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Biology Education

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 teacher education program 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 a local school division.

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 U.S. states.

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 in their undergrad program, 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 2016-17 program graduates who sought positions in education were employed in PreK-12 education settings and graduated with an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.66. 
  • 100% of program graduates pass the state licensure exams.

Learn more about teacher education at EMU