Illinois Science Teaching Certification

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The National Science Teachers Association has given national recognition to our secondary science education program at Wheaton.

Wheaton College has been given accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Science Teachers Association. This helps ensure that Wheaton graduates will be awarded certification in any state they chose.

In coordination with the Education Department, Biology majors can meet the requirements for teacher certification at the elementary and secondary level.

Requirements for teacher licensure by the State of Illinois in biology are met by completing 26 hours of courses in biology consisting of BIOL 241, 242, 243, 252, 494 and 8 hours of 300-level lab classes that must include at least one course from BIOL 356, BIOL 362 or BIOL 364. Additionally, 24 hours of supporting courses must be completed consisting of CHEM 231, CHEM 232, CHEM 241, GEOL 201 or GEOL 211 or GEOL 221; PHYS 221; ASTR 301 or ASTR 302; and SCI 321.

A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is available with a Biology major. A Combined Bachelor's/M.A.T. program may be completed in five years and one summer. This combined Bachelor's and Master's program is only available to currently enrolled students. Please visit the Education Department here at Wheaton College, Masters of Arts in Teaching page for more information. Also visit the Science Teacher Education page for secondary education certification in science.

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