Mar 30, 2023
Revised Program, effective Fall 2016
The MAT - Secondary Biology Concentration is a full-time, 37-38 credit hour program, which leads to initial teaching certification in high school biology and an endorsement to science in grades 6-8. The program is designed for qualified students to begin in the Summer semester and finish at the end of the following Summer semester. The program is intended for students with a BA or BS in biology or a biology-related field who wish to earn a State of Michigan teacher certificate.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:
- Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
- Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work or 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level or a minimum 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination writing. International students must have a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL;
- Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meeting the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program;
- Request and have submitted two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience and potential. The transcripts, analysis of goals and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship.
- Pass on all sections of the MTTC Basic Skills Test;
- Freedom from civil/criminal convictions, academic probation, or administrative probation; ICHAT Criminal Background Check and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions; For any civil/criminal conviction provide a copy of Judgment of Sentence, Registrar of Actions, or Certificate of Conviction and a written explanation of the offense; Applications of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.
- An undergraduate degree in biology or a biology-related field from an accredited college or university;
- Undergraduate coursework that includes,
- A minimum of 28 semester hours in biology, and must include course work in Genetics, Physiology, Botany, and Zoology
- Two semesters of Introductory Chemistry
- One semester of Organic Chemistry
- One semester of Biochemistry (or a second semester of Organic Chemistry)
- Two semesters of Introductory Physics
- One semester of Calculus or Statistics
- Students may be required to have the equivalent of a teachable minor to earn a teaching certificate from the State of Michigan. See College of Education advisor.
Teacher Education - College of Education
Please contact Department for advisor information.
Degree Requirements: 37-38 hours
Biology Content Courses: 5-6 hours
MAT Professional Studies in Education Core: 29 hours