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Biology for Secondary Education

Major, Minor

Program Overview

As a biology for secondary education major, you'll become as adept at teaching as you are behind a microscope. This hands-on program prepares you to teach a range of life-science classes to students in grades 6-12.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 34 - 61

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

As biology for secondary education major, you'll join a teacher education program that has been a leader in the field for more than a century. You'll be part of a university classified among the top 5 percent of research institutions in the country.

It's a best-of-both-worlds situation. You'll work with expert faculty who give you hands-on guidance and feedback as you learn to teach, both through observation and practice. In addition to your student teaching, your classes will give you a foundation in pedagogical methods.

At the same time, you'll also take biology classes in a world-class environment. You'll learn advanced techniques on the latest equipment in our microscopy facility. You can even take a class at our biological station on Lake Michigan, where you'll explore habitats such as cedar swamps and sand dunes.

When you graduate, you'll qualify for your Michigan teacher's certificate, and be able to teach biology in grades 6-12.

You'll be prepared to teach classes including:

  • General Biology.
  • Ecology.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Botany.
  • Zoology.
  • Microbiology.
  • Environmental Science.
  • Genetics.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Forensic Science.

Each of our teaching programs has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Program Highlights

As a biology for secondary education major, you can:

  • Sharpen your teaching skills at our Center for Excellence in STEM Education, where you'll work with students from area schools.
  • Spend a semester as a student teacher in the Dominican Republic or rural Florida, where you'll learn to adapt to different cultures.
  • Build your network or give back to the community through one of our student groups, such as the Association for the Education of Young Children or the National Science Teachers Association.

Careers & Outcomes

When you graduate, you'll join thousands of teachers trained by Central Michigan University.

Career Projected Salary
Middle/High School Teacher $61,570
Science Teacher $79,640
Curriculum and Instructional Designer/Developer $63,740