Science Education

Prepare for a Career Influencing Young Scientists

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in science teaching is a program designed for students with an interest in becoming a science teacher — and can be paired with a concentration in Earth and Space Science, Chemistry Teaching, or Biology Teaching.

Science education at Olivet is an integrated effort of the School of Life and Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education. By the time students complete this program, they will know the proper science, understand students, communicate well and have the required teaching experience to teach introductory and advanced science courses at the high school level.

At Olivet, students will learn the best methods, plans and strategies for teaching sciences classes to middle through high school students. Students will complete between 100 to 130 hours of field experiences. Once completed, they will spend 60 supervised days teaching in a real classroom.

Science Education Careers

High school science teacher, middle school science teacher, science coordinator, biology teacher, environmental science teacher, science magnet school teacher, life science teacher, science composite teacher

By the Numbers:

Education at Olivet

pass rate for seniors on edTPA license
of faculty members have taught in PK-12 classrooms
first graduates from new special education teacher training program
education majors, minors and concentrations
Studying Science Education at a Christian College

Specialized Education

From Art to Special Ed, Olivet students choose their area of focus, and spend valuable time as student and with students.

Math in Life

Many elementary, middle school and high school students say that math courses are their most difficult. Olivet math education grads excel in introducing students to the joys of learning.

Mentors and Professors

At Olivet, the classes are kept smaller, to ensure every student experience the one-on-one relationship with their academic mentors.

Tomorrow's Educators

Tomorrow's Educators

The School of Education strives for responsiveness in keeping its programs current. Within the last three years, the Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Middle Grades programs have been revised to meet licensing and hiring requirements. The newest program is the Special Education Teacher Training Program with the first graduates in the Class of 2017.

Special Education Teacher Training Program


Olivet Nazarene University’s Teacher Education Program is a recognized education preparation program by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB).   Each teaching program that is offered at Olivet has been individually approved for licensure, meaning that when a teaching candidate graduates with a teaching degree they will also have earned an Illinois Professional Educators License. The School of Education continues to update existing programs to meet and exceed the Illinois State Board of Education standards and is aligned with the top educational preparation standards in the nation.

Education with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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