Secondary Education: Biology

Secondary Education: Biology

Hollins University - Roanoke, VA

  • BS

Find a role model. Become one. As we mature, we think about the teachers who have inspired us to think, to question, to reason, and to create. Good teachers are as varied as the methods they use, but they have common characteristics. Not only are they competent and qualified in their fields, but they are caring individuals as well. They want to make a difference in the lives of others, and they never stop learning themselves. The Hollins program Education courses emphasize content knowledge, principles of effective teaching and learning, and specific skills. Not only will you learn more about art, history, math, science, and other disciplines, but you'll also learn how to present these subjects to children in ways that engage them and encourage their interest in learning. Meeting licensure requirements Because no college or university in Virginia offers a major in education, students seeking teacher licensure major in a liberal arts or sciences discipline and take a sequence of education courses. When you graduate from Hollins, you'll be prepared to meet licensure requirements in Virginia as well as every other state. Hollins was the first graduate program in the Roanoke Valley to allow college graduates in the liberal arts to earn teaching licensure and a master of arts in teaching at the same time. Students may seek endorsements in: Elementary education (prek-6) Secondary education biology (6-12) chemistry (6-12) English (6-12) French (prek-12) Spanish (prek-12) Latin (prek-12) history and social sciences (6-12) mathematics (6-12) choral music (prek-12) physics (6-12) visual arts (prek-12) TEAC accreditation Hollins University's teacher education program has earned accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) until March 2015. This accreditation certifies that the faculty members of Hollins' Education Department have provided evidence that undergraduate and graduate licensure programs adhere to TEAC's rigorous quality principles. Student teaching: Putting learning into practice Student teaching is a challenging experience, almost a full-time job. You'll find yourself face-to-face with people from widely differing backgrounds, with widely divergent abilities and interests. You'll have pupils who depend on the quality of your work and the enthusiasm you bring to it. As a student teacher, you'll spend 35 hours a week in the classroom and countless hours outside the classroom preparing. You'll also meet regularly in a seminar with education department faculty to talk over concerns, to share experiences, and to strengthen your teaching skills. Four public school systems are located just minutes from campus by car, and Hollins has excellent working relationships with these area schools.

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