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The University offers a bachelor of science (BS) in science education.
The Science Education Program prepares students for licensure to teach in middle school, junior high, and high school. The program leads to teaching licensure in one or more of the following areas: biology, chemistry, earth space science, physics, or middle school science.
Science Education is an interdisciplinary program. The program contains three components:
Science education students receive extensive experience teaching in classroom settings, and participate in practical experiences at the middle school and high school levels.
Students in the program have multiple opportunities to participate in a range of volunteer or internship experiences. Some of these include participating as an undergraduate research assistant, a student leader of outreach projects such as the Bat Festival, a mentor in the ISU Summer Science Camp, or a science fair judge.
Students may become members of the Indiana Student Education Association, a social and professional organization for tomorrow’s teachers. Together with the support of other local, state, and national chapters, the organization provides opportunities for professional development as an outstanding teacher.
Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad programs—which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.
There is a critical need for science teachers in middle and high schools—both in Indiana and throughout the United States. The job placement rate for science education graduates is excellent.
In addition to finding employment as teachers, our graduates may find jobs as informal educators in science centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, or cooperative extension centers. Further graduate work in the field of education may open the door to careers in school administration or science curriculum design.
In addition, the Science Education Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and Indiana State Board of Education.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Center for Science Education offers a number of scholarships for high-achieving students.
The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.