Secondary Education Biology

You have a dedication to science and a desire to share your passion with a new generation. LHU’s renowned programs in the natural sciences and tradition of training great teachers will prepare you to enter the classroom ready to bring the natural world to life for your students.

What You'll Study

Secondary Education Biology

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
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Program Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Facilities:  Faculty deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities.  Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless network when using personally-owned devices.  Students can request technology resources from Stevenson Library, Media Services.

Featured Program Faculty

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Dr. Ralph Harnishfeger
Dr. Jennifer Deitloff
Dr. Shonah Hunter
Dr. Ted Nuttall

Want to Know More?

Secondary Education Coordinator

Dr. Michael Cullin
107 East Campus Science Center, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2813
Dr. Carina Howell, Department of Biology
208 East Campus Science Center, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2369

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