Natural Science Education

The UW-Stevens Point Natural Science for Science Teaching Certification program is one of the first within the University of Wisconsin System to address the new science grades 4-12 license program. Of critical importance, this program addresses the need for qualified science teachers in school districts across the state.
Students in the natural science major take course work from a core set of science courses, select a minor (chemistry, biology, physics or earth and space sciences) in one of those disciplines and a certificate (chemistry, biology, physics, earth and space sciences or environmental sciences) in an additional field of science. This broad array of science coursework provides ample knowledge to teach any science discipline but also allows students to focus on an area of emphasis. 

Praised for its program outcomes, graduation and retention rates, advising services, student organization opportunities and vast program options, UW-Stevens Point was ranked second in the U.S. on’s Best Colleges for Education Majors list.

Explore Career Opportunities in Natural Science Education

UW-Stevens Point graduates in the School of Education typically have some of the highest placement rates of full-time teaching jobs within their first year after graduation across the UW System.​ For example, more than 90 percent of our recent science education graduates have been hired within one year of graduation. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Get Involved on Campus

Through volunteer opportunities and varied professional development opportunities, you’ll be an active learner closely involved in real-world situations designed to ensure your professional success.

Our students are academically engaged, highly motivated and actively involved at the local, state, national and international levels. Student organizations are vital to your pre-professional experiences. As such, the School of Education sponsors the following organizations: Aspiring Educators, Association for the Education of Young Children, Kappa Delta Pi and Student Council for Exceptional Children. In addition, science departments in the College of Letters and Science offer similar opportunities to get involved with fellow students, professors and the community through the Botany Club, Herpetology Society, National Biological Honor Society, Chemistry Club, Society of Physics Students and Geo Club.

You may be lucky enough to work with one of the Neale Fellows, select teachers whose projects make a difference at their schools and who work jointly with faculty teaching your classes.

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

Our program provides students with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning in PK-12 classrooms and schools. This includes practicum experiences working with school-aged children early and often throughout the program.

Student teaching is the culminating experience in the teacher candidate’s academic program of study at UW-Stevens Point. It provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to practice and refine their knowledge and skills under the supervision and guidance of cooperating teachers and our own faculty who have dedicated their careers to education and a lifetime of student learning.

Meet Your Natural Science Education Professors

Our faculty and staff from the School of Education and biology, chemistry, geography and geology and physics are caring, involved and committed to student success. They are dynamically responsive to the changes happening in education and offer outstanding support to our students’ professional preparation.

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