BS/MEd Five-Year Degree in Biology and Secondary Education
Students completing the 5-year dual degree program earn a BS in Biology from the College of Arts & Science and a Master’s degree in education (MEd) from the School of Education, plus fulfill requirements for an Illinois Professional Educator License with a biology endorsement in high school grades 9–12. Numerous job opportunities are available for students interested in becoming science teachers. In fact, in Illinois the need for science teachers is critical.
The dual-degree program is an appealing option because it offers greater opportunities for advancement and a higher salary base for the graduate than earning licensure at the undergraduate level. Since completing both the BS degree and the courses for a secondary education license typically takes more than four years, undergraduate secondary education students majoring in biology are offered this opportunity to complete both degrees in this accelerated program. Students interested in the 5-year dual degree program are encouraged to contact the School of Education as early as possible in their first 4 years to outline their course of study.