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 rita.hagevik@uncp.edu.

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