Biology Licensure Program (6-12)
M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only.
Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
Instructions: Residential/On Campus
Virginia Tech offers a Secondary Science Education teacher licensure program in which candidates earn a Master of Arts in Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The Secondary Science Education program is nationally accredited and is approved for licensure in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics (grades 6-12).The MAED Science Education Licensure Program includes coursework in educational foundations, science teaching pedagogy, special education, instructional technology, content area reading, and history/philosophy of science.
Why choose this program?
The Virginia Tech Science Education Program is designed to prepare science educators for teaching science through inquiry processes where students apply their knowledge in real world contexts. Teachers also learn how to facilitate the development of learning environments that motivate and inspire students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our science education program is dedicated to preparing scientifically and technologically literate students who can make positive contributions in the world.
What You'll Study
The MAED Science Education Licensure Program includes coursework in educational foundations, science teaching pedagogy, special education, instructional technology, content area reading, history/philosophy of science, and STEM/robotics. The program includes a field experience in schools during the fall semester and a student teaching internship during the spring semester. Students admitted to the program are required to complete all science content requirements and 12 hours of education coursework before beginning the field experience in the fall.
The normal course load for the 39-hour MAED program is 12 hours per semester and 6 hours/summer session. Students beginning the program as dual status may take one or more courses during the academic semester. Students must complete 12 hours of professional education courses and all science content course requirements for licensure prior to the fall field experience. The Praxis II exam must be passed prior to student teaching in the spring.
- EDEP 5154 Psych Found. of Educ. for Pre-service Teachers (3 hrs)
- EDCI 5554 Educ. Exceptional Learners Across the Lifespan (3 hrs)
- EDCI 5264 Comp. Processes and Reading in the Content Areas (3 hrs)
- EDCI 5104 Schooling in American Society (3 hrs)
- EDCI 4454: Engineering, Leadership/Management (Elective for Physics Licensure Students) (3 hrs)
- EDCI 4024 Humanizing the K-12 Classroom (Elective with Service Learning) (3 hrs)
- EDCI 5854 Biotechnology Literacy by Design (3 hours)
- PRAXIS II in Content area (pass before student teaching)
- Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (pass before student teaching)
- EDCI 5724 Tchg in Middle & Secondary School I: Science (3 hrs)
- EDCI 5364 Technology in the Science Classroom (3 hrs)
- EDCI 5374 Assessment in K-12 Science Education (3 hrs)
- EDCI 5964 Field Studies in Education (3 hrs)
- STS 5205 Main Themes in the History of Science and Technology (3 hrs) (Required if not taken as undergraduate)
EDCI 5744 Tchg in Middle & Secondary School II: Science (3 hrs)
EDCI 5754 Internship in Education (9 hrs)
MAED Comprehensive Exam (electronic portfolio)
Learn about the full licensure requirements.
Professional Education and Licensure (Information on licensure, praxis, scholarships, electronic portfolios, and field placements)
This graduate program leads to licensure in middle and secondary science (biology, grades 6-12). The program includes a field experience in schools during the fall semester and a student teaching internship during the spring semester. Graduates of this program will earn a Master of Arts in Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Science.
- Prospective students should apply to the Graduate School at Virginia Tech.
- A 3.00 GPA for regular admission status or 2.75 GPA for provisional status is required (last 60 hours of coursework).
- Two letters of reference that address your academic ability and teaching potential are required.
- Students should also submit a Science Content Preparation Checklist for your subject area. This content check worksheet should be submitted by potential students with the other application materials. It is used for analysis of coursework for licensure and can be used by potential applicants to check on the completion of all requirements.
- Students must pass Praxis II test in their specific science content area(s) and the Virginia Communication and Literacy (VCLA) prior to student teaching in the spring. The required Praxis II Content Knowledge test will depend on the endorsement sought and the test codes are as follows (paper/computer-based); Biology (0235/5235).
- Visit this page for more testing info.
Virginia Tech students may be considered for dual status admission during the last semester of undergraduate coursework (3.0 GPA required) or in the Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Program during their last 12 months of undergraduate coursework (3.3 GPA or above required). Students beginning the graduate program in the spring semester as dual status or regular status will normally complete the program in a fifth year following graduation from undergraduate programs. If space permits, students may be admitted in the summer for a 15-month program or in the fall for a two-year program. Application deadline is November 15 for spring admission, March 15 for summer admission, and April 15 for fall admission. For application inquiries, please contact:
Applying as an International Student
The Graduate School requires that all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents demonstrate English proficiency to ensure they enter the university with sufficient English skills necessary to function in a graduate program. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score is the most common way international applicants demonstrate English proficiency. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (IBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859. See this page if you qualify for an English language proficiency test waiver.
Visit this page for more information on how to apply, including requirements, deadlines, and what you'll need in detail.
There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.
Spring: November 15
Summer I & II: March 15*
Fall: April 15*
*To be eligible for SOE scholarships, apply before February 1.
*M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction