The United States Department of Education, for the last six years, has pointed out a national shortage of science teachers, including biology teachers. Source: "Designated Teacher Shortage Areas," Illinois State Board of Education
As a student in GSU biology program, you will encounter the natural world, decipher its codes and understand its complexities. As a student of education, you also learn how to teach valuable skills and understanding to the next generation of scientists, researchers and environmentally aware citizens.
The curriculum for the undergraduate major in biology with a teacher education concentration provides you with a strong background in the basic concepts of molecular, organismic and population biology.
The sequence of coursework is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and leads to an initial secondary certificate in biology. You can also obtain an endorsement for teaching in middle school.
To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching
certificate, you must present evidence of having passed the Test of
Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills), Subject Matter Knowledge
and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois
Certification Testing System.
Program Fact Sheet
Dr. Pam Guimond
Coordinator of Secondary Science