Science Education

We offer many opportunities for professional training of science teachers. Students can pursue an invidiual licensure area or enhance their repertoire by combining two licensure areas to teach science in grades 5-12 with a Natural Science major and Secondary Education minor. All science education programs include both foundational coursework as well as a student teaching experience.

What You’ll Gain

At the completion of this program, students will have accomplished:  

  • 100+ hours of field experiences
  • An additional 600 hours during 16 weeks of student teaching
  • A program approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board 
  • Opportunities for leadership through partnerships between CSB/SJU and local school(s) during Discover Your Future, exposure to robotics and 3-D printing


Interested in the courses that this program includes? Explore coursework of our various Science Education programs:

  • General Science, grades 5-8
  • Chemistry Major & Secondary Education Minor, grades 9-12
  • Physics Major & Secondary Education Minor, grades 9-12
  • Biology Major & Secondary Education Minor, grades 9-12
  • Natural Science Major & Secondary Education Minor, grades 5-12

Admission to Science Education

Interested in the Science Education program? Learn about the application process to the department and how to prepare.

Seeking Licensure

For students pursuing a Minnesota teaching license in Science Education, Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations are also required. Students must complete the following exams:

For grades 9-12 Chemistry Education:

For grades 9-12 Life Science Education:

For grades 9-12 Physics Education:

For grades 5-12 Natural Science Education:

  • Pedagogy:  Secondary
  • Content: Teacher candidates will take one of the above content exams according to their licensure track in the Natural Science major.
  • Teacher candidates pursuing 5-12 licensure will also need to complete Middle Level Science, grades 5-8

For a 5-8 Middle Level Science endorsement to an Elementary Education K-6 teaching license, please see the Elementary Education program.

For more information regarding licensing, please see Apply for Licensure. Additional questions regarding licensing can be directed to the Program Coordinator. Teacher candidates are reminded of MTLEs prior to student teaching and receive instructions on the application to their license near the completion of their student teaching experience. It is recommended that teacher candidates complete the MTLEs for their applicable license just prior to student teaching. Spring student teachers should be especially proactive in registering early for these examinations.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Leah VanOverbeke
Department Coordinator