Biological Sciences-Master of Arts in Teaching

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The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the Biological Sciences is a part-time, non-thesis master’s program designed for formal and informal educators who already hold teaching licensure. The program is cooperatively offered by Project Dragonfly and the Departments of Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology. The MAT has two main programs: the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) and the Global Field Program (GFP). The Master’s is designed to be completed in 2.5 years.

Admission Requirements

Incoming students are expected to be over the age of 18 and have completed a bachelor's degree. Students admitted to the program who have not completed at least one university-level life science course or its equivalent will need to complete one of several options (determined by the MAT graduate committee) for basic biology content as part of the Master's degree program. Applicants should submit application materials including recommendations s via the "apply" page on their chosen program (GFP or AIP) website.

Applicants should send to the Graduate School: (1) the Graduate School application form and application fee and (2) official transcripts of all previous academic work.

Program Requirements:

(35 semester hours)

  1. Complete at least 35 credits of graduate work, including 21 hours through an AIP Master Institution or Earth Expeditions international field courses and 14 hours of web-based courses which include:
    • Completion of the MAT's Leadership in Science & Inquiry course and requirement (2 credits).
    • Completion of the MAT's Professional Media Workshop course and requirement (2 credits).
    • Completion of the MAT's Master's Capstone course (2 credits), including development of a teaching/work portfolio.
  2. The MAT program graduate committee must approve the academic program for students.

MAT students are required to complete a teaching portfolio adaptable for National Board Certification requirements. Degree candidates can focus portfolio work in a region (e.g., Africa, Pacific Northwest, etc.) or on a theme (e.g., environmental education).

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