High school teachers from across the country can earn their Master of Science in Biology degree in two years through this hybrid program that combines deepening of life science content knowledge with progressive pedagogy and leadership projects.

The two-year program is designed to fit the schedules of working teachers. It consists of two summer institutes, three weeks each, in residence at Washington University. The remaining coursework during the two academic years is completed through distance learning. Summer housing is available for out of town students and included in the cost of the program. This program was developed with support from the National Science Foundation, and our graduates teach in classrooms across the nation.

Hear from Alumni

“It has had a bigger impact on my teaching than any of my undergrad and post-baccalaureate experiences.”

Ryan Lacson – Galena High School, Galena, Missouri

“The advantage that WashU has over other programs is that some of the courses are taught face-to-face. Besides doing more meaningful activities and labs, you also get to interact with fellow biology teachers and share ideas not just in the summer courses, but over the course of the school year as well.”

Tom Freeman – Esperanza High School, Anaheim, California

“I was awarded a $14,500 grant from the Toshiba America Foundation for a molecular biology and biotechnology project in my classroom. I found out about this opportunity from another teacher this summer, who had previously received a grant from Toshiba. Without the connections made between teachers this past summer, this would not have happened. The network of teachers is very powerful for sharing ideas and resources.”

Kathryn Davis – Hood River Valley High School, Hood River, Oregon

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