Science Education at St. Olaf

Are you planning to major in chemistry, physics, or biology?  

Do you love working with youth?  

If so, a future in science education might be right for you.

But don’t take my word for it.  See what St. Olaf science majors say about why they want to teach science and their experiences in the education program.

Thanks to Paulo Gladney for producing this video.

Teacher Licensure

At St. Olaf College, biology, chemistry, and physics majors can become licensed to teach middle or high school science, and/or they can complete an Education Concentration.

Program highlights:

  • Lots of individualized support prepares students to become excellent teachers.
  • Students develop deep content knowledge in their majors.
  • Structured field experiences expose you to real classrooms and students throughout the program.
  • Opportunities for off campus study in Hawaii, India, Chicago, or Arizona.
  • Complete student teaching during your 8th or 9th semester.
  • Support, inspire, and teach youth.
  • Graduate ready to start an impactful career with marketable skills and a teaching license.
    • There is a shortage of Science teachers in many places, so demand is high
    • In MN, Science teachers may be eligible for loan repayment programs
    • It is typically easy to transfer teaching licenses to other states
    • Teacher salaries and benefits may be better than you think; check it out

Overview of Program Requirements (for most licensure programs; please follow the link  and seek advising for more details).

  • Complete a major in physics, chemistry, or biology
  • Take 5.5 credits of education courses, including 1 interim.
    • Many of these courses meet GE requirements: HBS, ORC, and WRI! 
    • Note that the courses required for licensure are different from those required for the Education Concentration.
  • Complete Student Teaching, Senior Seminar, and Human Issues in Education in the same semester.

Students seeking licensure ideally enter the program their sophomore or junior year, although there is room for flexibility.

Questions?  Contact Professor Emily Mohl [mohl], RNS 432, x3984.