Leading the future through top-notch teacher prep

The University of Northern Iowa has a nationally-acclaimed teacher preparation program, and our science education program is no different.

As a Biology Teaching major, you’ll learn effective curriculum planning, best teaching methods and you’ll gain hundreds of hours of classroom teaching experience before you graduate – preparing you to be a leader inside and outside of the classroom.

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Top Ranked

UNI is home to a top ranked teacher preparation program, known around the Midwest for excellence.

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Excellent Teacher
Preparation

You’ll take courses through our award-winning College of Education, and will complete 750 hours of classroom teaching experience.

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Endorsements

Convenient for students to complete Endorsements in other Science disciplines to be more marketable to school districts.

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Department of Biology
University of Northern Iowa
144 McCollum Science Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421

Phone: (319) 273-2561
Email: theresa.spradling@uni.edu

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Becoming a Teacher

What’s the process?

Begin major content: Start building your foundation in your chosen area of teaching​.

  • First field experience: Spend 30 hours working with PK-12 students to get a closer look at teaching as a career​.
  • Get admitted to teacher education: Apply to the UNI Teacher Education Program after declaring your major, completing initial course credit – then celebrate at the induction ceremony! 
  • More courses and more field experience: Gain knowledge, responsibility and experience as you teach your first lessons during 25 hours of Level 2 field experiences in local schools, followed by up to a full week immersion in Level 3.​
  • Student teach: It all comes together in your final semester of 16 weeks of student teaching in Iowa, nationally, even internationally.
  • Graduate, and get your license to teach: Get your diploma, and we’ll assist you through the licensure process with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

Teach Iowa Scholar Program

Biology teachers are in high demand! Because of this, biology teachers may qualify for the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program. 

This grant provides grants of up to $4,000 per year and up to $20,000 over a five year period for those teaching in a high-demand field. Experienced Financial Aid Officers assist students with applying for the grant.

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Undergraduate Research

Nearly half of all UNI Biology students choose to participate in undergraduate research. Working side by side with professors, our students are conducting innovative research that spans everything from studying how people learn and teach best, to endangered species, or tracking disease progression – furthering the field of science. About half of biology faculty journal publications include student coauthors – giving our students an opportunity to publish their work all before graduation.

The best part about my experience has been the professors. All of them have been great teachers, passionate about helping students, and in general kind and caring people. As a teacher, I hope to only share the passion I have for science with my students, but hopefully inspire them to pursue their passions as well.

Sydney Foster
Recent Graduate