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I Want to Teach Biology

For students who want to teach high school biology we offer a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Secondary Education Track.

This degree is similar to an undergraduate Biology degree but without the organic chemistry requirement and with the addition of 36 hours of required courses for teacher certification.

In addition to our undergraduate program, there are alternate routes to biology secondary education certification at the University of North Georgia (UNG). The Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teacher Certification program allows those with an undergraduate degree to earn their initial teacher certification and the Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for individuals who possess degrees in majors other than education and wish to become initially certified in teaching fields comparable to their undergraduate degrees. (The MAT certification with a concentration in Secondary Education – Biology is not available at UNG).

Post-Baccalaureate: For information regarding alternate routes to certification, check out the Georgia Professional Standards Commission,

UNG Teacher Education Program Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:

  1. Complete 80 semester hours of credit with an overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher;
  2. Complete EDUC 2110, 2120, and EDUC 2130 with a grade of "C" or better;
  3. Complete all courses in Area A of the core curriculum with a grade of "C" or better;
  4. Complete a Plan of study;
  5. Post a passing score on the GACE Program Admissions test or its equivalent (you may exempt the test if you can provide proof of a SAT Critical Reading & Match combined score of 1000 or higher OR an ACT English & Math combined score of 43 or higher);
  6. Complete an application for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Application deadline is posted on the department Web page;
  7. Agree to request a criminal background check.

UNG Teacher Education Core Advisement

Areas A-E of the core are no different for Teacher Education students than they are for students in other programs, except that middle grades math and science students must follow the area A and D requirements for mathematics and science. The UNG undergraduate catalog outlines requirements and acceptable courses for those areas.

Area F is unique to each major. In the secondary programs, students must complete area F for their major in addition to Integrating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education (EDUC 2110), SocioCultural Diversity in Education (EDUC 2120) and Explore Learning and Teaching (EDUC 2130)

Biology Education Advisors:


Dahlonega Campus:

Ms. Kelly West

Gainesville Campus:

Dr. Jeanelle Morgan

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