Postsecondary Biology Education
The Master of Science in Postsecondary Biology Education is tailored to those interested in teaching biology in a college setting, particularly in community colleges. Offered jointly by the Departments of Biology and Education, Leadership & Public Service. This two year program, including summer session, is focused on coursework in both graduate-level biology concepts and educational instruction. It includes both research experience in biology and hands-on instructional practice.
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- Total Credits Required for Degree38-40
- Biology Core Courses28
- Advanced Biology courses10-12
- 400 or 500 graduate level biology electives. A minimum of one course must be at the 500 level.
*ED 574 will serve as the capstone graduate seminar in research that gives the student experience with the kinds of research they may expect to encounter throughout a professional career. A file paper characterized by excellence in Biology content and pedagogy in a format appropriate to graduate level scholarship is required for the course. The capstone topic will be mutually agreed upon by the student and adviser.
Applicants who already hold an advanced degree in the biological sciences (e.g. M.S, Ph.D, DVM, etc.) are eligible to be admitted to an accelerated track such that they can transfer 10 credits from their other graduate degree(s), typically in the Biology content area. Typically this would remove the requirement for two graduate level Biology courses (e.g. one semester) and BI500, assuming that a proposal was created for the first degree. This option is not available to applicants with advanced degrees in other content areas. Applicants interested in this option should contact the Program Director for assistance.