[CA] Considering teaching biology, but I will have a BS in Kinesiology

Discussion in 'General Education' started by jessthevelociraptor, Oct 14, 2017.

  1. Oct 14, 2017

    Hey everyone,

    I am going to get my BS in Kinesiology this upcoming Spring. I thought I wanted to get into the medical field, but I'm not entirely sure that it's for me. I love biology, and I think I want to be a high school biology, and anatomy teacher. Will the fact that I don't have a degree in biology be to my disadvantage when taking the test to become credentialed in order to teach it? Kinesiology majors have to take a year of chemistry, a year of physics, one and a half years of biology, anatomy and physiology, as well as of course, a plethora of movement science classes. Essentially I want to know if I would be even qualified to teach biology, given my major. Not that I would mind, but would I probably have to take a class on passing the test that would enable me to teach biology?

    Thanks for reading!
  3. vickilyn

    vickilyn Multitudinous

    Jul 19, 2014
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    Oct 14, 2017

    In NJ, you would need 30 credits of biology on your transcript to be eligible to become certified to teach biology. About 40% of those would need to be upper level courses. Reach out to your state DOE and inquire about requirements. It will help you plan future course work. Good luck!
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  4. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

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    Oct 15, 2017

    Welcome to A to Z, jessthevelociraptor! If you're in California (and I presume you are; teachers in most states aren't credentialed, they're licensed or certificated), a person can qualify to teach biology by going through a credential program, which is post-baccalaureate, and passing CSET Biology. From the description you gave, I suspect that the BA in kinesiology that you describe would prepare you pretty well.
  5. blazer

    blazer Connoisseur

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    I had to look up kinesiology. There is a lot more to Biology than the mechanical workings of the human body though. I assume you specialised in this following being successful in biology?
  6. 2ndTimeAround

    2ndTimeAround Phenom

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    Oct 15, 2017

    In my experience and opinion, you have to either be really good with biology or a really good teacher in another science, in order to teach the subject in a decent manner. Someone that knows a little bio without any teaching experience will probably not fare very well in the classroom.

    And, to be frank, people like you are a dime a dozen. People that want to go into the medical field and decide that teaching biology will be their fallback. While science and math teachers may be more in demand than English or social studies teachers, biology teachers are the least in demand.

    I teach in a district that can afford to be choosy about whom they hire. Your resume would probably not stand out among the stack sent in. But there are plenty of districts in my state that cannot get science teacher positions filled, so you would likely get an interview with them. After some successful years of experience you could probably transfer to a more desirable location.

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