Why study secondary education in science at Benedictine?

There is a national need for increased numbers of highly qualified STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teachers in grades 6-12. Local needs are focused on chemistry, physics and mathematics.   Between 2012-2022, over 18.5% growth in the need for teachers is expected. Of the nearly 211,000 teaching positions, roughly 80,000 will be in middle school and secondary areas (Illinois Department of Employment Security, 2014).

What are the requirements for secondary education in science?

The student prepares for licensure in Secondary Education by completing an academic major (outside of the education division) and a minor in education. The approved majors for secondary licensure in science at Benedictine University are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Upon completion of the program, students receive high school and middle school endorsements in their major area of study. To further enhance marketability, students are encouraged to pursue endorsements in additional subject areas.

What does a secondary licensure at Benedictine offer?

The Secondary Education program at Benedictine University is a licensure program that complements a major field of study. The program prepares students for a career in teaching at middle school and senior high school levels (6-12) for both public and private schools.

How does the B.E.S.T. Program work with secondary education?

Benedictine University will award 6-7 new undergraduate scholarships ($10,000) each year until 2017 to qualified undergraduates who intend to earn middle school and/or high school teaching certification in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

Other activities supported by this grant include:
  • Paid internships for freshmen and sophomores for early field experiences
  • Mentored teaching assistant opportunities in chemistry and physics
  • Inquiry pedagogy instruction by the Golden Apple Inquiry Science Institute
  • Mentoring during pre-service teaching and during in-service teaching


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William R. Law, Ph.D
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
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