Biological Sciences- Master of Arts in Teaching

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The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the Biological Sciences is a part-time, non-thesis master’s program designed for formal and informal educators who already hold teaching licensure. The program is cooperatively offered by Project Dragonfly and the Departments of Biology and Microbiology. The MAT has two main programs: the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) and the Global Field Program (GFP).  The master’s is designed to be completed in 2.5 years.

This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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Program Requirements

(35 semester hours)

AIP Master Institution W+ courses or Earth Expeditions international field courses21
Core web-based courses, including:14
MAT's Leadership in Science Inquiry course and requirement
MAT's Professional Media Workshop course and requirement
MAT's Master's Capstone course, including development of a teaching/work portfolio
Total Credit Hours35

The MAT program graduate committee must approve the academic program for students.

MAT students are required to complete a teaching portfolio adaptable for National Board Certification requirements. Degree candidates can focus portfolio work in a region (e.g., Africa, Pacific Northwest, etc.) or on a theme (e.g., environmental education).

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