Nurcan Özkan was born in Edirne. She completed his university education at Trakya University Biology Department and her master's and doctorate at Trakya University Institute of Science in Zoology and Limnology. After graduation, she worked as a Biology Teacher at Ayaş High School (Ankara), Demirköy Secondary School, Melahat Kilimci High School and Edirne High School, which are affiliated to the Ministry of National Education. Later, she started working as a faculty member at Trakya University Faculty of Education, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Department of Science Education. She continues her academic studies on limnology, environment and education.