The Biotechnology Teacher

Biotechnology teachers help students gain science literacy, research skills, an understanding of available careers in biotechnology, and the role of biotech in society. They help students see meaning in math, biology, and chemistry and gain the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in independent research and higher-level science courses. Ultimately, biotech educators teach both the science and the business of biotech to prepare students to make informed decisions about career paths.

Any teacher with a science background may be qualified to teach biotechnology. The biotech instructor should be able to execute the vision for the program, tailor it to the target student population, and use texts, lab manuals, instructors’ guides, and websites relevant to the course to further develop the curriculum.

When developing a biotech program, consider:

  • The target student population
  • College and workplace targets
  • Types of courses
  • Objectives of the courses
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Training facilities and lab materials
  • Short- and long-term financial support

Other tools and support may include:

  • Books, lab manuals, CDs, and other media
  • Laboratory space, equipment, and supplies
  • Computers
  • Release time and field trip funds
  • Administration support, guidance, and expectations
  • Potential partners and internship sites

Biotech teachers can access a rapidly growing network of biotechnology educators and other organizations dedicated to curricular and professional support, including:

  • The Biotechnology Institute (
  • National Association of Biology Teachers (
  • National Biotechnology Education Center (
  • National Science Teaching Association (
  • Rosalind Franklin Institute (
  • Other local and regional groups and programs

The above information is the property of Ellyn Daugherty, founder of the San Mateo Biotechnology Career Pathway (SMBCP) and author of Biotechnology: Science for the New Millennium, Second Edition, 2017. For more information, visit