Students majoring in this program follow the guidelines of the National Science Teachers Association take a biology core and supporting science, computer and mathematics courses. Students majoring in this program will be prepared to teach Biology and a selected minor at the secondary level.
System-wide General Education Requirement (30 Credits)
* May be repeated provided student does not enroll in the same topics courses. One credit Biology special topics offering may not be combined to substitute for a required or elective three-or-four credit Biology course.
Teacher candidates complete a yearlong residency / student teaching capstone experience during the final two semesters prior to graduation. Placements are made in districts with which the College of Education has a formal partnership and whose personnel are trained in the co-teaching model. Out-of-area placements are not granted for the yearlong residency / student teaching experience. Requirements for licensure vary from one state to another. If you are interested in professional licensue, please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice. The US Department of Education link will help you learn more about certification in your state.
Students planning to teach outside South Dakota are encouraged to take