Science Education Practicum
Participate in clinical practice experiences throughout your program, including visiting local schools to observe and practice teaching in real classrooms, leading to your own student teaching experience.
Students from various academic departments, including teaching majors in life science, participate in a range of interdisciplinary immersive learning programs. You might work to develop a children’s book with Dr. McConnell’s Conservation Tales Conservation Tales project or Dr. Robinson-Hill’s Training Future Science Ambassador program that provides students a stipend for summer research experiences. Students can also select from numerous other projects offered throughout the university.
View Current Immersive Learning Opportunities
Class sizes are small enough to ensure you get the individual attention you need from professors with extensive experience teaching science in the K-12 setting.
Opportunities To Get Involved
If you’re interested in lab or field research, the program offers electives for research with biology faculty. You might also choose a study abroad trip to conduct field investigations in places like Belize, South Africa, Costa Rica, or the Atlantic coast. Departmental organizations within biology and the pre-health professions give you a chance to dive deeper into your favorite biology topics, and we welcome your involvement in science education as a science fair judge or volunteer in an environmental education program.
Our Collaboration with Teachers College
As a student in our secondary education program, you’ll benefit from experiences and expertise of your home department, taking courses in content and content pedagogy—the methods and practices for teaching specific content—and learning from experts in the field of your chosen teaching major. In Teachers College, you’ll explore other important aspects of teaching and interact with teaching majors in other disciplines. Learn more about the Teachers College.
Participate in Teacher Scholars Program
This allows students to participate in a campus-wide one-semester long program that engages undergraduate student researchers in 5 hours/week of research or a creative endeavor with their mentor. Learn more.