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High School Biology Teacher

High School Biology Teacher

Those with a broad knowledge of life science, strong interpersonal and decision-making skills, and an understanding of human development can become high school biology teachers. To prepare for this career, a student should have four years each of science and mathematics coursework, pursue outside interests in science and nature, and spend considerable time working with young people.

Biology teachers work independently and with others to select the material to be taught, apply effective teaching methods for conveying that material to adolescents, and evaluate students' knowledge of the subject. Responsible for the production of scientifically literate citizens and future scientists, they should be able to inspire and instruct.

Teaching generally requires a bachelor of science degree in biology and an additional year of college preparation to learn how students acquire knowledge as well as ways that are effective for promoting learning. Once prepared, individuals seek approval from the state's certifying body, which will attest that the candidate has met the content and pedagogical requirements to teach biology to high school students. Having a criminal-free background, completing a period of supervised practice teaching, and passing a licensure exam are among the requirements. Certified teachers are employed by public school districts and private schools throughout the state of licensure.

see also College Professor

Karynne L. M. Kleine


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