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Which college provides the best programs for both science and teaching?

I am interested in both biology and education, so I was wondering which colleges or universities (preferably Northeast) have the best programs for these two careers. #science #teaching #biology #education #ecology #environmental-services #evolutionary-biology #biology-teacher

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James’s Answer

Teacher's colleges such as Columbia University. Research colleges are less designed to handle a full curriculum for aspiring young scientists.

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Sara’s Answer

University of Delaware will allow you to pursue both a teaching degree and science degree seperately, although it's not an easy trek and means summer/winter classes if you still want to graduate on time. If you're really interested in a science career you'd probably benefit more from pursuing the single major at a school with an undergraduate research program. There's such a high demand for science teachers that if you do decide to go that route later many districts will conditionally hire you without an education degree provided you complete an alternative certification program or obtain an M.Ed.

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Erin’s Answer

Hi Sedona!

Are you looking for an undergrad or graduate program?

UConn at Avery Point has a really wonderful program for aspiring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teachers (see link below in next steps) that already have a college degree. My brother is now a chemistry teacher and graduated from this program May 2016. The program took a little over a year and is an accelerated Master's of Education program. He had a wonderful experience in the classes and in his student teaching opportunities that the school found for him.

If you are looking for an undergrad opportunity, UConn also has a good reputation for growing STEM teachers. The school noticed a lack in Connecticut STEM teachers in past years, and has an initiative to develop a skilled workforce in this area.

Best of luck to you!
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Rachel’s Answer

Many colleges provide incredible teaching programs. A few of the best in the nation are Johns Hopkins University, NYU, and UConn

Teaching involves a number of different skills and qualities. I would say the most important are:


  1. People skills - being friendly and working well with others. You will need to be personable, caring, kind, friendly, compassionate, and understanding. These qualities make a great teacher. But you also need to be stern and firm in your directions, rules, and discipline
  2. Public speaking - every day in your class you will need to be able to speak and present information to your students, practice speech, and practice fluency of language and talking in front of others
  3. The subject you plan to teach - become a master of the subject you plan to teach, make sure you know as much as possible and learn as much as you can about the subject you plan to teach. Take as many classes as possible in this subject and learn everything you can about it.
  4. Psychology & Human Development - start reading books and research articles on human development and psych. It will be helpful for you to know how people learn at different stages and the best ways to teach them at these stages (depending on stage of development and schema).


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