Graduate Programs

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The Biology Department offers the graduate programs, in cooperation with the Chemistry and Physics and Geology and Geography Departments, leading to a:

1) Master of Arts (M.A.) in Science Education and a

2) Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in Science Education

Graduate degrees available include a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Science Education – Comprehensive, a M.A. degree in Biology Education, and a M.A. degree in Middle Level Science (grades 6 –9). An M.A. degree in Science Education, non-licensure concentration, is available for those who do not wish to earn a teaching license. For example, those who have careers in community colleges or other non-formal settings such as museums, aquaria, nature centers, etc.

For those who already have a bachelor’s degree or are in the process of completing one in science or a related field, you can earn a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT degree) in only 30 graduate credit hours or approximately three semesters of graduate work in middle grades (6-8) or in high school (9-12) science teaching. This degree will give you an initial teaching license in teaching science and a master’s degree in science teaching. This degree WILL NOT qualify you to teach in a community college setting. If your goal is to teach in a community college then you will need to obtain the M.A. degree in Science Education (license or non-licensure).

Need more information? Contact the Director of Graduate Programs in Science Education, Dr. Rita Hagevik at

Apply today! Or for additional information and to apply, see the Graduate School at UNCP.