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Secondary Education (Biological Sciences)

Prepare to teach biology to learners in grades 6 –12. Coursework paired with internships and residencies will allow you to obtain teacher certification after graduation and start a career in a high-demand specialty in education.

 

Program description

The BAE in secondary education with a concentration in biology prepares students to educate learners in grades 6 –12. Aligned with strong content knowledge of biological sciences, this program also focuses on integrating technology into teaching and provides the professional experience needed to develop teaching skills that lead to success in the classroom. 

Extensive professional experiences are built into this program to prepare students to enter the teaching profession after graduation. Graduates will complete internships prior to a full-time teaching residency. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has developed a distinctive approach to teacher-preparation, which includes student participation in internships and residencies while receiving guidance and support from faculty members and highly qualified certified teachers. Professional experiences are designed to prepare graduates to work with mutually supportive colleagues to address the academic and social-emotional needs of learners.

Graduates from this program earn a bachelor's degree in their content area and will receive an institutional recommendation from ASU that is recognized by the Arizona Department of Education for teacher certification in Secondary Education, 6–12. To be eligible for secondary certification in Arizona, students must also earn a passing score on the professional knowledge exam offered through the National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments. This program may also lead to licensure in other states. Learn more about professional licensure.

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At a glance: program locations

Polytechnic campus

Tempe campus

West campus

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This degree qualifies you for an Arizona educator certification in:

Secondary Education, 6–12

You may be required to pass exams required by the state. Learn more from the Arizona Department of Education.

This program may also lead to licensure in other states. Learn more


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Career outlook

Graduates of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College are highly sought out teachers in public, charter and private education institutions. The demand for well-prepared secondary teachers is strong, particularly in the areas of math and science. Job opportunities in a fast growing state such as Arizona are numerous.

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

  • College Program Director
  • Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
  • High School Teacher
  • Instructional Specialist
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • School Principal
  • Tutor

Program contact information

If you have questions related to admission, please fill out the request information form and an admission specialist will contact you directly. For questions regarding faculty or courses, please use the contact information below.

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Admission requirements

Students are required to meet all applicable ASU admission requirements for first-year studentstransfer students or international students

As a transfer student, you can ensure a positive experience by signing up for an ASU transfer pathway program. Find your path to ASU