Science Teaching (B.S./B.A.)

FAST FACTS ›

  • We are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
  • We offer both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in science teaching.
  • Our 72-day student teaching internship exceeds the state’s certification requirements for student teaching by 12 days.
  • Our students exceed 100 hours of field-based experience prior to beginning student teaching.
ABOUT.

Unlock the puzzles of science with bright young minds by majoring in science teaching. We offer the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in science teaching. The B.A. prepares you to teach the biological sciences, chemistry and earth sciences to students in grades 9-12. With this program’s dual-major B.A. option, you can earn a dual major in science teaching and your content area in four years. The B.S. program prepares you to teach the biological sciences, earth sciences or physical sciences in grades 9-12. Both programs provide early and diversified field experiences that will help you sharpen your skills, and you’ll learn from top-level faculty who are recognized for their excellence in teaching.

CLASSES.

What you'll study:

Field experiences and clinical practice allow you to apply knowledge, skills and dispositions in many settings, and you can work with students from different ethnic, racial, gender and socioeconomic groups. These early and ongoing school-based opportunities allow you to observe, assist, tutor, instruct or conduct applied research. These experiences extend the South Carolina Assisting, Developing and Evaluating Professional Teaching performance standards into practice in school settings.

Physical Sciences Teaching Area (B.S.): Students will typically teach physical science, chemistry or physics. 

Biological Sciences Teaching Area (B.A. and B.S.): Students will typically teach biology, but depending on the school offerings, you may also be able to teach elective life science classes.

Chemistry Teaching Area (B.A.): Students will typically teach physical science or chemistry. 

Physics Teaching Area (B.A.): Students will typically teach physical science or physics. 

Double Major/Biological Sciences (B.A.): You can double major in science teaching and biological sciences. This program will prepare you to teach science on the secondary school level and pursue graduate studies in any of the life science areas.

Curriculum:

Popular Minors:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

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BEYOND THE CLASSROOM.

The Eugene T. Moore School of Education is committed to providing all students with purposeful, challenging and diverse experiences. It is through a range of carefully constructed, challenging and classroom-based instruction and field-based experiences that students recognize the inherent dignity and value of all individuals, promote equity in education and advocate on behalf of children, families and communities.

Internships and Research Projects:

RESEARCH:
The Inquiry in Motion Institute seeks to improve the motivation, potential and achievement of students and teachers using rigorous learning experiences. This research gives Clemson students strategies for improving student performance.
CEIMS:
Clemson hosts the Center of Excellence for Inquiry in Math and Science, which seeks to increase the number of highly qualified middle school math and science teachers, plus confidence and competence of in-service middle school teachers.

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CAREERS.

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Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

  • Gaffney High School, S.C. — Science Teacher
  • Dorman High School, S.C. — Science Teacher
  • West Ashley High School, S.C. — Science Teacher

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • Clemson University — Master’s
  • University of South Carolina — Master’s
  • College of Charleston — Master’s 

Common Career Areas**

  • Most graduates go on to teach in the state and region while some continue with graduate education.

  • High School (9th-12th)
    • Teaching
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FIND OUT MORE.

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Jeff C. Marshall,
Science Education Associate Professor — marsha9@clemson.edu