Create opportunities for middle and high school students to engage with science and
expand their knowledge and critical reasoning skills.
High school and middle school students need science teachers who are passionate about
science and enthusiastic about teaching. By earning a bachelor’s degree in science
education, you'll graduate ready to teach science to middle and secondary school students.
The University of North Dakota offers the most comprehensive teacher education program
in the state. Our program graduates teachers who enter classrooms in North Dakota,
Minnesota and across the nation. By earning a bachelor’s degree in science education, you'll receive a broad preparation
in biology, chemistry, physics and earth science.
Prospective science teachers may choose between two paths.
You may pursue a double major with a B.S. in a science such as biology or chemistry
and a B.S.Ed. in secondary education.
Alternatively, the B.S.Ed. with major in Science offers an even distribution of course
work across the sciences, including 24 credits from your preferred science discipline.
The B.S.Ed. in composite science education program is ideal for students interested
in serving in rural areas where they may be required to teach a variety of science
content and courses.
On graduation, you'll work with faculty to obtain the appropriate teaching license
The Teacher Education program connects you with local volunteer opportunities at area
schools, adding to teaching experience, building your resume and creating professional
Join the largest pre-professional association for students entering teaching. Student
North Dakota United (SNDU) is affiliated with the National Education Association,
the largest professional teacher organization in the U.S.
You'll be eligible for scholarships through the College of Education & Human Development.
As a future science teacher you may also qualify for state and federal funding to
help offset the cost of your degree.
Gain a global perspective on education by studying abroad. Students recently have
completed student teaching in Australia and Ireland.
Specialize in biology, chemistry, physics or earth science.
What can you do with a science education degree?
U.S. states, including North Dakota, that reported science teacher shortages in public
Graduates of UND's science education program are in high demand due to an acute shortage
of science teachers in grades 7-12. Job prospects look favorable for graduates who
receive their teaching license for grades 5-12 in North Dakota.
Career opportunities are abundant in the region and in most places of the United States.
Since 2003, North Dakota has listed secondary science on the nationwide teacher shortage
area list. Science was declared a critical shortage area by the North Dakota Department
of Public Instruction Education Standards and Practices Board.
Rural school districts as well as large cities, sorely need quality science teachers.
You are likely to have many choices selecting an employer that fits your geographic
Science Education Degree Courses
T&L 400. Methods and Materials. 3 Credits.
Various teaching methods and strategies and the materials used in teaching in a subject area. (Some Methods and Materials courses carry an academic department prefix and number. The number of methods courses required by a department may vary. Consult with an adviser.) Some offered F only; some F,S. See adviser. Prerequisites: T&L 250 and T&L 345, and admission to the Teacher Education program. Corequisites: T&L 486. Repeatable to 18.00 credits. F,S.
T&L 401. School Safety Science. 1 Credit.
Prepares students to plan for and communicate about a wide variety of classroom and laboratory safety issues. Health and safety issues are examined for the classroom teacher and the students in all science courses, including electrical safety, biological safety, chemical use, storage and disposal, legal issues, liability reduction and cost control are also addressed in detail. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: T&L 400. F.
T&L 345. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. 3 Credits.
A general curriculum development and instruction course designed for the undergraduate pre-service middle school and/or secondary teacher across all disciplines. It introduces and provides practice in planning, multiple instructional strategies, and methods of formal and informal assessment. It considers the impact of historical foundations, teaching philosophy, discipline standards, knowledge of diverse learners and special needs, and technology on curriculum development. Prerequisites: T&L 250. F,S.
T&L 350. Development and Education of the Adolescent. 3 Credits.
A comprehensive examination of the characteristics and behavior of the adolescent student with implications for curriculum and instruction in the junior/middle and high schools. Topics covered will be transition from childhood to adolescence, including cognitive development, self-concept, physiological changes, social needs and values, and values and attitudes of adolescents. This course will provide an understanding of the wide range of differences in developmental patterns of children and the influences of economic, sociological and psychological factors in development. An additional 10 hour field experience is required for the course. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program and T&L 250. F.
T&L 433. Multicultural Education. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to implement a multicultural approach to teaching and learning by examining how race, ethnicity, and culture influence students' experiences in schools. This course's content provides teacher candidates with the knowledge and concepts they need to enhance their understanding of socio-cultural consciousness through culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy. Teacher candidates will understand how to develop appropriate, informed, and sensitive responses to the rich diversity (gender, sexuality, exceptionality, age, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, race, language, and culture) of student learners in the classroom as a pathway to be inclusive. This course explores immigration and refugees' issues and examines cultural assumptions, implicit biases, attitudes, and values that shape our perceptions and predicate our actions. This exploration prepares teacher candidates to create spaces in their learning environments where all learners are supported through acknowledgment of multiple identities, funds of knowledge, and experiences to surface and interrupt oppression. This multicultural course highlights the effects of settler colonialism on Native Peoples. This course will help students to learn about the American Indian Reservations in North Dakota: The history, language, school settings, population, tribal governments, sovereignty laws, and early education for North Dakota's Native Peoples. Note: course requires you to complete 10 hours of field experience working with students from diverse backgrounds. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program. F,S,SS.
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