Biological Sciences Department
Steven Broyles, chair
Bowers Hall, Room 241
Adolescence Education: Science
Rena Janke, co-coordinator
Angela Pagano, co-coordinator
With your initial certification to teach biology in hand, you now have the challenge of meeting the New York State Education Department's requirements for professional certification. SUNY Cortland's M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: biology (7-12) will help you fulfill those requirements. Whether you choose to enroll in full-time or part-time graduate study, the degree will give you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the biological sciences and related fields while continuing to improve your teaching skills.
You'll enhance your knowledge in the sciences with graduate course work in biology, as well as with advanced study in chemistry, geology, and/or physics. You have two options for furthering your knowledge of adolescent learners and how to create and maintain a positive teaching-learning environment for science.
You will extend your teaching skills through exploration of emerging teaching methodologies and resources. You'll examine the social, historical, philosophical or psychological foundations of education.
You'll study the nature of the middle school adolescent learner and the teaching strategies that work best at that developmental level. With this option, you can earn a middle level extension of your grade 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for biology.
In addition to fulfilling any specific degree requirements determined by the Biological Sciences Department, you'll complete a culminating master's project.
Outdoor Education Facilities
Take advantage of SUNY Cortland's exceptional outdoor environmental resources, including Hoxie Gorge Nature Preserve at William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education — a 170-acre nature preserve located just seven miles from campus — and the W.H. Parks Family Outdoor Center, Raquette Lake, a residential facility in the Adirondacks.
With Option I, you'll qualify for SUNY Cortland's institutional recommendation for New York state's professional certificate for biology 7-12. With Option II, you'll qualify for an institutional recommendation of an extension of your 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for biology.
At the State University of New York College at Cortland we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.
- Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
- Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office indicating a major in biology or functionally related area. Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
- Evidence of pending or awarded initial/provisional certification or a certificate of qualification for provisional certification issued by the New York State Education Department to teach biology in grades 7-12.
- Three letters of recommendation from former professors or professional colleagues who can speak to the candidate's preparation and competence for teaching biology in grades 7-12 (submitted online with the application).
- New York State mandates that all SUNY teacher preparation programs adopt college entrance assessments for admissions consideration. Effective August 31, 2015 - anyone submitting an application for admission is required to submit scores for either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
Preference will be given to candidates with the following:
- An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).
- An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 and above on a 4.0 scale in all courses, in the major, and in related areas of science and mathematics.
- At least 30 credit hours of course work in the area of certification
Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1
Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check on availability.