Washington University in St. Louis set to offer new master's degree in biology next yearWashington University in St. Louis will begin offering a master’s degree in science for biology teachers in 2011, after the recent pilot program tested well, reports the school’s website.

This course of study is designed for teaching professionals who already have experience in the field and want to upgrade their degree. The two-year program consists of two on-campus summer sessions, and the remaining coursework is intended to be completed through the student’s academic school year.

School officials told the news source that students in the program can continue to work with professors throughout the summer through online courses by using social media to develop a professional networking group.

“Working with colleagues is an especially powerful support for teachers, who can feel isolated in the classroom,” Victoria L. May, assistant dean at the university, told the news source. “The MS in biology program facilitates interaction among teachers, which we know can encourage change in classroom practice and growth as a professional.”

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, biology teachers who have obtained a master’s degree can earn average annual salaries of $64,700.

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