Department of Biological Sciences

Secondary Science Education – Professional Resources


Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core Standards

Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (pdf)

National Science Teachers Association Standards for Science Teacher Preparation (pdf)


Professional Resources

Science Learning Center

A website being developed to assist students and teachers with developing understanding of critical concepts across the sciences.

NSTA Learning Center

NSTA has many resources for teachers including a number of professional development options through their Learning Center.

Flinn Scientific – Secondary Teacher Safety Certification Course

As always, Flinn has excellent safety resources for teachers.  Their Safety Certification Course is a must for all our teacher licensure candidates. 

The IRIS Center

The IRIS Center is a resource to assist teachers in making adaptations (both accommodations and modifications) for their students.


Professional Organizations


Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA)


Illinois Association of Biology Teachers (IABT)

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS)


American Chemical Society (ACS)

Institute of Chemical Education (ICE)

Earth and Space Sciences

National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)

National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)


Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT)

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

Educational Research Organizations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)

National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST)