The department offers non-degree training to supplement a Biology Ph.D. program.
Multidisciplinary and Affiliated Programs
Master of Arts for Teachers of Biology (M.A.T.)
The Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.) in Biology is offered by the Graduate School (not the School of Education) to provide training beyond the baccalaureate degree for those intending to teach in junior or senior high school and who want additional training in biology.
Each candidate for the degree must possess a teacher's certificate by the time the degree is conferred, with the exception of foreign students who intend to return to their native country.
To apply, candidates should apply online through the University Graduate School.
Be sure to select the Department of Biology, and check the "MAT" box. Applicants for this program should have an A.B. or B.S. with a major in biological sciences from an accredited college, or the B.S. degree in Education with biology as a teaching specialty.
All applicants wishing to be considered for admission should submit Graduate Record Examination results, including both the aptitude tests and the advanced test in biology.
To obtain an M.A.T degree 36 graduate-level credit hours are required, with a minimum of 25 hours must in biological sciences, and 11 remaining hours that may include courses in education. There are no required courses in education beyond those needed for certification.
For the 25 credit hours in biology, courses at the 300 and 400 level may be taken if they are listed in the Graduate School Bulletin. All courses to be used for the M.A.T. program must be approved by the Program Adviser. The current Program Adviser is Professor Armin Moczek.
An effort will be made to balance course background in ecology, evolution, behavior, as well as molecular, cellular, and microbial biology. If the candidate is not already certified at the time of admission, care must be taken to include all courses (biology and education) required for provisional certification.
The M.A.T. candidate who already has a provisional teacher's certificate at admission may wish to include in the elective hours the necessary education courses for conversion to a professional certificate. For information regarding transfer of graduate credit from other institutions, consult the current Graduate School Bulletin.
If the candidate's undergraduate program did not include certification, the necessary courses in education may be included in the 11 elective hours allotted in the M.A.T. degree requirements. Note, however, that more than 11 credit hours in education will be required if no education courses were included in the candidate's undergraduate program since, at present, 27 credit hours in education (including the 9 credit hours of student teaching) are required for certification. This raises the total credit requirement for the M.A.T. degree from the 36 to 52 hours, since at least 16 of the 27 credit hours in education must be taken in addition to the 36 credit hour requirement for the M.A.T. degree.
Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin of the School of Education for a complete list of the courses in education and other areas which are required for provisional certification. Completing the Secondary Transition-to-Teaching program may be a good option for some candidates.
Consult also the discussion of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts for Teachers in the early pages of the Graduate School Bulletin for a list of graduate level education courses which may substitute for certain undergraduate education courses required for provisional certification.