A new graduate program at Montclair State University -- a master's of science degree in biology with a concentration in biology science education -- will provide classroom biology teachers with the tools they need "to meet the challenges of improving scientific literacy in today's increasingly technological world," according to Dr. Bonnie Lustigman, chair of MSU's Biology and Molecular Biology Department.
"For more than 20 years, MSU has awarded master's degrees in biology designed to satisfy the needs of a broad range of students," Lustigman said. "In recent years, we have come to realize that the needs of classroom teachers are specialized. Our new program addresses those needs: It will integrate biology content, science education, technology skills and pedagogy to enable teachers to address the challenges of science education for the rapidly advancing modern world."
The new program, which was approved by MSU's Board of Trustees in February and which starts in the fall, "is the Biology Department's response to the need of the community for biology teachers with an understanding of the new goals of science literacy and to requests by students interested in pursuing a master's degree in biology which would address the critical needs of science educators," Lustigman said.
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