Become a high school biology teacher: In this five-year program you'll earn a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in secondary education
In Loyola's accelerated master's degree program for science teachers, you'll earn your undergraduate degree in biology and a graduate degree in teaching grades 9-12, plus an Illinois teaching license in secondary education. You'll qualify for a higher salary with a graduate degree, and be able to earn both degrees more quickly than if you enrolled in the two programs separately. Plus, there is a high need for science teachers across Illinois.
Upon graduation with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a master of education degree in secondary education from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to teach science in grades 9-12.
You'll develop a deep understanding of both content and pedagogy to provide developmentally appropriate instruction to all students. Plus, you'll have multiple opportunities to engage with diverse populations, including students with special needs and those labeled as English language learners.
You'll have accrued the equivalent of one year of full-time teaching experience through all the hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in Chicago's classrooms and community organizations, so you will be ready to be at the head of your own classroom. With the foundational knowledge from your Loyola education, you will utilize theories, data, and research practices when making decisions in your classroom and for your students and when assessing the effectiveness of teaching on learning.
As a Loyola-trained educator, you'll emphasize the importance of each of your students as an individual. You'll have high expectations for your students and values the experiences of diverse students. And you'll have the tools and training to address societal issues like inequitable resources and institutional barriers to success for all.
Our dedicated Teaching and Learning Faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program.
Students are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences for the first four years, working to complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in biology, as well prerequisites for Loyola’s Graduate Teacher Preparation program. Students may begin the required sequence of classes for the MEd in Secondary Education starting in their junior or senior year. They will also formally apply to the School of Education prior to their fifth year. The remainder of required education courses, including student teaching, are completed in the fifth year.
Please note that the MEd includes at least one summer session. Depending on your financial aid package, it is possible to get summer aid for the graduate courses.
Students work under the guidance of the Education Senior Academic Advisor to outline a specific course of study to fulfill all requirements. The timing of the education courses in the fourth and fifth years can vary depending on each student’s particular needs. The number of courses taken each term can vary depending on the plan developed.
Interested in applying? Check out the Five-Year BA/MEd in Biology and Secondary Education application requirements.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships
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In addition, the School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable. You can learn more on the Financial Assistance page.