This 23-credit 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 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.


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

  • enrolled in the BA or BS in Biology program
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • 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: 23

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

Teacher Licensure Coursework

EDRD 419Literacy in the Content Areas3
SEED 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
SEED 440Human Development, Learning, and Teaching3
SEED 473Teaching Science in the Secondary School3
SEED 483Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School3
SEED 491Internship Seminar in Secondary Teaching2
SEED 494Internship: Secondary Education Science (Mason Core)6
Total Credits23