Biology Education

Our advanced certificate and master's programs in biology education focus on preparing you to teach biology at the adolescence level. You will join a dynamic community of science education teachers, educators and researchers who engage and question 21st century critical issues in science education.

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Why Biology Education at UB?

The features of our program include:
  • addressing critical issues in biology education
  • applying innovative teaching and learning approaches in the biology education classroom
  • designing and conducting research related to assessment, equity, inclusion, inquiry and technology
  • developing and administering assessment methods appropriate for biology education contexts
  • understanding the environmental, psychological and social conditions of biology education teaching and learning

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 30 credit hours in BIOLOGY

In addition, the following science distribution must be met: 3 credits in biology, 3 credits in chemistry, 3 credits in earth science, 3 credits in physics.

Biology Education Programs

Initial Initial / Professional Professional

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Education (EdM)
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for NYS Initial and Professional Certification in Biology Education
Grade levels 7 to 12 with 5 to 6 extension
Credits required for completion 57
Time to completion 4 to 5 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
Career opportunities
  • Biology teacher
  • Corporate trainer
  • Museum and environmental organization work
  • Science and curriculum specialist
Experiential contact hours
  • 115 hours of field experience
  • 1 full semester of student teaching
  • Additional clinical experience may be embedded in content coursework
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines

Nov. 1, then rolling until Dec. 1
Feb. 1, then rolling until April 15
Feb. 1, then rolling until July 15


Content Distribution Prerequisites

This worksheet is intended as an advising tool to assist you in your planning. Use this worksheet to help you select courses during your undergraduate studies that will fulfill the content distribution prerequisites that are required by the Graduate School of Education.

Science Content Prerequisites Worksheet

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.