Jun 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biology and Secondary Education B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science major in Biology combined with a minor in Secondary Education is the basis for a career as a high school biology teacher.  Students who aspire to teach high school biology also take a series of education courses in the secondary education minor, and successfully complete a semester of student teaching in their senior year.

This course of study has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as high school teachers.  Students from other states should work with their secondary education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states.

Students need to pass the Praxis series (I and II), which is required for state certification in elementary and secondary education.  All students in education programs must pass Praxis I prior to student teaching.

A grade of “C” or above is requiered for all education courses.  A student receiving a grade below “C” will be required to retake the course.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to explain biological phenomena and concepts in oral, written and visual formats that reflect standards and professionalism
  2. Students will be able to independently propose scientific question, design and execute experimental procedures, and collect and organize data sets
  3. Students will be able to search and evaluate the scientific literature
  4. Students will be able to critically analyze and solve quantitative and conceptual questions
  5. Students will be able to apply scientific method to answer hypothesis-driven questions.
  6. Students will be able to methodically interpret scientific data sets and propose conclusions clearly and effectively.


The purpose of the Education Program at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is to provide quality teacher preparation programs to qualified students while upholding the mission set forth by the college. Graduates of the Saint Joseph’s College Teacher Education Programs will be able to demonstrate their abilities in three areas:


Content Literacy related to appropriate general and professional     knowledge specific to individual disciplines.
Technological Literacy related to state-of-the-art technologies employed to strengthen performance in all personal and professional areas.
Cultural Literacy related to today’s diverse learners. This encompasses the behavioral knowledge, skills and abilities needed to effectively enable all learners to achieve. 


Instructional Strategies related to teaching effectiveness, learning outcomes and assessments. This includes skillful and varied methodology with diverse learners incorporating problem solving, critical thinking, and reflection.
Management Strategies related to the curriculum and the orchestration of the learning environment. This includes facilitating classroom dynamics that model fairness and respect. 


 Leadership Strategies related to personal and professional conduct. This includes professional development and a demonstrated commitment to continuous personal advancement.
 Effective Strategies related to modeling acceptance and collaboration.  This includes recognition of self and student worth, and the importance of fostering social, emotional, moral, and spiritual growth.

The outcomes adhere to the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards.


The following are strongly suggested for endorsement in Physical Science Secondary Education:

Core Curriculum:

In addition, all students must fulfill the college’s core curriculum  requirements and meet the 120 credit graduation requirement.  The First Year Experience (FYE) Seminar  is a requirement for all first-year students.


Students are requested to schedule curriculum plans with faculty advisors in Biology and Secondary Education.

This program meets the certification requirements for Maine.  Students planning to seek certification in other states are encouraged to determine any additional certification requirements.

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