Biology Teacher

Biology teachers instruct secondary school students in the fundamentals of biology at both private and public schools.



Biology teachers develop engaging curricula, including lab experiments and other scientific investigations; present lessons; and evaluate student performance. High school biology teachers also set and enforce guidelines for classroom behavior and arrange parent-teacher conferences when needed. In addition to teaching, high school biology teachers can work as field biologists or curriculum specialists.

Depending upon the expectations of the employing school, additional research, supervisory, or organizational duties might also be required of a chemistry teacher. Biology teachers are generally expected to participate in ongoing professional development and to stay informed about developments in their field.


Educational Requirements

High school biology teachers typically have a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with an education emphasis or minor. Courses in a biology program, with an education emphasis, might include math, chemistry, teaching methods and physics. Public high school biology teachers must be licensed by the state in which they teach. Private schools might not require licensure.


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