How would you like to help kids uncover some of life’s great
mysteries? With every experiment, nature walk and lab
demonstration, you make science real and fun. Best of all, you get
to show students how they can use science to change the world for
Learn innovative methods to teach the biological, earth and
physical sciences to middle school students. Create lesson plans
that foster curiosity and inquiry—and try them out in the classroom
as a student teacher.
Accumulate more than 800 hours of field experience by the end of
your senior year—almost double the hours recommended by the
American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. By the time
you graduate, you’ll be well equipped to command a classroom of
your own as a certified science teacher.
In 2011, Saint Leo’s Education department was named a national
finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award.
And, according to a recent survey, between 92-98% of school
principals who've had a Saint Leo graduate as a first-year teacher
at their school report that they'd provide a positive
recommendation for rehiring.
View the suggested
course schedule for the Science specialization.
Graduates are qualified to obtain teaching certification for
grades 5-9. Possible job routes include:
Our students find success as certified teachers in school
districts around Florida and outside of the state, thanks to
interstate agreements between the Florida Department of Education
and many states.
Saint Leo graduates often assume leadership positions in their
schools—as team leaders and department chairs—within three to four
years of employment. Many Saint Leo graduates have been recognized
as Teachers of the Year for their schools and even their entire
View current Education student resources,
including information on internships, lesson plans and more.
Start your career now. Visit our Admission page.
You may declare the Middle Grades Education major when you begin
coursework at Saint Leo University. However, to be formally
admitted to the program, you must complete an application once you
fulfill general education requirements.