting-edge research alongside expert faculty.
What classes do teaching - science, biology emphasis majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Biology of microorganisms
- Conservation of the environment
- Earth science
- General physics
- Global environmental change
Learn more about the teaching science, biology emphasis major in the UWEC course catalog.
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