BA Secondary Education- Biology

University Campus

School districts across the country need qualified biology teachers who can make this fundamental and challenging subject accessible to all students at the secondary school level. Saint Leo University prepares you to meet that demand.

Why choose Secondary Education - Biology at Saint Leo?

Build a foundation in biology, and learn innovative methods to teach these subjects to middle and secondary school students.

Accumulate more than 800 hours of field experience by the end of your senior year—almost double the hours recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. By the time you graduate, you’ll be well equipped to command a classroom of your own as a certified science teacher.

In 2011, Saint Leo’s Education department was named a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award. And, according to a recent survey, between 92-98% of school principals who've had a Saint Leo graduate as a first-year teacher at their school report that they'd provide a positive recommendation for rehiring.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Trigonometry
  • Biological Principles
  • Chemistry
  • Comprehensive ESOL Strategies
  • Educational Technology
  • Teaching the Adolescent Learner
  • Classroom Management
  • Ecology
  • Evolution

Professional development opportunities

  • Florida Teacher Certification: Secondary Education majors are eligible to receive certification to teach grades 6-12 in your area of specialization—Biology
  • Student teaching: Hone your skills through no less than four field placements, including teaching fulltime in a secondary school one semester your senior year.
  • Professional seminar: Prepare yourself for the job market: Create your resume, meet with school district representatives to learn about the application process, participate in mock interviews with school principals and district administrators.
  • 21st century classroom: Discover how to enhance learning with technologies such as iPads, the MimioVote™ assessment system, interactive SMART boards and teleconferencing across the world.
  • Conferences: Attend at least one professional conference before graduation, such as the Florida Council for Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Co-curricular activities: Participate in the math club and Future Teachers Association, and become an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society for Educators.

What can you do with a degree in Secondary Education - Biology?

Graduates are qualified to obtain teaching certification for grades 6-12. Possible job routes include:

  • Math Teacher
  • Algebra Teacher
  • Geometric Teacher
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Biology Teacher
  • Tutor

Where are Saint Leo Secondary Education grads now?

Our students find success as certified teachers in school districts around Florida and outside of the state, thanks to interstate agreements between the Florida Department of Education and many states.

Saint Leo graduates often assume leadership positions in their schools—as team leaders and department chairs—within three to four years of employment. Many Saint Leo graduates have been recognized as Teachers of the Year for their schools and even their entire school districts.

Student resources

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You may declare the Secondary Education major when you begin coursework at Saint Leo University. However, to be formally admitted to the program, you must complete a major application once you fulfill general education requirements.

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