Biology 6–12 Licensure Undergraduate Certificate
Biology teachers, in particular, play an important role in developing the next generation of doctors, nurses, life scientists, and engineers. Their passion for conveying knowledge and an appreciation for living things helps students understand how organisms are connected to each other and to their environments.
This 23-credit certificate is available only to students pursuing a BA or BS in biology. Students who complete both the bachelor's degree and this certificate will be eligible for initial Virginia licensure in secondary education 6–12 with an endorsement in biology.
What Are the Benefits of Completing This Certificate?
- Turn your passion into a high school or middle school student’s favorite subject by completing a state-approved program for Virginia teacher licensure in secondary education.
- Complete clinical experiences in one of 18 partner schools—know and be known in your school as you learn to be a teacher.
- Work with dedicated school- and university-based teacher educators committed to your success as a new teacher.
- Leave our program with the tools to bring about meaningful change through education by learning to focus on social justice, advocacy, and teacher leadership.
- Includes both on-campus and online courses.
- On-campus courses are held at Mason’s Fairfax campus.
- A 6-credit internship is required.
George Mason University will verify completion of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.
This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.
Teacher Licensure Coursework
- EDRD 419: Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credits)
- SEED 422: Foundations of Secondary Education (3 credits)
- SEED 440: Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (3 credits)
- SEED 473: Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3 credits)
- SEED 483: Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School (3 credits)
- SEED 491: Internship Seminar in Secondary Teaching (2 credits)
- SEED 494: Internship: Secondary Education Science (6 credits)
(classes starting in August)
(classes starting in January)
(classes starting in May, June, or July)
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For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
|CEHD Course Fee
($25/credit with higher per credit or flat course fees for internship and select ATEP, PRLS, and RECR courses)
|$25.00 - $250.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$583.40 - $808.40|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$1,590.25 - $1,815.25|
|Undergraduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
|$350 | $275 for transfer students|
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.
To ensure you are on track to successfully complete your program, at least once per semester you should meet with at least one member of the SEED (Secondary Education) advising team:
- Your SEED Faculty Advisor
- The SEED Lead Advisor
- The SEED Program Coordinator
- The Undergraduate Pre-Education Academic Advisor/Bachelor's Accelerated Master's (BAM) Coordinator, and/or
- Your Mason Undergraduate Academic Advisor
These advisors can do more than simply help you understand your program requirements; they can connect you to university resources that can aid in your success and can help you find ways to become engaged in learning outside of the classroom.
SEED English Faculty Advisor and Program Coordinator
Kristien Zenkov, PhD
SEED Science Faculty Advisor
Erin Peters-Burton, PhD
SEED Lead Advisor
Andrew Porter, PhD
Undergraduate Pre-Education Academic Advisor/Bachelor's Accelerated Master's (BAM) Coordinator
Ms. Kerri Marianos