B.S./M.Ed. Five-year Degree in Biology (B.S.) and Secondary Education (M.Ed.)
This dual-degree program takes five years to complete, and enables students to earn both the B.S. and M.Ed. degrees along with the state licensure 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 licensure at the undergraduate level. Since completing both the B.S. degree and the courses for a secondary education license typically takes more than four years, undergraduate secondary education students majoring in biology are offered this opportunity to complete both degrees in this accelerated program.