Why Choose Biology Education?
Biology teachers guide students in discovering the marvelous logic, efficient simplicity and the design behind a myriad of complex events in nature. The technological revolution has added an infectious new excitement to the lessons of biology. Biology education today provides access to new knowledge, helping people understand how things happen in the natural and physical environment.
The employment outlook for biology education students is excellent. Graduates are prepared to teach in high schools and also have the necessary basic preparation to enter a career in industry or pursue an advanced degree in science. One semester of directed teaching at the secondary level is required. A teaching minor is also required.
Biology education is a four-year curriculum that may be selected as a major. A teaching minor also is required. You cannot have a biology teaching minor with this teaching major. Successful completion of the program leads to recommendation for a Michigan secondary provisional certificate. The program is designed to take full advantage of the unusual, hands-on Ferris instructional capabilities in developing both teaching and subject matter competency. Students receive the broad background in classroom, laboratory and field training essential to be effective teachers.
High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.
Teacher Certification Requirements
As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) pass the Michigan Basic Skills Test, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.
The biology education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates must complete all of FSU's general education, biology, and education requirements. Professional education requirements include a semester of directed student teaching. Consult individual program description for other graduation requirements.
A 2.50 GPA is required for succesful completion of the Biology major.
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