Program Details

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

 

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) or (c):

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

(b) courses in education 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 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.

(c) 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 counseling.

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 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 9 credits in Group II and 3 credits in Group III, below.
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 courses in Group I, Group II, and 7503X in Group III below. 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 already have a master's degree but wish Initial Certification in teaching biology must take appropriate courses in Group I and Group III, below, as determined at the time of matriculation by the Head of the program in adolescence science education.

Group I:
Secondary Education 7500X, 7501X or 7314X, 7542T, 7380T, 7381T, 7383T, 7671X, 7543T.

Group II:
Secondary Education 7502T, 7327T or 7326X, 7340T.

Group III:
Secondary Education 7547T, 7527T, 7545X, 7503X, 7548X/ENGL 7507X, 7315, 7038X.

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.

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