Biology and Adolescence Education (BS/MST)

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Want to Be a High School Biology Teacher?

Share your love of science with the next generation. With an increased focus on STEM, science teachers are in very high demand. With this dual degree, you will be ready to excel in the classroom in just 5 years!

Why Study Biology and Adolescence Education at Iona?

In just five years — instead of the six it would typically take — you’ll earn a BS in Biology, an MST in Adolescence Education, as well as your New York State Initial teaching certification.

You will learn from dedicated Biology and Education faculty, who have first-hand experience as scientists, researchers, teachers, principals, and school superintendents. They will become your mentors, field placement supervisors, career advisers, and advocates as they help you move successfully from our campus to a classroom of your own.

What You'll Learn

You will gain a deep understanding of biology and learn how to share your knowledge with students in grades 7-12. You will learn the practical skills of setting up and managing a classroom, developing and presenting effective lesson plans.

You will be pushed to think outside the box, learning concepts and ideas that will take you to the next level as a student, biologist and teacher.

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Program Highlights

Earn Teaching Certification

During your MST coursework in the final year of the program, you’ll gain real experience through a student teaching placement. You’ll also earn your New York State Initial teaching certification so you’re ready to lead your own classroom immediately.

Fieldwork Opportunities

Our faculty and base of 45,000+ successful alumni have developed strong partnerships with area schools, which allows us to place you in a variety of field placement and student-teaching experiences!

Research Opportunities

You will have opportunities to work with our faculty on research projects that will enhance your scientific skills and knowledge, and open a world of career opportunities!

Careers & Outcomes

The BS/MST degree is designed to launch you right into a career in secondary education. The BS in Biology also gives you the technical skills and fundamental knowledge to succeed in industry, research, business and more, should you want to explore different career options!

Our Education graduates have found placements with:

New Rochelle High School
Yonkers Public Schools
Mount Vernon STEAM Academy
Mamaroneck High School
Eastchester Public Schools

Application Requirements

Students with sophomore standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher may apply for dual degree programs.