Teacher Certification

A science major interested in teaching science at the high school level is encouraged to earn a Comprehensive Science Teaching License in addition to their bachelor's degree. The teaching license, which is earned by fulfilling the requirements prescribed by the State of North Carolina, is generally accepted in most of the 50 states by reciprocal agreement. With the passage of the No Child Left Behind Legislation and the requirement that all classrooms be led by highly qualified professionals, schools are now required by federal mandate to ensure that teachers hold appropriate licensure in their respective content area.


In addition to completing the B.S. major in Evolutionary Anthropology, requirements for the Comprehensive Science Teaching License include a variety of courses in education, one in psychology, and other courses in the natural sciences. Students who complete the licensure program also earn a minor in Education.

How the Program Works

The last semester of the senior year is devoted to the student-teaching block, including two education courses and 10-12 weeks of full-time teaching and observation in a Durham Public School working with a licensed high school teacher and Duke faculty. The student teaching practicum counts as two course credits. Because of the time constraints this may impose on the planning of courses, students considering teaching high school science should confer with the faculty in the Program in Education, ideally, prior to the preparation of a long-range plan as part of declaring a major.


Additional information can be found on the Duke Program in Education website or call (919) 660-3075.