With your initial certification to teach biology in hand, you now have the challenge of meeting the New York State Education Department’s requirements for professional certification. SUNY Cortland’s M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: biology (7-12) will help you fulfill those requirements. Whether you choose to enroll in full-time or part-time graduate study, the degree will give you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the biological sciences and related fields while continuing to improve your teaching skills.
You’ll enhance your knowledge in the sciences with graduate course work in biology, as well as with advanced study in chemistry, geology, and/or physics. You have two options for furthering your knowledge of adolescent learners and how to create and maintain a positive teaching-learning environment for science.
You will extend your teaching skills through exploration of emerging teaching methodologies and resources. You’ll examine the social, historical, philosophical or psychological foundations of education.
You’ll study the nature of the middle school adolescent learner and the teaching strategies that work best at that developmental level. With this option, you can earn a middle level extension of your grade 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for biology.
In addition to fulfilling any specific degree requirements determined by the Biological Sciences Department, you’ll complete a culminating master’s project.
Take advantage of SUNY Cortland’s exceptional outdoor environmental resources, including our Outdoor Education Center residential facility at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks and Hoxie Gorge, a 170-acre nature preserve located just seven miles from campus.
With Option I, you’ll qualify for SUNY Cortland’s institutional recommendation for New York state’s professional certificate for biology 7-12. With Option II, you’ll qualify for an institutional recommendation of an extension of your 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for biology.
At the State University of New York College at Cortland we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.
Preference will be given to candidates with the following:
Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1
Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check on availability.
12 credit hours in graduate biologyB. Related Areas of Science: Nine credit hours
Award of the degree requires completion of all course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall and in each of the three categories A, B, and C shown above.Additional Requirements
Completion of the following workshops:
Other requirements for the award of the degree may be determined by the departments concerned and must be ascertained by the student in consultation with the coordinator of adolescence education: science (7-12).
Note: Specific information regarding additional requirements for qualification for the professional certificate in New York state may be found at Teacher Certification.Total Credit Hours Required: 30-33