5-Year Program with Certification in Biological Science Education (K-12)

    Program Overview

    The 5-year program with teacher certification in K-12 biological science education is designed to help students deepen their understanding of the learning and teaching of biological sciences, with a focus on inquiry-based teaching that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Successful completion of the program will lead to a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree in science education, and initial teacher certification in biological science education. The program curriculum will provide students with exposure to fundamental courses related to education, including the Urban Social Justice Core classes, as well as program-specific coursework related to teaching biology at the middle and high school levels. 

    To complete the program in 5 years, undergraduate students must complete specific pre-admission coursework and field placements during their sophomore and junior years. Students then apply for the 5-year program before the Spring semester of their junior year and if admitted, enter the professional education sequence in the summer before senior year. After senior year, students qualify to have their bachelor’s degree awarded by the undergraduate liberal arts college and continue with the professional sequence in the summer after graduation. Students will return in the fall to complete a full-time student-teaching internship and continue with full-time graduate study, including a field-based research project in the spring. 

    After the master’s degree is awarded, the GSE will make a recommendation to the New Jersey State Department of Education on behalf of the graduate to receive their Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) as a teacher.

    For more information about this program:

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Feb 1 of Junior Year

    Entry Term(s)

    Summer

    Program Level

    Masters

    Program Type

    Bachelor's Degree Master's Degree + Teacher Certification

    Format

    On-campus

    Credits

    56

  • What You’ll Learn

    Graduates of the 5-Year Program with Certification in Biological Science Education (K-12) will develop a view of science as a knowledge building enterprise and understand the scientific practices of scientific inquiry in life science. They will become proficient with the mandated state and national science standards. Importantly, graduates will  know how to develop biology instruction that is equitable and that enhances students’ agency in using science personally and in their community. In addition, they will develop the knowledge and skills needed to integrate technology into classroom instruction to promote meaningful student learning.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements
    • 20 Undergraduate Course Credits
      • 6.5 Credits – Completed Pre-admission in Sophomore or Junior Year
      • 6.5 Credits – Completed in the Fall of Senior Year
      • 10 Credits – Completed in the Spring of Senior Year
    • 2 no-credit Course Modules – Completed in the Summer Before Senior Year
    • 36 Graduate Course Credits
      • 6 Credits – Completed in the Summer Before the 5th Year
      • 15 Credits – Completed in the Fall of the 5th Year
      • 12 Credits – Completed in the Spring of the 5th Year
    • Portfolio
      • Students will archive artifacts from various GSE courses via an online instructional and evaluation system as directed by faculty

    Graduates are expected to complete the required course sequence and satisfy their general education requirements and liberal arts credits, as well as complete HIB training, an edTPA performance-based assessment, and their portfolio concurrently through completion of their coursework.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    With a growing awareness for the importance of scientific inquiry and science, technology, engineering and math (STEAM) education programs, graduates exiting this program may go on to pursue employment as an education practitioner, consultant, curriculum specialist, or administrator in a range of education- and science-based settings. They may also go on to fulfill advisory and consulting roles in the government, environmental, and nonprofit sectors.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Passing Praxis Core Test Scores*
      • or Minimum-Passing SAT Scores*
      • or Minimum-Passing ACT Scores*
      • or Minimum-Passing GRE Scores*
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
      • Every candidate for certification in Biological Science Education must complete a full major in a life science (animal science, biotechnology, biological science, cell biology and neuroscience, ecology and natural resources, environmental science [life science option], food science, genetics and microbiology, marine science [life science option], molecular biology, nutritional sciences, plant science, physiology). Regardless of the major chosen, at least 30 credits of coursework in the life sciences must be included.
      • The New Jersey Department of Education requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to a teacher education program

    *Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline

  • How to Apply
    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
  • Tuition & Financial Assistance

    Tuition

    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.

    Financial Aid:

    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:

    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible. 

    To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

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