Master of Arts in Teaching Biology – Interdisciplinary Science
The goal of this program is to provide conceptual and pedagogical knowledge in math and science for in-service middle school teachers who have a limited background in these areas. MA in Teaching Biology students will learn how to enhance the concepts of science and mathematics as problem solving tools through an interdisciplinary approach with a particular focus on environmental sustainability and the nature of science.
- This program is for in-service teachers of grades 4-9.
- Provide math and science knowledge in teachers who have otherwise limited background in these areas
- Increase math and science process knowledge (e.g. nature of science)
- Increase math and science pedagogical content knowledge - the ability to know HOW to teach particular content using research based best practices for known misconceptions and problem areas in specific subjects.
- Enhance the concept of science and mathematics as problem solving tools through an interdisciplinary approach with a particular focus on environmental sustainability and the nature of science.
- Innovative interdisciplinary approach to providing quality instruction for classroom teachers
- Improved accessibility for classroom teachers (e.g. some online courses and evening scheduling)
- Increased opportunities for collaboration and communication among teachers who teach at schools that are widely separated geographically
- In order to earn the Specialization in Interdisciplinary Science, ALL of the credit requirements must be met. Core Content: Focus (Choose TWO / 2 - 3 credit hours each)
BIOL 6250 – Teaching and Learning the Fundamentals of Biology (3)
Fall. Course designed to increase understanding of major themes in Biology utilizing content-rich materials, interactive exercises, and in-depth exploration of biological concepts. Guided by the National Science Education Standards for K-12 Life Sciences; includes practical experience in teaching biological principles. Offered on-line only.
GEOL 6510 - Teaching Fundementals in Earth Science (3)
Summer. Course designed to increase understanding of major themes in Earth science utilizing content-rich materials, interactive exercises, and in-depth exploration of Earth science concepts. Includes practical experience in designing state and national standards-based lessons. Offered on-line only.
ENVS 6010 - Fundementals of Environment and Sustainability Education (3)
Summer. Course designed to increase understanding of major themes in environmental science and sustainability utilizing content-rich materials, interactive exercises, and in-depth exploration of related concepts. Guided by the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Guidelines for K-12 Life Sciences. Includes practical experience in teaching environmental science and sustainability principles.
BIOL 5500 – Teaching Evolution and the Nature of Science (3)
Spring, Summer. Course designed to increase understanding of evolution and the nature of science, with extensive content-rich materials, interactive exercises, primary source readings, and in-depth exploration of scientific concepts. Guided by the National Science Education Standards; includes practical experience in teaching evolution and the nature of science. Does not fulfill the Biology group 2 requirement for majors. Offered on-line only. Prerequisites: BIOL 1040 or BIOL 2050 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
BIOL 6010 – Biological Documentation Techniques (1)
Fall. Biological literature retrieval, bibliographic techniques, data storage. Required for all master’s students.
BIOL 6020 – Biodocumentation Seminar (1)
A research project, with written report, approved by a faculty advisor. This course will follow BIOL 6010 and both courses must be taken for Plan II. Graded S/U.These curriculum topic study and lesson study courses focus on specific topics. Additional courses within each content area will be developed based on need of participants and availability of faculty.Interdisciplinary Content Electives (6 credit hours)
MATH 5860 – Workshop in Mathematics or Statistics
Condensed development of selected issues or topics and related problems of current interest to mathematicians, statisticians, or related occupations. May be repeated for credit.
Additional courses will be added as developedEducational Core (6 credit hours)
- Earth Science Curriculum Topic Study (GEOL)
- Life Science Curriculum Topic Study (BIOL)
- Environmental Curriculum Topic Study (ENVH)
ENVS 6950 – Workshop in Environmental Science or Policy
Workshop with intensive education experience on selected topics of concern in environmental studies. Graded S/U.
- Earth as a System GLOBE (ENVS 6950) (3 credits)>
- Environmental Odysseys (ENVH) (3 credits)
EDFI 6770 – Contemporary Theory and Research in Classroom LearningPLUS 9-13 hours of an education practicum designed to meet NCATE key assessments [Practicum assessment of effective practice] (2-3 credits)
On demand. Theories, principles, and concepts pertaining to learning process; variables associated with basic classroom learning problems. Recent theoretical and research developments related to classroom learning problems; current practices and innovations in educative process; and the learning development of children, adolescents, and young adults.
- complete 35 semester hours of acceptable graduate course work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better
- Not accumulate more than 7 semester hours of credit below a "B"
- Complete the MAT within 6 years from date of first enrollment
- Write a library research paper which shall require study beyond usual course requirements and demonstrate the student's ability to interpret and apply research findings in a specific area of study (BIOL 6020 may be done in conjunction with COSMOS Action Research)
- Final assessment: presentation of BIOL 6020 research to appropriate audience, e.g., COSMOS Inquiry series or at professional development meeting.
- Applicants must have a valid Teaching Certificate/License (from any state with the United States) and 1 year teaching experience. Step 2: Submit Recommendations
Complete the application form. There is a $45 application fee. Note: if for some reason all of your transcripts don’t arrive or you change your mind, another application and fee is required for the next semester.
Step 3: Submit Transcripts and Test Scores
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The Teacher Educator Dispositions Form must be completed by school administrator who has direct knowledge of applicants teaching
3 letters of recommendation are also required
- Two copies of transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended – Transcripts must be sent directly from institution (Transcripts marked “Issued to Student” are not accepted).
- Praxis II content specialization exam (or other equivalent[e.g., NTE, or other Non-Ohio-State-mandated exam), or GRE* scores.
*Note: If Praxis II (or equivalent) and/or Teaching Certificate/Licensure are not in Biology or General Science another measure of Biology content knowledge will be required during degree program to meet program key assessment requirements for NCATE review.
Application materials can be mailed either all together or separately to:Department of Biological Sciences
217 Life Sciences Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0208