M.Biol., Biology for Science Educator
Non-Thesis Masters for Science Educators in Biology (degree-seeking students)
Application Deadline: April 20, 2020. Apply Today!
This program will be an online, non-thesis Masters for science teachers interested in increasing their knowledge of biology. There will be two options to enroll in this program: one path for teachers seeking continuing education credits and a graduate certificate, and one path for teachers seeking a non-thesis Masters in Biology.
This option requires a total of 30 semester hours of graduate course work (10 courses). Eight of the required 10 courses are science content courses. The other 2 courses cover an introduction on how to design experiments and conduct research, how to analyze data, and how to write scientific publications.
This program is pending by SACSCOC approval.
- Degree may be completed in under two years
- 100% online classes can be accessed anywhere, anytime
- Designed to accommodate full-time working professionals
- Focused on real-world topics like conflict management and financial decision making
- Prepare students to adapt and succeed in a rapidly growing field
Certificate - Biology for Science Educator
Certificate Program for non-degree-seeking students
Current primary, middle grades and secondary education teachers wishing to gain recertification most commonly can as non-degree-seeking students. These students will have the option to earn a graduate certificate after completion of 6 hours of graduate credit (equivalent to 120 continuing education credits in SC). These students will be able to transfer the courses into the non-thesis Masters if they decide to pursue that degree.
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Students will be able to complete the program in less than 2 years. Four or five, 8-week courses will be offered each semester (Fall and Spring) and four, 8-week courses will be offered in the summer.
Middle school and high school teachers across the United States are required to earn continuing education credits to keep their certification. In the state of South Carolina, high school teachers must earn 120 continuing education credits every 5 years. These credits are equivalent to 2 graduate level courses. Current teachers could enroll in this online program from anywhere in the United States, earn graduate level coursework to satisfy their continuing education credits. These non-degree seeking students could also choose to transfer these courses into the non-thesis Master of Biology program if they decide to seek that degree.
Additionally, for most public school teachers, teachers who earn a Masters degree while teaching get an increase in salary, incentivizing teachers to find a convenient (online) way to earn a degree while teaching.
Furthermore, teachers who have passed the Praxis exam for General Science, but have never taken graduate biology classes, are not allowed to teach biology classes in high school. This program would allow those teachers to earn graduate credit in biology and broaden the portfolio of courses they would be allow to teach.
Faculty & Instructors
Marlee Marsh, Associate Professor of Biology, Chair- Biology Program
B.S. Converse College; Ph.D., Clemson University
Vida Mingo, Lecturer of Biology
B.S., Johnson C. Smith University; M.S., Long Island University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina.
Kirt E. Moody, Paysinger Endowed Chair for Science and Technology; Professor of Biology and Environmental Science.
B.A.S., M.A., University of Maine; Ph.D., College of William and Mary
Jessica Allen, Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D., Stanford University.
Adrienne Oxley, Associate Professor of Chemistry.
B.S. Chatham University; Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh