Master of Education in Middle/Secondary Biology

The Master's of Education with conversion in middle/secondary teaching is designed for individuals who hold a minimum of a baccalaureate 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. 

Graduates are well-rounded teachers, prepared to work effectively with students, parents, and colleagues to help children get the best education possible.

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. Click the View Curriculum icon above for required courses.

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.

Facilities and Resources
Rivier’s Education Center is one of the finest facilities of its kind in northern New England. The Education Center houses the Cho Educational Resource Center, an extensive K-12 curriculum library with recently published textbooks, educational software, a parenting resource center, a children’s literature collection, videos, and more. The Education Center also includes counseling rooms with one-way observation windows.

Regina Library offers access to reference materials such as journals and online databases to support student research and learning outside the classroom.

With a Rivier education degree, graduates 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. Students completing the M.Ed. in Middle/Secondary Education 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.)

Department of Education
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Education.


M.Ed. in Middle/Secondary Education graduates can pursue leadership roles as:

  • Grades 5/7-12 middle/high school teachers
  • Curriculum developers
  • Corporate trainers
  • Learning center directors
  • and other related positions

Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with resume development and career planning, and job search information. For a complete list of CDC resources, .