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Master of Arts for Teachers in Biology
Collaborative Online Degree

Master of Arts for Teachers in Biology

Online Degree

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU South Bend, IU Bloomington, IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the program.

The IU Online Master of Arts for Teachers in Biology combines coursework in education and biology to prepare you to be a dual-credit instructor at the high school and community college levels.

The educational component of the program teaches you how to apply the science and art of teaching to college-level instruction. Coursework covers instruction and curriculum, assessment, diversity and inclusive teaching, and research.

As a student in the biology component of the program, you study the nature of living organisms at an advanced level. You gain the ability to break down and analyze biological concepts for an undergraduate audience, the ability to develop and analyze hypotheses and experiments, a fluency with scientific literature, and a richer understanding of biology in the natural world around us.

Specific areas of focus include:

  • Evolution
  • Molecular and cellular biology, including biochemistry, cell biology, molecular and macromolecular biology, immunology, bioinformatics, and molecular genetics
  • Organismal biology, including developmental biology, neurobiology, field zoology, marine community ecology, animal nutrition, ornithology, horticulture, and ecology

Of Special Interest for Teachers/Instructors Needing to Meet HLC Dual-Credit Standards

The stackable structure of the MAT in Biology is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in biology to hold either a master's degree in biology or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you need both discipline-specific coursework and a master's degree, the MAT in Biology meets HLC standards.
  • If you already hold a master's degree in a discipline other than biology, you can meet HLC standards by completing the Graduate Certificate in Biology.


To be accepted to this program, you must have

  • A bachelor's degree

To apply to this program:

You must have completed two courses from the Graduate Certificate in Biology with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0.

MAT Requirements (30 cr.)

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.

Course Requirements (30 cr.)
Core Course (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-T 570 Evolution

Molecular-Cellular Electives (6 cr.)

Select two from the following:

  • BIOL-T 571 Introductory Biochemistry
  • BIOL-T 572 Cell Biology
  • BIOL-T 573 Macromolecular Structure and Interaction
  • BIOL-T 574 The Immune System and Disease
  • BIOL-T 575 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL-T 576 Bioinformatics: Theory and Application
  • BIOL-T 577 Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Organismal Electives (6 cr.)

Select two from the following:

  • BIOL-T 580 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL-T 581 Neurobiology
  • BIOL-T 582 Advanced Field Zoology
  • BIOL-T 583 Programs in Genetics-Higher Organisms
  • BIOL-T 584 Marine Community Ecology
  • BIOL-T 585 Model Organisms in Research
  • BIOL-T 586 Principles of Ornithology
  • BIOL-T 587 Ornithology
  • BIOL-T 588 Horticultural Plants: Biotechnology, Physiology, and Development
  • BIOL-T 589 Ecology

Capstone Course (3 cr.)

Select one from the following:

  • BIOL-T 585 Model Organisms in Research
  • BIOL-T 590 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature
  • BIOL-T 591 History of Life
  • BIOL-T 592 Social Implications of Biology

Education Component (12 cr.)
  • EDUC-J 500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum
  • EDUC-P 507 Assessment in Schools
  • EDUC-H 520 Education and Social Issues
  • EDUC-Y 520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry

Academic Bulletins

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2022-2023 Campus Bulletin
2021-2022 Campus Bulletin
2020-2021 Campus Bulletin
2019-2020 Campus Bulletin
2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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