Biology Education, EdM (blended program)

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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.

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Who Can Apply

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.

Why Biology Education?

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.

As A Graduate Of This Program You Will Be Able To:

  • apply innovative science teaching and learning approaches in your classroom
  • address critical issues in Science Education
  • use social and psychological research and theory to understand how students learn
  • understand the social and psychological milieu of science teaching
  • develop and administer assessment methods appropriate for instructional decisions.

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.

Application Requirements

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:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree and submit the following:

  • An online application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  • Transcripts of previous academic work. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  • Proof of New York State Initial Teacher Certification (or proof of application if in process)

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.

Admissions Decision:

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.

Supporting Documentation

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.


Program Requirements

Program Requirements 

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):

  • Educational Technology and New Literacies
  • Gifted Education
  • Online Education

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.


  • LAI 525: Science. Technology and Human Values
  • LAI 533: Seminar in Science Instruction
  • LAI 637: Doctoral Seminar in Science Instruction


  • LAI 531: Science Curricula: Current Approaches
  • LAI 532: Technology and Science Teaching
  • LAI 534 Measurement and Evaluation of STEM Instruction

Spring (Odd years)

  • LAI 639: History and Philosophy of Science for Science Teachers
  • LAI 535: Seminar in Environmental Education


  • LAI 528: Science in Context

Every Semester

  • LAI 530: Improving Elementary Science Instruction
  • LAI 700: The Capstone Course

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 change. 

What is the Time Commitment?

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.


Learn More

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.

University Computing Standards

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.