Secondary science educators are some of the most sought-after professionals on the job market today. EMU’s program in biology with secondary education licensure prepares students to be both well-prepared scientists, and outstanding educators.
EMU’s department of education is highly respected as one of the top in the state. Students in this program take all the requirements needed for the regular biology major (see biology course catalog) and take classes in education. In their senior year, students do a full semester of student teaching in one of the nearby school districts.
Here is additional information from EMU’s well-known education program:
Secondary Education (Grades 6-12)
Earning your secondary education license to teach involves a double major in education and your content field: biology, chemistry, computer science, English, history and social science, or mathematics.
It also includes one semester of student teaching and many other practicum experiences in schools. And because EMU’s program is approved by NCATE, the national accrediting association, your teaching license for grades 6-12 will be accepted in most of the U.S.
About Teacher Education at EMU
Highest accreditation standards in the nation
Our teacher education program has carried the highest national accreditation standards in the nation for more than 40 years: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). EMU is one of only five private colleges in Virginia to be NCATE-certified!
Here we prepare future teachers who teach boldly in a changing world through an ethic of care and critical reflection. For them, teaching is a calling, an act of service to the world.
Two key characteristics of our teacher education program are: sending future teachers into classrooms early, and reflective practice, which is woven into all education courses at EMU.
Teacher Graduate Success
Employers know EMU teacher education graduates come from a high-quality program. 100% of 2013-14 program graduates who sought teaching positions were employed to teach the following year and graduated with an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.52. 100% of program graduates pass the state licensure exams.
Professors attribute this success to the many various field experiences students have throughout the program; by the fifth week of classes, EMU teacher education students are in the field observing and putting their lessons into practice in classrooms.