Integrated Science

Want to be the teacher who inspires the next Einstein, Rosalind Franklin, or George Washington Carver? Miami University’s Teacher Education department prepares future science teachers who have a developing passion for the skill and art of teaching, a commitment to educational equity, and a heart for students. Our students enjoy the benefits of a cohort-based approach to teaching methods and pedagogy, along with intensive content preparation in your area of science. We also provide courses that teach you how to teach students with special needs.

Integrated Science majors gain many hours of actual scientific research experience thus understanding the how and why's of doing science.

STE(A)M experiences are infused throughout the program. The Department of Teacher Education offers a STEM Thematic Sequence that Integrated Science majors can take as electives (will not count as their Thematic Sequence).

This degree stresses the latest, exemplary science teaching strategies, such as inquiry/discovery learning, project-based learning, problem-based learning, cooperative learning, student-focused assessments, and claim-evidence-reasoning methods. Students will be given many opportunities to address equity issues in science and social justice as it relates to the science classroom.

The Integrated Science major affords all majors the opportunity to teach the four science disciplines (biology, earth science, chemistry, and physics) upon graduation. Within this degree, majors select one science area to be their specialty and then are provided a broad range of exposure to the other three scientific disciplines.

A degree in Integrated Science is highly valued by school districts and school administrators throughout Ohio and all the other states.

Course Requirements

Advantages of Miami University’s Integrated Science Programs

  • The program is designed for you to complete in 4 years. You will have your teaching license at the end of your program and will be prepared to immediately enter the field of education.
  • You will receive the personal attention that Miami is known for through the benefit of small classes, and the opportunity to interact with faculty inside and outside of the classroom.
  • An intense, practice-based curriculum where you gain extensive field observations and 16-weeks of practice-based learning in student teaching.
  • A strong emphasis on content and the opportunity to double major – most science education majors also complete a second major in science content.
  • Preparation to teach all types of learners in your classroom. Additional opportunities are available to get an even more in-depth understanding--including a TELLs Teaching English Language Learners certificate and a minor in Special Education.
  • Technology integration not only enhances our students' learning experiences on campus, but also provides opportunities to implement strategies in the field classrooms. TeachLive, etutoring, and Project Backpack are some of the innovative technology tools our students use.
  • An award-winning Urban Cohort program that allows you to specialize in teaching children and youth in urban school settings.
  • Our program is not only focused on education in the United States, but also provides numerous international opportunities that inspire global engagement.

Program Admission and Licensure Information

Students declare a pre-major in a Teacher Education program at the time of university admission or as soon as possible. After meeting the criteria of acceptance, students apply for a cohort—a group of students selected to experience methods courses and field experiences together.

Miami's Department of Teacher Education is fully accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. While Miami participates in licensure of teachers through an interstate agreement, if you are planning to teach in another state, you should contact that state's certification office so you can apply for certification or licensure in that state.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate safe practice in the 7-12 science classroom.
  • Students will create an innovative science unit plan surrounded around exemplary science teaching practices, including inquiry, making thinking visible practices and other key models of science education.
  • Students will apply their continued content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge by participating in university-wide seminars and preparing detailed reflections on how the seminars will relate to their future science teaching.
  • Students are able to apply and integrate their knowledge of exemplary science teaching practices during their teaching experiences in the field experiences.

Choosing Science Education

Tommy Smith

Tommy Smith

Chemistry Education major

"I always loved science and developed a passion for chemistry when I took my first chemistry class in high school. From that point on, I knew I wanted my future career to be in chemistry, but I wasn’t sure what that career would be...

“While I was still deciding what chemistry path I was going to take, I began working with Dr. Yezierski as an undergraduate researcher in chemistry education, and took two education classes; both decisions came to shape my future in unimaginable ways.

“Through working with amazing teachers and having incredible experiences at Miami University, I realized my major in chemistry education opened a door for me to inspire kids and show them the wonders, intricacies, and the beauty of the world around us. For me, science education isn’t about teaching facts: it’s about giving students the opportunity to rediscover and question the world around them, to gaze upon nature in ways they could have never imagined, and most importantly, to unlock the curiosity and wonder that drives everything from the inspiration of the greatest minds, to the mystified and awestruck children who want nothing more than to ask 'why.’

"In addition to my major, I was a member of the Miami University Rowing Club. Although the primary focus of the club is on rowing, they also develop successful student-athletes who give back to the university community through service and leadership."