Biology Teaching

Biology Teaching

The biology teaching major at UNI – housed within the Department of Biology – combines a broad education in science with UNI’s outstanding teacher preparation program.

Students majoring in biology teaching will take an array of science courses, along with professional education courses and intensive field and student teaching experiences. They have access to scholarships specific to their major, as well as summer research opportunities to work with faculty. In addition, they have opportunities to engage in outreach efforts such as Science Olympiad and STEM@UNI

What sets science education at the University of Northern Iowa apart from every other institution in the state is the fact that classes are taught by science faculty with educational expertise, who work specifically with science teaching majors. In addition, all of the secondary science teaching majors are housed within science departments. This makes for a seamless integration of science content and teaching methods, especially those specific to science teaching and supported by current research.


The biology teaching major is an extended program requiring at least nine semesters, therefore, students should contact their advisors early in their program.  Many of our students find time to add a second endorsement in a related field like chemistry.


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Field Experience

As a biology education major, you will have three field experiences in which you will explore, define and sharpen your skills as a future classroom teacher.  Your teaching experience will be capped off with student teaching which can be done in Iowa, throughout the United States or overseas.

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Educator Prep

Students in UNI’s educator preparation programs acquire more than 700 hours of hands-on classroom experience before graduation. This is done through more than 350 school district partnerships, 9 Iowa student teaching centers, and one out of state & international student teaching center that coordinates all out of state and international student teaching placements.

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Opportunities for Involvement

With more than 500 students, the biology department offers many opportunities to get involved. Join one of the many pre-professional clubs, honors society or student clubs and interact with students that share your interests.


96% of last year's UNI graduates are employed or continuing their education


Biology Teacher

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Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’.

Theresa Spradling​
Department of Biology, Head & Professor
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421
(319) 273-2456
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