Science Education

Are you interested in helping others to better understand science? Whether you envision your future in K-12 teaching, Teach for America, environmental education, science policy, college or graduate level education, or another related field, we have classes for you!

The secondary science education program consists of two science specific education courses (listed below). In these courses you will learn about: common misconceptions about science content, students’ science learning, lesson planning to support student understanding, and have opportunities to observe teaching in a variety of disciplines and levels. If you don’t envision yourself working in high schools, and are not pursuing a teaching license, we can arrange for observations and projects in other contexts.

Science education courses include:

EDU 354/654 – Secondary Science Pedagogy

EDU 354L/654L – Secondary Science Pedagogy Lab

Please contact Dr Sarah Fick if you are interested in… environmental education, study abroad opportunities, or if you are interested in pursuing other topics or courses related to science education, to discuss opportunities for independent study.

Undergraduate – Science Education Minor

At the undergraduate level, prospective secondary science teachers major in the science and minor in Education. The minor includes: EDU 201, EDU 201L, EDU 311, EDU 311L, EDU 307, EDU 354, EDU 354L, EDU 364L, and EDU 365. These courses are generally taken during the following time periods:

Lower-DivisionSenior FallSenior Spring









  • Bold courses are science specific.

Licensure Information

For those interested in getting a teaching license (grades 9-12 in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) student teaching requires one full semester of your time. So start planning early to student teach during your senior spring, or stay for a one year master’s degree (generous scholarships are available!). The Licensure minor is 30 hours and leads to a North Carolina teaching license, which is reciprocal in 38 states. See the licensure page for information. The list of states with whom we have reciprocity is here.

To pursue a teaching license in the Sciences, the following course requirements need to be met:

The following are the content courses required for completing the undergraduate minor.  The same or equivalent courses are required for admission to the Master’s program.

  • Licensure in the individual fields of science: biology (34 hours), chemistry (34.5 to 35.5 hours for BA), and physics (25 hours).  All courses must be from the same courses required for majors in those fields.

Graduate – MAEd Science Education Licensure

At the graduate level, students complete the teacher licensure program in 13 months, including a semester of student teaching in a local high school. Generous scholarships (academic- and need-based) are available to all qualified students. For more information about the master’s program, see the graduate programs page.

Science Coordinator: Dr. Sarah Fick