People interested in finding the educational requirements for teaching biology in high school should start researching through accredited universities or colleges who offer programs designed for teachers. Typically an undergraduate degree in biological science is required as well as completion of a formal teacher's certification program. Both of these requirements can be accomplished at the same time and many colleges have joint programs that work in tandem with each other.
Public high school biology teachers must be licensed by the state where employed. In addition to course and lab work, students normally must finish a student teaching requirement before being licensed.
Different states have their own procedures for licensing teachers, but most require that before being certified, a potential candidate must demonstrate proficiency in the subject to be taught. This is frequently accomplished by passing a standardized test of academic proficiency after a degree is completed.
A bachelor's degree in biological science focuses heavily on chemistry, biology, math, physics and methods of teaching. Course work starts with introductory classes during the first year and continues into more advanced study as the student progresses. Once completed and the standardized certifications are passed, teacher's must apply to the state and the application needs to be approved by the state board of education.