Master of Arts Science Education (Biological Science, 5-12)
Our online master’s degree in biology will help you reach your potential. The M.A. in Science Education (Biological Science, 5-12) with its specialization in biology prepares you for secondary certification to teach high school biology. You will become a highly qualified high school biology teacher ready to play a critical role in a student’s developmen
The M.A. in Science Education, Biological Science program prepares a student to receive a Biology 5-12 certification in the state of Washington. Click here for additional details about Washington licensure requirements.
Who the Program is For:
- Licensed teachers with a bachelor’s degree who wish to earn secondary certification in biology as well as a master’s degree.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our online biological science education program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. You’ll become an expert in all areas of study required to earn your Master of Arts in Science Education, Biological Science. The program requires a total of 31 competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour. The M.A. in Science Education (Biological Science, 5-12) is nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
General Science Content
Biology Content (Grades 5-12)
Home Science Lab
This program also includes a home science lab. The self-contained laboratory kit includes the lab manual, science equipment, specimens, supplies, and chemicals necessary to complete college lab experiments at home.
Teacher Work Sample and Oral Defense
The final master's exam will include:
- Teacher Work Sample: A written project containing a comprehensive, original, research based curriculum unit designed to meet an identified educational need. It provides direct evidence of the candidate’s ability to design and implement a multi-week, standards-based unit of instruction, assess student learning, and then reflect on the learning process.
- Oral Defense: This exam may be face-to-face when possible but will most likely be done through a telephone conference. The oral defense will include a presentation (typically PowerPoint) and defense of the Teacher Work Sample (TWS). Candidates will be asked to reflect upon the TWS, note its strengths and weaknesses, discuss its impact on student learning, and suggest future improvements.