Combined Biological Sciences, BA / Biology Education, EdM

The UB Teach biology education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that allows you to earn a biological sciences BA and a biology education EdM within five years. It provides you with content expertise in biology while preparing you to teach biology at the adolescence level (grades 5 to 12).

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Why Biological Sciences and Biology Education at UB?

In this combined program, students study in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education. While in the Department of Biological Sciences, you benefit from a dedicated focus on the discipline of biology; in the Department of Learning and Instruction, you will learn how to bring biology to life in a grades 5 to 12 classroom.

UB prepares highly-qualified teachers who lead their classrooms, shape students’ lives and positively engage with the communities they serve.

Students enrolled in this program will:

  • Learn by doing. The instructional philosophy of “lead with the lab” trains biology students at every level to become intellectually curious and to develop critical thinking skills applicable in all life science disciplines.
  • Engage in an interdisciplinary approach to life sciences enabling new discoveries that impact every major field of biological sciences.
  • Complete intensive clinical education experiences in collaboration with Western New York schools across diverse settings, while learning the nuances of the teaching profession.
  • Gain the skills, expertise and confidence to implement evidence-based practice in the classroom and co-teach alongside an expert teacher in a one-year residency.

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Education (EdM)
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for New York State initial and professional certification in biology education
Grade levels 7 to 12 with 5 to 6 extension
Credits required for completion 161 to 163
Time to completion 5 years
Course delivery On campus, online
  • Biology teacher
  • Museum and environmental organization work
  • Science and curriculum specialist
Experiential contact hours
  • Clinical experiences embedded in undergraduate and graduate  coursework
  • A full one-year teaching residency in the final year of the program
Application deadline Early action: Nov. 15
Scholarship consideration: Dec. 8
Regular decision: Feb. 1

Students can continue to submit an application for fall consideration until capacity is reached.
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For more information about coursework and requirements, please contact:
Office of Educator, 716-645-2461