B.S./M.Ed. Five-year Degree in Biology (B.S.) and Secondary Education (M.Ed.)
This dual-degree program takes fives years to complete, and enables students to earn both the B.S. and M.Ed. degrees along with the state certification necessary to teach middle- and high-school grades. Numerous job opportunities are available for students interested in becoming science teachers in grades 6-12. In fact, in Illinois the need for science teachers is critical.
The dual-degree program is an appealing option because it offers greater opportunities for advancement and a higher salary base for the graduate than earning certification at the undergraduate level. Since completing both the B.S. degree and the secondary education certificate typically takes more than four years anyway, undergraduate secondary education students majoring in biology are encouraged to go ahead and continue through the master's program.