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This 27-credit undergraduate certificate is available only to students pursuing a BA or BS in Biology. Students who complete both the BA or BS in Biology and this undergraduate certificate will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Biology.

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


Students applying for this undergraduate certificate as a secondary program must have satisfied the following requirements:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • passing scores on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) prescribed entry assessment
  • an official College of Education and Human Development review of discipline-specific content competencies coursework
    (note: a minimum grade of C (2.00) must have been attained in such coursework completed at Mason).

See website for more information on the admissions process.

Prior to application for internship, students are required to complete all discipline-specific content competency requirements, pass licensure assessments, and have earned a grade of B (3.00) or better in all licensure coursework.

Banner Code: E1-CERB-SEEB

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 27

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework

Coursework is additional to discipline-specific content competencies coursework satisfied with the core requirements of the major either for the BA or BS in Biology.

Human Anatomy/Physiology
BIOL 430Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
or BIOL 431 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Total Credits4

Teacher Licensure Coursework

EDCI 473Teaching Science in the Secondary School3
EDCI 483Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School3
EDCI 490Student Teaching in Education (Mason Core)6
EDCI 491Internship Seminar in Secondary Training2
EDRD 419Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDUC 372Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)3
EDUC 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
Total Credits23