SNHU's Bachelor of Science in Middle School Science Education will prepare you to educate, inspire and motivate today's young learners. The campus program is taught by experienced educators who have strong connections to local middle schools and can lead to teaching certification in New Hampshire, grades 5-8 (which is reciprocal in most states).
Unlike similar programs at other universities, SNHU's BS in Middle School Science Education lets you begin field-based experience your first semester. The program requires 100 hours of field experience in a local middle school to earn your bachelor's degree. The program culminates with a 16-week student teaching experience under the close supervision of an experienced teacher. The program's emphasis on field-based learning enables you to gain valuable teaching experience and stand out to schools looking for new candidates.
SNHU'S bachelor's degree in middle school science education offers many distinct advantages, including:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your BS in Middle School Science Education at SNHU include:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there continues to be a need for middle school teachers. Through 2026, employment is expected to increase by 8%, about as fast as the national average for all occupations.*
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher's license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
In addition to meeting all degree requirements, students seeking certification must meet all testing requirements for their specific certification area as required by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Students will not be recommended for certification until all requirements are met.
The middle school science education program leads to certification for middle-level science grades 5-8. The program provides students with strong scientific knowledge and a good sense of science learning that take place during the middle grades. Throughout this program, courses integrate knowledge of science, knowledge of teaching and scientific knowledge for teaching. The program provides graduates with a comprehensive knowledge of instructional theory and practice while examining traditional and innovative research-based approaches to teaching middle school science.
The curriculum for SNHU's bachelor's in middle school science education includes teacher courses that focus on earth and space sciences, life science and physical science. Taught by experienced educators, many of whom are current and former middle school teachers, these teacher courses are designed to show you how to apply the subject matter in today's classrooms, using the most effective resources available.
From Teacher Courses to Teaching Experience
Beginning as soon as your first semester, you can apply what you learn in the middle school science teacher courses in real classrooms. Unlike similar programs at other institutions, SNHU's bachelor's in middle school science education allows you to start logging the required 100+ hours of field experience your freshman year. This allows you to see first-hand how the knowledge you're gaining in your teacher courses applies specifically to your middle school students.
SNHU's bachelor's in middle school science education program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Total Credits: 120
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.