The Biology Major with Secondary Education Licensure is designed to prepare students to meet the ever-expanding need for qualified science teachers. The major emphasizes communication as well as quantitative and analytical thinking skills. It also fosters in tomorrow's teachers an aesthetic appreciation of the natural world and a deeper understanding of God as He is revealed in his creation. Graduates are eligible for an Illinois Professional Educator License at the high school level (grades 9-12). An endorsement in middle grades (5-8) may be added with minimal additional coursework; contact the Division of Education for information.
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology Secondary Education will be able to:
- display thorough content knowledge to teach in their respective fields
- plan, deliver and assess effective instructional experiences that align with learning standards, educational theory, and knowledge of student development
Additional Licensure Requirements
Candidates must pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency, the appropriate content area test(s), the teacher performance assessment (edTPA), and all required licensure tests in order to complete their program. Candidates are required to comply with all state requirements that are in place at the time of application for licensure. Consult the Division of Education for specific information.
Optional Additional Endorsement
A candidate may earn the Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement (an addition to the teaching license) by completing ED 330, ED 352, ED 353, and ED 354, and passing the appropriate Illinois Licensure Testing System exam. Earning this additional endorsement may be a good investment of elective credit hours for interested candidates, since LBS1 is currently a teaching shortage area throughout the state of Illinois.
Important Note: Students may not double major in Biology/Secondary Education and Middle Grades Science Education. The middle grades major is a subset of the Biology/Secondary Education major.
Major requirements total 95 hours. This includes 23 hours of required Biology courses, 8 hours of Biology electives, 20 hours of supplemental courses, and 44 hours of professional education and required supporting courses.
|Required Biology Courses|
|BIO 111||General Biology||4|
|BIO 112||Biology: Plant and Animal Kingdoms||4|
|BIO 340||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIO 341||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|Elective Biology Courses|
|Select two of the following:||8|
|Cell and Molecular Biology|
|Supplemental Required Courses|
|CH 111||General Chemistry I||4|
|CH 112||General Chemistry II||4|
|CH 203||Essentials of Organic Biochemistry||4|
|PHY 111||General Physics I||4|
|Professional Education Courses|
|ED 101||Introduction to Teaching||2|
|ED 103||Professional Skills for Teachers||1|
|ED 240||Foundations of Education||2|
|ED 260X||Educational Psychology/Human Development||3|
|ED 306||Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum||3|
|ED 310||General Teaching Methods||2|
|ED 311||General Teaching Methods Pre-Clinical Experience||1|
|ED 330||Introduction to Special Education||3|
|ED 361||Teaching Biology in Secondary School||3|
|ED 368||Secondary Methods Pre-clinical Experience||2|
|ED 380||Diversity in Education||1|
|ED 381||Diversity Pre-clinical Experience||1|
|ED 413||Clinical Practice in the Secondary School||12|
|ED 421||Classroom Management||1|
|ED 422||Advanced Seminar in Education||2|
|ED 430||Educational Research and Assessment||2|
|PSY 337||Psychology of Adolescence||3|