Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

BS/MEd Five-year Degree in Biology and Secondary Education

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Overview

Students completing the 5-year dual degree program earn a BS in Biology from the College of Arts & Science and a Master’s degree in education (MEd) from the School of Education, plus fulfill requirements for an Illinois Professional Educator License with a biology endorsement in high school grades 9–12. Numerous job opportunities are available for students interested in becoming science teachers. 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 BS 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.  Students interested in the 5-year dual degree program are encouraged to contact the School of Education as early as possible in their first 4 years to outline their course of study.

Program benefits

  • Earn both degrees together in less time than it would take if pursued separately.
  • Gain broad perspective through a multidisciplinary curriculum.
  • Get real-world classroom experience in diverse settings through Loyola partnerships with schools and communities.
  • Earn a certificate to teach worldwide through the International Baccalaureate Organization.
  • Gain extensive deep experiences engaging with diverse populations, including students with special needs and those labeled as English language learners (all graduates are eligible for ESL endorsement).

Tuition Support

Loyola University Chicago has received a multi-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program to provide tuition support to students in our science and mathematics degree programs. Learn more about this excellent opportunity here.

Next steps for Current Loyola Undergraduate Biology Majors

Next steps for Prospective Students

The Teaching and Learning Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is given for outstanding contributions to the profession and the school. It is presented annually at the Loyola School of Education’s Fall Alumni Reception.