What You'll Study
LHU’s degree program in Secondary Education Biology leads to Pennsylvania certification to teach biology and life science to students in grades 7-12. Our nationally accredited program offers an effective blend of biology content, teacher training, and numerous field experiences. Topics covered include:
- Introductory and Advanced topics in Biology
- Methods of Teaching Middle and High School Science
- Adolescent Development & Educational Psychology
- Classroom Management & Special Education
At LHU you will have the option to dual major in special education as part of your secondary education coursework. This dual degree will prepare you for the education job market and help you to meet the needs of today’s dynamic classroom environment. Topics covered include:
- Communication Disorders and Assistive Technology
- Literacy Skills for Students with Disabilities
- Foundations of Special Education
- Certification: Completion of the BSEd in Secondary Education – Biology degree at LHU leads to your positive recommendation to the Pennsylvania Department of Education when you apply for certification. The Level I certificate qualifies you to teach Biology at the high school level and Biological Science at the middle and high school level.
- Accreditation: Accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Council for Accreditation of Education Providers (CAEP), in part through the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
- Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
- Blocked Classes: The Secondary Education programs at LHU offer two “blocked” groupings of courses in the method and practice of teaching. One of them is typically scheduled in the sophomore year and the other in the senior year. Each block includes a subject-specific “methods” course where prospective teachers learn about curriculum, assessment, and technology in addition to methods for teaching in the various content areas.
- Student Teaching: LHU’s education curriculum will give you the opportunity to student teach at two different sites. You will likely have a choice of urban, rural, or suburban schools. You may student teach abroad at any of our partner universities.
- Careers: As a graduate of LHU’s secondary education program, you will be prepared to teach
Biology in middle, junior, and senior high schools in grades 7-12. Demand for secondary
education teachers with a dual degree in special education remains strong throughout
the country, particularly in rural and inner city districts.
From 2014 to 2024, a significant number of older teachers will reach retirement age. Their retirement will create job openings for new teachers. Many schools report that they have difficulty filling teaching positions for certain subjects, including math, science (especially chemistry and physics), English as a second language, and special education.