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Biology Education

364 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
274 Master's Degrees Annually
#27 in Popularity
$64,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Biology Education Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many biology education graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 364
Master’s Degree 274
Graduate Certificate 44
Basic Certificate 7

What Biology Education Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to biology teacher education and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Biology Teacher Education Majors

Biology Teacher Education majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Biology Teacher Education Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to biology teacher education:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Abilities for Biology Teacher Education Majors

Biology Teacher Education majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Biology Education Major?

People with a biology teacher education degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Biological Science Professors 15.1% $82,550
Education Professors 10.3% $64,780
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $58,600
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology Education?

364 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
69% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 69% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of biology teacher education majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biology Teacher Education Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10
Black or African American 12
Hispanic or Latino 41
White 283
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 14

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Biology Teacher Education, too. About 1.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Biology Education Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Biology Teacher Education majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $62,030 to $73,680 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with biology teacher education may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for biology teacher education careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 33.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 8.0%
Master’s Degree 15.4%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.7%
Doctoral Degree 29.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 10.3%

Online Biology Education Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 333 schools offered some type of biology education program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 3 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 0
Bachelor’s Degree 20 1
Post-Baccalaureate 3 0
Master’s Degree 79 8
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Biology Education Worth It?

The median salary for a biology teacher education grad is $64,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 61% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $488,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to biology teacher education.

Major Number of Grads
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 8,634
Reading Teacher Education 6,530
Music Education 4,575
English & Language Arts Education 3,287
Mathematics Education 3,164
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 2,654
Health Education 1,821
Social Studies Education 1,623
Art Education 1,617
Science Education 1,430
Agricultural Teacher Education 1,130
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education 773
Technology Education 715
History Education 701
Social Science Teacher Education 605
Technical Teacher Education 495
Spanish Education 437
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 343
Family & Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 341
Health Occupations Teacher Education 318
Modern Language Education 257
Business Education 230
Drama & Dance Education 224
Computer Teacher Education 216
Chemistry Education 185
Earth Science Teacher Education 150
Physics Education 123
Environmental Education 78
Driver & Safety Teacher Education 54
Speech Teacher Education 48
French Language Teacher Education 35
German Language Teacher Education 11
Distributive Education 10
Psychology Teacher Education 6
Latin Teacher Education 5
Geography Teacher Education 2

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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