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STEM Teaching Majors - High School

High school teachers provide one of the primary avenues for students to develop interests in STEM-related subjects. Becomming a STEM teacher also opens doors in teaching careers nationwide as there is an extreme need for teachers in these fields.

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at EKU offers a number of STEM teaching degrees for students interested in being high school teachers (certified grades 8-12). Our degrees in science and mathematics teaching provide a foundation in the chosen subject areas and when coupled with required education courses in the College of Education, provide students with the strong background to become a successful STEM teacher.

If you already have teacher certification in a STEM field and would like to expand your teaching possibilities, consider a minor in one of our many STEM teaching minors.

For more information on the teaching degree for you, click on the buttons below.


Biology

Chemistry

Earth Science

Mathematics

Physics


Biology Teaching

Everyone needs to understand some biology! We are living things. We interact with, depend upon, are attacked and parasitized by living things. We need to understand living systems, from the very tiny (such as viruses and bacteria) to ourselves to systems of millions of living things (such as a forest ecosystem or an ocean ecosystem).

There is a shortage of science teachers at the High School level. We need teachers who are committed to helping students indulge their curiosity  and discover truths about the natural world!

The EKU Biology/Teaching degree program includes a solid core of biology courses which includes Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Genetics, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, and Human Physiology.

If you are receiving your teaching degree in another field, consider receiving your teaching certification for a biology minor.  This must be coupled with a secondary teaching certificate in another discipline to qualify students to teach biology at the secondary level.

For a complete list of courses you will need for this degree, check out our Biology Teaching Curriculum Planner.

If you have questions about becoming a biology teacher or receiving your Teaching Certification for Biology Minor, contact Dr. Bill Staddon in the Department of Biological Sciences or Dr. Krista Adams in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


Chemistry

Are you interested in teaching high school chemistry? STEM teachers are in high demand across Kentucky and the nation. Receiving a certification in chemistry teaching can open doors to a lifelong career anywhere in the nation. 

The Department of Chemistry offers a B.S. degree in Chemistry with a teaching concentration that will allow you to become certified to teach high school chemistry. For a complete list of required courses and your path to a chemistry teaching degree, check out our Chemistry Teaching.

Already have a teaching certificate in science or mathematics?  By adding a chemistry teaching minor you can become certified to teach chemistry along with your current certification.

For more information about the chemistry teaching degree, contact Dr. Judy Jenkins in the Department of Chemistry, Sonja Yow or Dr. Krista Adams in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


Earth Science

Students that are interested in adding a second certification area to their teaching major might be interested in a minor in Earth Science teaching. The minor includes coursework in the four areas of earth science: geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Class sizes in the courses in this minor are small and the nature of the courses is interactive. Students work closely with faculty in laboratory and field settings.

For more information on earning a minor in Earth Science teaching, contact Melissa Dieckmann in the Department of Geosciences or Sonja Yow or Dr. Krista Adams in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


Mathematics Teaching

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Mathematics Teaching. This concentration is designed to provide students with the mathematics foundation needed to teach mathematics in high schools. A course in secondary education methods and a semester of student teaching give a smooth transition from coursework to workforce, which translates to a high job placement rate upon graduation.

Students may also get involved in extracurricular activities by becoming a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon, NCTM, and/or KCTM. Additionally, students are prepared to begin work in the Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics degree at EKU.

For a complete list of courses you will need for this degree, check out our Mathematics Teaching.

For more information on earning your teaching degree in Mathematics, contact Dr. Margaret Yoder in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics or Sonja Yow or Dr. Krista Adams in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  For middle school math, you can also contact Richard Day in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


Physics

The U.S. is currently experiencing a critical shortage of high school physics teachers. Teaching high school physics can be extremely rewarding for teachers as well as students.  It involves creating excitement and involvement for students and helping them explore and understand how the physical world works and how to connect complex ideas.

Physics is a gateway to many careers in science, engineering and medicine and good high school physics teachers can help students gain the confidence they need to be successful.

For a complete list of courses you will need for this degree, check out our Physics Teaching.

For more information on earning your teaching degree in Physics, contact Jing Wang or Jessica Lair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or Sonja Yow or Dr. Krista Adams in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.