• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    30
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $320.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $450.00

Biology, MAT

Master Of Arts For Teachers

How you benefit

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 covers instruction and curriculum, assessment, diversity and inclusive teaching, and research. Learn how to apply the science and art of teaching to college-level instruction. 

The biology component of the program covers the nature of living organisms at an advanced level. 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.

What you study

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   

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. 

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The stackable structure of the MAT in Biology is ideal for high school and community college educators wanting to teach dual-credit courses, or for high school educators wanting to teach at the community college level. This program is designed to help you 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 earn the MAT in Biology, you must complete 30 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core course (3 credit hours) 
  • Molecular-cellular electives (6 credit hours) 
  • Organismal electives (6 credit hours) 
  • Capstone course (3 credit hours) 
  • Education component (12 credit hours) 

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

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree 

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

To apply to this program:

You must have completed two courses from the Graduate Certificate in Biology with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. 

Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1

Spring semester: Jan 1

Summer 1 semester: May 1

Summer 2 semester: Jun 15 

Core

Sample courses for the MAT in Biology include the following:

BIOL-T 570Evolution3 Credits
BIOL-T 574Immunology3 Credits
BIOL-T 576Bioinformatics: Theory and Application3 Credits
BIOL-T 582Advanced Field Zoology3 Credits
BIOL-T 587Ornithology3 Credits
BIOL-T 590Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature3 Credits
BIOL-T 591History of Life3 Credits
EDUC-H 520Social Issues in Education3 Credits
EDUC-J 500Instruction in the Context of Curriculum3 Credits
EDUC-Y 520Strategies for Educational Inquiry3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $320.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $960.00
Note: 

-Additional fees will apply. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $450.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1350.00