Graduate Certificate in Biology Education

The Boston University School of Education offers a Graduate Certificate program for qualified post-baccalaureate students who are interested in receiving Initial Licensure in Biology, Grades 8–12. Students who are successful in completing this program will develop the knowledge and skills necessary as a beginning teacher of Biology, Grades 8–12. Specifically, the learning outcomes are as follows:

  • Demonstrate advanced pedagogical content knowledge exceeding the requirements to earn initial grade level licensure in biology
  • Plan effective curriculum by designing evidence-based units and lesson plans that support students of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, strengths, and challenges using principles of differentiation and universal design
  • Identify and practice a variety of research-based teaching methods and strategies associated with effective science education that promote inquiry and scientific ways of thinking and knowing
  • Integrate the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in theory and practice such that students in their classes are actively involved in learning opportunities that facilitate (1) understanding of science concepts, (2) student identities as learners of science, and (3) appreciation of scientific practices and crosscutting concepts
  • Collect and apply evidence to accurately assess student performance
  • Demonstrate classroom leadership through the establishment of a classroom culture that facilitates teaching, learning, and collaboration through implementation of research-based practices that build effective relationships with students
  • Demonstrate professionalism in interactions with colleagues, students, and families

For those students successful in completing all the courses and practica in this certificate program, the School of Education provides a recommendation for licensure to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Office of Educator Licensure. Students must also apply directly to the DESE and are required to take additional tests (Massachusetts Test for Educational Licensures [MTELs]) to secure licenses.

Requirements for licensure as a teacher of Biology, Grades 8–12 are listed below. Please note, prior coursework may be submitted for review to determine equivalency. If determined to be equivalent, required courses listed may be waived as a part of the certificate program.

Total credits: 26

  • CT 534 Classroom Management (2 cr)
  • DS 502 Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • TL 525 Sheltered English Immersion (4 cr)
  • SE 510 Special Education (2 cr)
  • SC 575 Introduction to Science Education Theory and Practice with Pre-Practicum (2 cr)
  • SC 570 Science Methods (4 cr)
  • SC 576 Pre-Practicum (2 cr)
  • SC 509/510: Practicum (Student Teaching) with Seminar (8 cr)