Secondary Science Education

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The Secondary Science Education Concentration of Vermont State University’s Natural Science degree prepares you for a rewarding career teaching natural science to high school students. Help the next generation of students learn to use science as a framework for making sense of the natural world and addressing its challenges. You'll gain exposure to the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and environmental science while you learn to instill passion for these subjects in your future students.

You must also double-major in Secondary Education in the Education Department to take this concentration. The combined program prepares you for Vermont State licensure with an endorsement in Science. You will also be well prepared to take the General Science Praxis II exam and one of the science subject area Praxis exams. These exams are part of the journey toward becoming a high school science teacher.

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Why Study Secondary Science Education at Vermont State

  • In-Demand Field: The average pay for a high school science teacher is $61,820, and 78,200 jobs are expected to be added through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The need for qualified science teachers in Vermont is especially high.   
  • Small Classes: Our natural science and secondary education professors are experienced and dedicated. You’ll work closely with them on real research projects and explore emerging topics side-by-side in our labs, greenhouses, and field studies. 
  • Licensing Preparation: You’ll graduate ready to take your licensing exam and begin your teaching career. Upon graduation, you will earn a recommendation for a Level I Professional Educator’s License with an endorsement in science issued by the Vermont Agency of Education. This license is required to work as a public-school teacher in Vermont. The license is also is recognized and accepted by all other states who have signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.   
    Our students have an excellent track record of passing the licensure exam. We offer several support services and resources to help you prepare. Graduates of our natural science program are also well prepared to take the general science Praxis II exam and the science subject area Praxis exams.  
  • Transfer-Friendly: This program allows transfer students to apply credits from a range of science courses from other institutions toward this major’s credit requirement. 
  • Learn in Nature: We prioritize out-of-the-classroom experiences. You’ll spend lots of time working in our greenhouses, labs, and natural Vermont ecosystems. You’ll also gain significant classroom teaching experience as an observer and student teacher.