M.Ed. in Middle/Secondary Biology

Earn your degree and enhance the lives and education of today’s youth. Rivier's M.Ed. in Middle/Secondary Biology will help you become a well-rounded and certified middle/secondary teacher.

Why Study Middle/Secondary Biology at Rivier?

In Rivier’s Middle/Secondary Biology program, you’ll strengthen your mastery of academic content through best practices. Coursework in methodology and theory, education, and biology will transform you into a well-rounded and versatile teacher.

Rivier’s Middle/Secondary Biology program is designed for individuals who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in biology and who wish to complete the education coursework to be recommended for Initial Certification in secondary teaching Life Science.

In this program you will:

  • Become an effective educator and communicator
  • Connect theory with practice for classroom success
  • Develop your critical thinking and problem solving skills

Program of Study

This program requires a minimum of 39 credits, which includes coursework and field experiences.

Coursework in education, methodology, and theory spans a wide range of subjects—adolescent identity, curriculum development, technology, learning disabilities, classroom behavior management, advanced content area subjects, and more. Field experiences are embedded in relevant coursework, and the program culminates with a 14-week, six-credit internship.

Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.


With an education degree from Rivier, you will be eligible for certification in 40 states plus the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.

Upon completion of the M.Ed. in Middle/Secondary Biology program, you will have developed the skills and competencies listed in the New Hampshire State Department of Education Professional Standards for Teachers, grades 5/7–12.

Students seeking teacher certification must apply for licensure after successfully completing all program requirements. New Hampshire teacher licensure is not automatic with the completion of the internship.

Dr. Angela DeSilva Mousseau, Professor of Education, was granted a research award from the National Institute of Health to study the impact of stress on adolescents and young adults. Dr. Mousseau’s research continues to focus on adolescents and young adults. It is grounded in Positive Youth Development with a specific focus on how sense of purpose develops. Her research includes collaboration across multiple universities—including Boston College and Winngate University—and utilizes a mixed-methods research approach to studying the development of purpose.

Where Will Your Middle/Secondary Biology Degree Take You?

Graduates of this program are well-rounded academic leaders, prepared to work in a variety of professional and educational settings.


  • Middle school teachers
  • High school teachers
  • Curriculum developers
  • Corporate trainers
  • Learning center directors

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Prepare for a rewarding career with an M.Ed. in Middle/Secondary Biology from Rivier.