Perhaps you had a fantastic science teacher in middle or high school who inspired you to explore and gain knowledge. And perhaps now you hear a calling to carry on that passion and inspiration to the next generation of knowledge-seekers.
Lakeland's Science Education program is designed for future middle school and high school teachers who have a specific interest in Science.
"It's a program that incorporates the in-depth study of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences," says Greg Smith, Associate Professor of Biology. "This breadth of study earns students certification from the Department of Public Instruction state governing body of education."
Armed with the Department of Public Instruction certification, along with an Education Degree, you will be a strong candidate to teach integrated science courses at middle and high school levels.
Graduates with Broad Field Science certification can teach across the science spectrum. Lakeland students can also attach Biology and Chemistry certifications to their Education majors, further strengthening their candidacy for teaching positions.
"Graduates with this type of certification often teach combinations of classes that other teachers can't," says Smith. "These teachers are ideally suited to teach those integrated science courses."
If you know you want to become a teacher, and you know you want to teach science, the Science Education major is an ideal way to reach your goal!
At Lakeland, learning is a hands-on process. This is especially true for the study of science, which involves students using several impressive pieces of equipment. Being able to properly use this equipment is critical to becoming a strong teacher for others.
"We've got some top-of-the-line microscopes with fluorescence and microscopy," says Smith. "We have a DNA sequencer. We've got analytical chemistry tools. We've got a lot of pieces. And we let our undergraduates use them. At the bigger institutions, if you're an undergraduate, the closest you're going to get to touching state-of-the-art scientific equipment is dusting it."
"The ability to, during your sophomore or junior year, get your hands on a $50,000 or $100,000 piece of equipment, is pretty powerful."
Lakeland University's Cooperative Education program will provides students with 12-18 months of full-time work experience - allowing them to earn academic credit for their work. A combination of scholarships and wages will significantly reduce or eliminate post-graduation debt.