Our advanced certificate and master's programs in biology education focuses on preparing you to teach biology at the adolescence level. You will join a dynamic community of science education teachers, educators and researchers that engage and question 21st century critical issues in science education.
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.
|Academic credential granted||Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)|
|Certification option||Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for NYS Initial Certification in Biology Education|
|Grade levels||7 to 12|
|Credits required for completion||33|
|Time to completion||2 full-time semesters|
|Course delivery||On campus|
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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.
* Undergraduate coursework (LAI 414, CEP 400, ELP 405) is only applicable if previously completed as a UB undergraduate student with a grade of “B-” or better.
At this time, we encourage you to utilize the at-home GRE to fulfill the standardized testing requirements set forth by New York State. An at-home MAT exam is not currently being offered.
However, if you are having issues taking the at-home GRE, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at email@example.com so we can work through an individualized solution to address your specific situation.
You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requires that all students applying for certification as of December 31, 2013 have 6 hours of coursework or training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination. As mandated by NYSED six clock hours of training in harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention. This workshop is available through the University at Buffalo as well as other NYSED-approved providers. If you have already completed a workshop through a NYSED-approved provider, you must submit proof of completion when you apply.
The New York State Education Department requires three semester hours of study in the area of students with disabilities for those who are entering the teacher education programs. If you have not yet fulfilled this requirement, you may take our students with disabilities course (LAI 574).
All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.
If you are currently unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.
The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test at a test center due to public health concerns.