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Biology Education

Our program helps you realize your potential as a teacher and pass on your passion for biology. With state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, professors focused on teaching, and small class sizes, you’ll acquire the skills needed to deliver optimum learning experiences for students in changing classroom environments.
Study organisms & investigate the foundations of life

Our labs and instructors are available outside of classroom hours for project-oriented experiments and research engagement.


Cultivate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding you need to be an effective teacher in today’s schools by enrolling in the Teacher Education Program at University of Jamestown.

The program is approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB).

Admission to Teacher Education

Candidates must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to enroll in most education courses. Typically, candidates apply for admission to the program while enrolled in EDUC 201: Introduction to Teaching.

To apply, candidates must complete the application form and submit it to the Teacher Education Department by November 1 for spring admission or April 1 for fall admission. Applications are not reviewed during the summer.



Title (credits)
Educ 100 Praxis Preparation (0)

Calc I (4)(or equivalent)Statistics (3)
Chem 133 General Chemistry I (4)
Chem 134 General Chemistry II (4)

College Physics I (5)

Physics I (5)
Biol 150 Introduction to Biology I (4)
Biol 151 Introduction to Biology II (4)
Biol Biology Electives (9)
Educ 201 Introduction to Teaching (3)
Biol 201 Biology Orientation (1)
Psyc 203 Developmental Psychology (3)
Educ 219 Instructional Media & Technology (2)
Educ 253 Applied Cognitive Theories (3)
Educ 303 Introduction to Teaching Students with Exceptionalities (3)



Invertebrate Zoology (4)

Vertebrate Zoology (4)

Animal Behavior (4)

Ecology (4)


Title (credits)
Biol 305 Cell Biology (5)
Educ 305 Managing & Monitoring the Learning Environment (3)
Educ 306 Multicultural Education (3)
Educ 308 Curriculum & Teaching in Secondary Schools (3)
Educ 310 Reading Methods: Middle & Secondary Schools (3)
Educ 316 Assessment/Evaluation (3)
Chem 343 Organic Chemistry I (4)
Chem 344 Organic Chemistry II (4)
Educ 398 Ted Seminar I (1)
Educ 399 Ted Seminar II (1)
Educ 406 Science Methods: Middle/Secondary School (3)
Biol 425/426 Biology Seminar (2)
Biol 430 Genetics (5)
Biol 442 Evolution (4)
Educ 498 Student Teaching Seminar (1)
Educ 499 Student Teaching (12)

Total Semester Credits Required: 106-107

Satisfactory Progression in Teacher Education

In addition to successfully completing each of the required courses, candidates must meet certain programmatic requirements—including satisfactory performances on Praxis exams, key assessments, dispositional attributes, and field experiences.

Praxis Exams

The state of North Dakota requires passing scores on a series of three ETS Praxis exams. The first exam (Core Academic Skills for Educators) has three components—reading, writing, and mathematics. Candidates will complete this exam prior to admission into Teacher Education.

Candidates will also take Praxis II content exams in their subject area (e.g. Math, P.E., English) and Praxis II pedagogy exams (PLT) in their licensure level (e.g. elementary, secondary). For information about specific exam codes, required scores for passing, and registration information, visit the ETS website.

Candidates are required to complete the Praxis II content exam prior to student teaching. The Praxis II: PLT exam must be taken prior to the completion of student teaching. While candidates are required to complete both the Praxis II Content and PLT exams to complete the program, passing scores are not required for graduation. Passing scores are, however, required to attain licensure in North Dakota.

Field Experiences

Pursuant to Century Code 67.1-02-02-02.1, all teacher education candidates must have classroom-related experiences prior to student teaching. At UJ, these experiences occur early and throughout the Teacher Education program. Candidates must complete at least 110 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. Expectations of candidates in field experiences increase incrementally with each semester in the program. Additionally, field experiences occur in a variety of settings to allow candidates the opportunity to interact with a variety of P-12 students and experience diversity across school environments.

Student Teaching

The final stage of the Teacher Education program is a semester-long student teaching experience in an accredited classroom of the candidate’s licensure area. Application for student teaching must be made one semester before the student teaching semester

Bruce Jensen
    Jeff Stotts
    Jeffrey Stotts, Ed.D.
    Department Chair
    Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
    701-252-3467 ext. 5995
    Committed to helping you succeed — both in and out of the classroom.

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