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).
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:
|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|
|Experiential contact hours|| |
|Application deadline||Early action: Nov. 15 |
Scholarship consideration: Dec. 15
Regular decision: Feb. 1
Students can continue to submit an application for fall consideration until capacity is reached.
This is a sample course schedule. These courses are subject to change. As a student in the UB Teach program, you must work closely with your advisor before registering for classes.
Students will not apply separately to graduate study; instead, there are a series of progression points that must be met.
Advancement to the graduate portion of the program requires the following:
• maintain a 3.0 GPA
• earn a “C” grade or higher in content courses, as well as any course that is used to fulfill general education requirements for teacher certification
• earn a B- or better in all graduate level coursework
• complete an interview with the Teacher Education Institute in year three of bachelor's
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).