The Department of Biology has several degree programs for students interested in teaching.
BS in Biology, MAT Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification in Biological Science, Preschool-Grade 12 (BLBM)
Students who wish to pursue P-12 in Biological Science teacher certification must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program web site for the required prerequisite courses, professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.
The MS in Biology with a concentration in Biology Science Education is intended for certified Biology teachers interested in enhancing and updating their content expertise, exploring and conducting research on biology learning, and expanding their insights into pedagogy.
Students with a baccalaureate degree in biology, with a minimum grade point average of 2.75, who are interested in teaching may pursue the Post-baccalaureate program for initial teacher certification
This interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare current and future P-12 teachers to be eligible for the NJDOE certificate in Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization: Science in Grades 5 - 8. The program requires students to complete coursework in each of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, and earth/space sciences in preparation for successfully passing the required Middle School Science (#5440) PRAXIS examination.
The Department of Biology also participates in the Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs run by the College of Education. To be admitted to this program, applicants must have a degree in biology or coursework equivalent to a degree in biology, with a minimum major grade point average of 2.75. Information on those programs is available through the College of Education.
Other Teaching Opportunities
For graduate and undergraduate students interested in gaining teaching experience at the college/university level, there are opportunities to assist with undergraduate laboratories. Contact the department for more information.
Students also have the opportunity to serve as tutors in Biology or other subjects through the Center for Academic Development and Assessment’s Tutoring Program.