Apr 18, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Biology Concentration (MAT-ED STB)

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The Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Biology Concentration is a 37-38 credit hour program, which leads to initial teaching certification in high school biology and an endorsement to science in grades 6-12. The program is intended for students with a BA or BS in biology or a biology-related field who wish to earn teacher certification with the State of Michigan.

Program Admission

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 
  • Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meet 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.
  • 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,

Biology (28 credit hour minimum, 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 the 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.

Department Information

Teacher Education, College of Education

Wendy Burke, Ph.D. | Department Head (Interim) | 313 Porter | 734.487.3260 | wburke1@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Molly Thornbladh | 206 Porter | 734.487.1416 | mthornbl@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 37-38 hours

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