2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in High School Biology (8-12) 33-37 credits

This program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial Teacher License in High School Biology (8-12) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

As early in the program as possible, and before the practicum, students must complete a 75-hour early field experience in a classroom appropriate to the license sought. In some cases, recent appropriate classroom experience may be used to document this requirement. (This is not a credit-bearing course, and there are no fees required.)

Program Prerequisite:  Completion of a college or university's requirements for a major in biology or have passed the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) in Biology

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Required Courses (27-31 credits):

All of the following required courses must be completed prior to EEDUC 7780, and many courses include field-based assignments; EEDUC 6206 may be taken concurrently with EEDUC 7780.

EEDUC 6203Principles of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in the Inclusive Secondary Classroom


EEDUC 6100Adolescent Development in the Context of Families, Communities, and Schools


EEDUC 6170Middle and High School Content Literacy


EEDUC 6166Classroom Assessment for Middle School and High School Teachers


EEDUC 6162Equity and Achievement: A Socio-Political Approach


EEDUC 6210Differentiated Instruction in Secondary Inclusive Classrooms


EEDUC 6215Effective Management of Secondary Inclusive Classrooms


EEDUC 6206Project-Based Inquiry Science Teaching in the High School


EEDUC 6207Making Learning Meaningful: Inquiry, Project-Based and Service Learning


EECLD 6116Sheltered English Instruction (5-12)


EECLD 6116 may be waived with state approved Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement. Total program credit variability only applies when EECLD 6116 is waived.

Practicum (6 credits):

Prerequisites: Successful completion of a 75-hour early field experience and required pre-practicum courses; satisfactory completion of appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) requirements. This full-time, full-semester experience is accompanied by a weekly seminar and requires a field experience fee.

EEDUC 7780Practicum and Seminar in Biology (8-12)