Our Master's of Biology for Science Educators Programs

Available:
Online Program

Next Start Date: 
January 2021

Build toward your master's degree while you maintain your ongoing continuing education requirements. 

Our M.Biol. program is specifically designed for current middle school and high school teachers who are pursuing their continuing education credits to maintain their teaching certification and want to work toward their master's degree. Enroll in our online program from anywhere in the United States and earn graduate-level coursework that also satisfies your continuing education credits. 

For example, in the state of South Carolina, high school teachers must earn 120 continuing education credits every 5 years, and these credits are equivalent to two graduate-level courses. Our program gives you the opportunity to tackle both your master's and your continuing ed at the same time. 

Highlights

  • Classes are 100% online. That means you can access them anywhere, anytime.
  • Complete the master's degree program in under two years.
  • Earn graduate credits in biology and broaden the courses you're qualified to teach. 
  • The program is designed to accommodate full-time working teachers. 
  • Opt to work toward your certificate first. You can always decide to transfer your credits and pursue the M.Biol. program later. 

Career Opportunities

Most public school teachers get an increase in salary when they earn a Master's degree while teaching. Our program also can broaden the portfolio of courses you're allowed to teach. For example, if you've passed the Praxis exam for General Science, but never taken graduate biology classes, you're not allowed to teach biology classes in high school. Earning graduate credits in biology would give you that opportunity. 

Biology Areas of Study

MASTER'S COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Non-thesis Master's Degree in Biology

Get your master's degree with 30 semester hours of graduate course work (10 courses). Eight of the required 10 courses are science content courses. The other two courses cover an introduction on how to design experiments and conduct research, how to analyze data, and how to write scientific publications.

Certificate—Biology for Science Educators

Program for non-degree-seeking students

Current primary, middle grades, and secondary education teachers can gain recertification as non-degree-seeking students in our certificate program. You'll have the option to earn a graduate certificate after completion of six hours of graduate credit (equivalent to 120 continuing education credits in SC). And you can always transfer the courses into the non-thesis Master's if you decide to pursue your graduate degree.