Are you a high school teacher looking to boost your qualifications to teach dual credit courses in biology?

Our M.S. Ed. program offers a concentration in biology that provides coursework for high school teachers seeking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this field in order to satisfy Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirements for instructors of dual credit courses. The program requires 30-credit hours of graduate level work.

It meets the required accreditation outcomes, prepares candidates with required research skills, guarantees that curriculum needs are met and adds the recognition of a concentration in biology to the M.S.Ed. degree.

required courses

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

Core Courses
12 credit hours

  • EDUC-H 520 - Education and Social Issues
  • EDUC-P 507 - Assessment in Schools
  • EDUC-S 518 - Advanced Study in the Teaching of Secondary School Science
  • EDUC-S 590 - Research in Secondary Education

For a degree checksheet associated with the Biology concentration, please contact the School of Education at

Content Area Courses
18 credit hours

  • BIOL-L 500 - Independent Study (0-12 credit hours)
  • BIOL-L 501 - Independent Study Rotations (1-6 credit hours)
  • BIOL-L 563 - Topics in Life Science (can be repeated with variable titles) (1-6 credit hours)
  • BIOL-L 564 - Topics in Life Science Techniques(can be repeated with variable titles) (1-4 credit hours)
  • BIOL-L 579 - Community Ecology
  • BIOL-T - Coded courses as recommended by Biology Program Coordinator
  • Other biology graduate level courses as approved by the biology program advisor in the School of Natural Sciences


Educational Requirements Advising

For advising on education courses and dual credit teaching requirements, contact Dr. Donna Albrecht

Biology Requirements Advising

For concentration in biology requirements, contact Dr. Pamela Connerly, Coordinator of Biology Programs in the School of Natural Sciences.



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Dr. Donna Albrecht

Director of Graduate Studies School of Education
Director of New Neighbors Center
Professor, and Coordinator of Gifted, Talented and High Ability Program

Hillside Hall 20B
Phone: (812) 941-2594

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Dr. Beth Rueschhoff

Associate Professor of Biology

Life Sciences 316
Phone: (812) 941-2027

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