Biology, M.S. 7-12 Educator Preparation Program

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Application Deadline

Application deadline for fall admission: May 1
Application deadline for spring admission: October 15


The Master of Science degree and certification is for elementary and secondary school teachers, who desire to increase their competency in this area of specialization. The entrance requirements and planned programs are flexible to accommodate the wide range of backgrounds and special needs of teachers.

A student desiring admission must have a minimum of 24 credits in biology, 6 credits in chemistry, one semester of college mathematics, and achieved a minimum of 2.7 GPA for all undergraduate courses.

To apply to the program, students must:
submit the graduate school application
submit all college transcripts demonstrating at least a 2.7 GPA for all undergraduate courses
submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. The GRE subject test in biology need not be taken.
submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references (at least one academic reference preferred)
submit a 300-500 word statement explaining why the applicant is interested in obtaining a master 's degree in biology, and what type of career the applicant is seeking.

If the applicant meets the departmental admission requirements, the applicant and the Biology Certification Graduate Coordinator (Dr. Clara Kim) will together develop a Planned Program of Graduate Studies.

Successful completion of a certification program fulfills the requirements for the Initial
Teaching Certificate in Connecticut.

In addition to meeting the requirements for the master of science degree in biology (as outline above) please refer to the section titled 'Admission to Teacher Certification Programs' in the beginning of this catalog under 'Application and Admission' for additional information regarding acceptance to a certification program, required State Department of Education courses, Praxis® examinations, and student teaching.

Program Sequence

30 (minimum for thesis and comprehensive exam track) – 36 (minimum for special project track)

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

BIO 560/561 – General/Special Topics Seminar – 2 credits
Graduate Biology courses upon advisement – minimum of 30 credits

Certification Courses

EDF 520 -526 (choose one course) – 3 credits
EDU 452 – Student Teaching – 8 credits
EDU 453 – Student Teaching Seminar – 1 credit
EDU 493 – Science (Secondary School) – 3 credits
HIS 110 or 112 – U.S. History – 3 credits
SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in Secondary Ed Class – 3 credits
SHE 203 – School Health – 3 credits
PSY 370 – Educational Psychology – 3 credits 

Capstone (Choose One)

Thesis (minimum of 30 credits including thesis)
BIO 590 – 3 credits
Comprehensive Exam (minimum of 30 credits and exam)
Special Project (minimum of 36 credits including independent study)
BIO 600 – Independent Study – 3 credits

Students are required to have a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits in Biology, if they do not, they will be added to the program.