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The Department of Biological Sciences offers the Master of Science in General Biology for secondary school teachers, also known as the Teachers in Biology (TIB) Program. This program is designed for high school teachers and for those who combine biology with education such as ecology, microbiology, evolutionary biology and biotechnology.

Program highlights:

  • Successful completion of the program enables teachers from most states to obtain a higher certification or pay scale and/or an endorsement.
  • This M.S. degree is 33 semester hours and can be earned in two years.
  • The final Capstone course is hosted on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.
What are some potential careers?

Careers may include teaching dual enrollment classes with a current teaching license or instructing at the community college level.

Who should pursue this degree?

If you want to earn a science endorsement to specialize as a biology teacher or pursue other biology-related careers such as community college instructor, and more, then this program is for you.

“I decided to pursue this degree for many reasons. The first being that I am a teacher, and I want to be able to provide my students with as many opportunities as possible which includes offering dual credit classes in science. In our high school, dual credit is offered for every subject except science, and I wanted to be able to offer it as well. Secondly, the pay increase would be much appreciated as education is not the highest paying profession out there. Lastly, I chose Mississippi State because it was one of only a few places where I could get my degree without leaving my job and going back to college full time. The price for attending is also much cheaper than all the other programs I researched.”

Rachael Walker, Moberly, MO

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