Program Overview

Science is the foundation of modern society. Future growth depends on continued research into how the world works. Countries that can't keep on the cutting edge of scientific research will be left behind. Today's children are tomorrow's scientists,and they need bright, able teachers to lead them to the forefront of the future. If you have a talent for helping others and a love of science, this major may be the right choice for you.

Teaching science is an extremely rewarding career that is also currently a high-demand profession. The science education program at UW-Stout will prepare you to teach science at the middle and secondary school levels. Every student in the program completes at least one major and one minor science teaching certification in broadfield science, biology, chemistry or physics.

Preparing for UW-Stout

As a high school student, you should complete four years of math and one year each of biology, chemistry and physics. College preparatory English and basic computer and communication skills will also be helpful in your preparation for college. We strongly encourage you to pursue instructional experiences like being a tutor, working in study groups and participating in extra-curricular activities involving science or teaching.

Starting Out

Your first semesters in the program include coursework in general education topics such as English, speech and math. You'll also start building your science content core and continue to build expertise in the sciences into your second year. In addition, you'll begin to study the theory and practice of teaching with courses in educational psychology and the foundations of education.

As You Progress

After your first two years, you'll focus on rounding out your scientific knowledge with further courses in the sciences. You'll also develop expertise in teaching theory and practice through coursework and fieldwork in areas of science curriculum and instruction, assessment, classroom management, multiculturalism, and the teaching profession.

Field experiences throughout your program will lead up to a full semester of student teaching in the classroom, working with a cooperating teacher. We encourage you to participate in teaching experiences both within and outside of the program, such as Science Olympiad and science fairs.

Admission Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the University's basic admission requirements, you must also rank in the upper 40 percent of your graduating class or have an ACT composite score of 22 and a mathematics score of 22. If you are a nontraditional or transfer student, the program director will establish criteria for your admission in accordance with freshman standards.

Entry Positions

Science education is a high-demand area. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education, science is classified as a teacher shortage area in the state of Wisconsin and most other states in the United States. In recent years concern over shortages, especially in mathematics and science, has seemed to reach new heights. The inability of schools to adequately staff classrooms with qualified teachers has received widespread coverage in the national media. Learn more here

Graduates of UW-Stout's program in 2015-16 reported a 100 percent employment rate. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average salary for teachers in the United States was $56,383 and the average salary for teachers in Wisconsin was $55,171 in 2012-2013.

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What I enjoy most about the Science Education program is how well it is organized. I feel I know exactly what courses I need to complege and how many credits to have in order to graduate.

Jessica Nicol

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