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BS, Teaching Science, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

As an innovative science teacher in the area of biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics, you'll inspire your middle and high school students to take a deeper interest in the world, help them examine and understand natural phenomena, and encourage aptitudes that can lead to careers in science, teaching, or research. Upon graduating you’ll be eligible for initial teaching certification in New York.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Bachelor of Science in Teaching Science, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

Professional Licensure or Certification
Format
Full-time or Part-time
Credits
128
Start Date
Fall
Application Deadlines
Early Decision 1
Regular Decision and Early Decision 2
Internal Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications

You’ll combine liberal arts courses in the humanities and social sciences, core content knowledge in a scientific discipline – biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics – and pedagogical course work focused on:

  • Methods for teaching science and developing curricula for junior and senior high school students
  • Methods for adapting curricula for multicultural urban schools
  • How to apply technology in the teaching and learning of science
  • Instructional techniques and strategies for engaging more women and minorities in science

A Small Program with Constant Feedback

Our program is small, allowing you to have one-on-one academic and professional counseling with our faculty. We also integrate peer feedback and evaluation into the learning process: you will review and critique tapes of your and other students’ teaching sessions in seminars so you can reflect on and develop your teaching techniques. 

Student Teaching in New York City Schools

You will complete extensive fieldwork (100 hours) prior to student teaching for two semesters in New York City public or independent schools selected for their diverse student population. Recent student teaching placements have included Beacon High School, East Side Middle School, Landmark High School, University Neighborhood Middle School, and the Institute for Community Education. Student teaching placements frequently lead to full-time employment upon graduation.

This program leads to eligibility for initial teaching certification in grades 7–12 in New York, and also permits you to teach science to grades 5 and 6.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for careers including: 

  • Teacher of science in middle and high schools, grades 7–12, and in elementary schools, grades 5 and 6
  • Science curriculum specialist, developer, or evaluator
  • Science program coordinator in schools and school districts
  • Science artist and illustrator for children's books
  • Instructor at museums, halls of science, and zoos

Learn more about teacher certification and our degree's accreditation.

Questions 

If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Catherine Milne, PhD and Department Chair, at cem4@nyu.edu.

Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension visit NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.