M.A. degree program in education: biology teacher (7-12)
HEGIS code 0401.01
NYS SED program code 26742

Based on the required background in science, this program develops the student's knowledge of biology. Courses from the Department of Biology and the School of Department of Secondary Education are required. In the Department of Biology, courses are chosen from the offerings described for the master of arts, biology program. In the Department of Secondary Education, coursework is chosen from the following areas of study: history of education and philosophy of education or principles of education or educational sociology; educational psychology or developmental psychology or psychology of adolescence or adolescent development; classroom management; teaching students with special needs and English language learners; literacy and language acquisition; curriculum development and methods of assessing student learning; uses of technology in the classroom; and methods of teaching biology in grades 7-12. Also included are fieldwork and student teaching of biology. The program prepares students to teach biology and related sciences in secondary schools. Courses required for the degree vary depending on the entry qualifications of students. All students should consult the Head of the program in adolescence science education for the current requirements.

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Alexakos, Konstantinos Program Head 718 951 5000 x 3869 2617 James Hall alexakosk @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Call/Email for appointment
Forest, Charlene Graduate Deputy 718-951-5396 203 Ingersoll Extension seedinfo @ brooklyn.cuny.edu;
clforest @ brooklyn.cuny.edu
call/email for appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Biology
Education, Secondary Education
Fall Application Deadline May 15th - rolling admission
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate, a brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals.
Interview with department.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 500, 173, 61
Examinations

 

These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2015 semester.
Click here to view the current requirements

The profession of teacher education is licensed by the New York State Education Department. Therefore, program requirements are subject to change. All students should consult with the Head of the program in adolescence science education for the current requirements.
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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must offer adequate preparation in the following, with an average grade of B or higher in biology courses: general biology; general physics; an advanced course in botany, zoology, general physiology, and genetics; and two terms of organic chemistry.

Applicants must also offer (a) or (b):

(a) New York State Initial Certification in Adolescence Education in teaching biology for grades 7-12;

Courses in education or equivalent course work and teaching experience that meet the New York State standards for the pedagogical core. These courses include study of the following: history of education and philosophy of education or principles of education or educational sociology; educational psychology or developmental psychology or psychology of adolescence or adolescent development; classroom management; teaching students with special needs and English language learners; 6 credits in literacy and language acquisition; curriculum development and methods of assessing student learning; uses of technology in the classroom; methods of teaching biology in grades 7-12; 100 hours of fieldwork; 40 full days or 300 hours of student teaching of biology in grades 7-12, or one year of full-time teaching of biology in grades 7-12; passage of edTPA.

(b) an undergraduate degree with a major in biology or appropriate course work in biology.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. A minimum average of 3.00 in graduate courses is required to maintain matriculation.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before being considered for admission. For more updated and complete information on minimum passing scores see the section on additional admission requirements for students with international credentials in the Graduate Bulletin or the program web page. At the discretion of the program, additional English courses may be required as a condition for admission.

Applicants who have not completed all the specific course requirements are given individual consideration and may be admitted with conditions, with the approval of the Head of the program in adolescence science education in the School of Education and the chairperson of the Biology Department.

Applicants should see the Head of the program in adolescence science education for advisement.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the chapter "Admission."


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Degree requirements
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A minimum of 34 credits is required for the degree.

Students must complete 22 credits in biology and related areas.

Students must also complete either Option A or B below. With the approval of the science education program head, students enroll in the appropriate Option A or Option B based upon teaching experience, previous course work, and the teaching certificates they hold.

Option A (for in-service teachers):34 credits

This option is for students who possess a New York State Initial Certification in teaching biology grades 7-12, or its equivalent.

Students must complete 12 credits in courses in the Department of Secondary Education. Students take different education courses and sequences of courses depending on their previous course work, teaching experience, and the certificates they hold. Students who possess Initial Certification in teaching biology must complete all of the following:
SEED 7502T or SEED 7324X, SEED 7500X or SEED 7315X, SEED 7340T or SEED 7320T, and 7503X or 7038X or SEED 7325X.

Option B (for pre-service teachers):34-50 credits

Students who do not possess Initial Certification in teaching biology or equivalent course work and teaching experience or who are teaching but do not possess Initial Certification in teaching biology must have the appropriate course work and credits in the subject area and must complete appropriate courses in (a), (b) and (c) below:
(a) SEED 7500X or SEED 7315X, SEED 7501X or SEED 7314X, SEED 7502T or SEED 7324X, SEED 7503X or SEED 7325X, SEED 7340T or SEED 7320T.
(b) SEED 7380T, SEED 7381T, SEED 7383T, SEED 7542T, SEED 7543T.
(c) SEED 7671X.
The student teaching methods course (SEED 7380T) must precede the student teaching seminars (SEED 7381T and SEED 7383T) and field experience (SEED 7542T and SEED 7543T).
Students who wish to register for student teaching seminar and field placement in the science education program will need to file an application with the science education program head for permission. See program office for details.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination or submit a thesis acceptable to the Biology Department. Information about requirements for the comprehensive examination and the thesis is in the chapter "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

The program of study must be approved early in the first semester by the chairperson or the deputy chairperson of the Biology Department and the Head of the program in adolescence science education in the School of Education.