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Share your passion for biology. Become a certified grade 6-12 teacher while earning your biology degree at UWF. This one-of-a-kind program is a collaboration between the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering and the College of Education and Professional Studies. You'll graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in your chosen math or science field along with professional teacher certification.

Why Study Biology at UWF?

In just four years, our program will provide you with a degree in biology plus a Florida professional teacher certification. You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to teach students in grades 6-12 with diverse learning needs.

Coursework includes core biology courses, education classes and practical teaching experiences. You will be prepared to teach marine biology, anatomy and physiology, environmental science or comprehensive science.

In addition, professional teaching certification gives you versatility in career options.

What You Will Learn

You will study biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, ecology and more. You will also take general education classes and a variety of teacher training courses.

Field experiences are built into the curriculum, and you will receive coaching every step of the way from experienced teaching mentors.

Summer internships can provide a starting stipend of $1,250. Juniors and seniors are eligible for generous scholarships.

The UWF-Teach program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. CAEP is the only national accreditor for educator preparation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Careers & Outcomes

Nearly all of our graduates secure a teaching position upon graduation. Most graduates are hired by one of three local districts: Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa.

Job Titles

  • Public School Teacher (6-12)
  • Private School Teacher (6-12)
  • International School Teacher (6-12)

Program Details

The UWF-Teach program is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through Spring 2025. CAEP is the only CHEA- recognized national accreditor for educator preparation.

Accreditation Information

Funding for this program was provided by the NSF Recruiting Impassioned STEM Educators (RISE) grant under award number 1660615.

Eighteen STEM majors receive funding for the cost of attending UWF—up to $20,500 per year—during their junior and senior years.

In exchange, they commit to teach for two years in a high-need school district for each year of scholarship.

To qualify, you must be enrolled in a UWF-Teach major as a junior or senior, hold a minimum GPA of 2.75, receive a minimum grade of C- in selected education courses and submit two letters of recommendation.

Is teaching for you? Take "Exploring Inquiry Teaching," a course for students interested in exploring teaching careers in science or math. When you successfully complete the course and the accompanying survey, you will receive $200, whether or not you pursue teaching.

Graduation requirements include a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a passing score on all Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) by department deadlines in order to be admitted to student teaching. The FTCE tests are: 1. General Knowledge, 2. Professional Knowledge and 3. Biology 6-12.

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Biology program.

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