Biology, Secondary Education with Initial Teacher Licensure Concentration, BA/BS

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Students within our Biology major can pursue initial licensure as high school biology teachers. This program provides students with both a broad introduction to high school teaching and specific instruction in the theory, research and practice of secondary science teaching.

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The Secondary Education Teaching Licensure in Biology program seeks to prepare outstanding educators with a strong foundation in biological content. Students engage in field-based experiences in the school setting supervised by our faculty through on-site pre-practicum experiences coupled with each teaching course and a formal teaching practicum as the capstone experience.

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Fitchburg State University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This program has been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through December 31, 2030. Accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.

Experiential Opportunities


The purpose of the student teaching internship is to provide candidates who have reached the teacher candidacy stage of their academic programs with hands-on experience in an approved school setting. 
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities also increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
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Curriculum and Other Information

Students interested in pursuing initial teacher licensure must apply for formal admission to the program. For information about undergraduate requirements in teacher preparation, see the section titled: Teacher Preparation Programs.

High school biology teaching is a high-demand field seeking qualified, educated graduates. Our program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and boasts graduates working in high schools throughout the region.