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.

Overall Goals

  • 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

Core Content: Foundations (14 hours)

Sources of curriculum; foundational bases for contemporary curriculum; forces that shape design and development of curriculum; and factors related to implementing, modifying, and evaluating curriculum. Approved for Distance Ed.

Spring, Summer. An analysis of curriculum and instructional systems, structures, and designs. Historical and philosophical bases for contemporary curriculum and instructional innovations and practices will be examined. Representative models will be presented and discussed to facilitate the creation of student-generated designs. Approved for Distance Ed.

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. Approved for Distance Ed.

On demand. The Classroom Technology for Teachers course is an introduction to computers in education with hands-on experience. The purpose of the course is to introduce technology skills and integration strategies to the educator. The course participants will become aware of several applications of technology and integration methods in the elementary and secondary classroom. The participant will also develop skills and strategies in using Internet resources in the classroom. Approved for Distance Ed.

Advanced Pedagogy and Best Practices. This course provides Masters level students with a deeper review of pedagogy as it looks and operates in best practice settings.  It focuses on understanding the interrelated nature of methodology, context and pedagogical content knowledge.  Key best practice teaching methods will be explored. Key concepts in pedagogy and best practice will be addressed such as inquiry, differentiated instruction, hands-on, standards based and technology infusion. Approved for Distance Ed.

Core Content: Focus (4-6 hours)

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.

  • MATH 5860 – Workshop in Mathematics or Statistics
  • Earth Science Curriculum Topic Study (GEOL)
  • Life Science Curriculum Topic Study (BIOL)
  • Environmental Curriculum Topic Study (ENVH)

Interdisciplinary Content Electives (6 hours)

Additional courses will be added as developed

  • ENVS 6950 – Workshop in Environmental Science or Policy
  • Earth as a System GLOBE (ENVS 6950) (3 credits)
  • Environmental Odysseys (ENVH) (3 credits)


Educational Core (6 credit hours)

  • EDFI 6770 - Contemporary Theory and Research in Classroom Learning
  • Practicum assessment of effective practice (2-3 credit hours) which consists of 9-13 hours of an education practicum designed to meet NCATE key assessments.

Additional Requirements

  • 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.
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All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. Note: There is a non-refundable application fee.

Have two official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and GRE or Praxis II scores sent directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States of America

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. Test scores can not be more than ten years old and non-original scores must be notarized. TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. For information on the GRE/PRAXIS/TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.

The Teacher Educator Dispositions Form (PDF) must be completed by school administrator who has direct knowledge of applicants teaching. 3 letters of recommendation are also required. Send materials to:

Department of Biological Sciences
217 Life Sciences Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH   43403-0208

Updated: 05/26/2020 01:08PM