The University at Buffalo’s Biology Education program (EdM/Professional) focuses on professional teacher development and specifically addresses inquiry-based teaching and learning, real-world science contexts, technology application, and critical issues in science education.
As a student in this program you will be exposed to curriculum design and development, inquiry-based approaches, content understanding, technology application, microteaching, integration of real world resources and contexts, and have opportunities to contribute to research and theory. In addition, you will focus on equitable approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment.
The online Biology Education EdM program is for those who hold a valid NYS initial teacher certificate in Biology (grades 7-12) and are seeking the Master of Education as well as recommendation for the Professional Teacher certificate in Biology (grades 7-12 with or without grades 5-6 extension). If application for teacher certification is in process, proof of such application must be submitted. If already certified, a copy of proof of teacher certification is required.
Biology Education will expose you to inquiry-based approaches that highlight the dynamic nature of science teaching and learning; and as a result, you will address current science issues that impact student’s communities.
In this program you will learn how to teach science to students who come from diverse backgrounds and bring different experiences and knowledge to the science classroom. You will also develop a repertoire of knowledge and skills that will allow you to design and develop Biology curriculum and related assessments; teach students from diverse backgrounds, integrate science education technologies for teaching and learning, address current science issues, and access local community resources.
Ultimately, as a graduate of this program you will be well prepared for science education positions in NY state, in other US states, and internationally.
Biology Education: Adolescence (grades 5-12 or 7-12)
Applications are considered for fall and spring admission, with a rolling deadline for admission. Admission is competitive: academic record, written statements and interviews are basic components. Seats are limited so apply early.
Applicants must ensure that they have an acceptable major that can lead to New York State teacher certification. University at Buffalo's list of acceptable majors is available at: http://gse.buffalo.edu/tei/requirements.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree and submit the following:
Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name. If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.
The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 6-8 weeks. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.
Studies in the Biology Education Professional (EdM) may start in any semester. You have the option of either working only on the EdM or in working to obtain one (or more) of three online Advance Graduate Certificates (also known as AGCs):
If you choose to work on more than one AGC, you will need to discuss this with your advisor. The course work for each of the three AGCs has been worked out in coordination with the Biology Education EdM; this follows the course work for only the EdM in Biology Education.
Spring (Odd years)
Your Capstone must be related to Biology Education and it may be taken by itself in a semester or in the summer with another course after at least 4 semesters of course work.
This is a sample list of courses and is subject to
Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.
If you are a current UB student and need further advice about planning your coursework, you could also access our iTunes U podcast for science education advising. This podcast series is a collection of interviews with UB Faculty addressing the top concerns and questions frequently asked by students. You can access this collection through this link.
The Biology Education Ed.M program is just one of many programs in the Department of Learning and Instruction, in the Graduate School of Education, at the University at Buffalo.
All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.
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