Career Overview

Master of Arts, Science Education (Biological Science, 5-12)

“You’re alive and you want to stay alive, and your health is the essential foundation for everything else, so clearly our biology is the fundamental substrate for our human-specific functions."
— PZ Myers,  American Scientist and Associate Professor of Biology
Career Overview: BIOLOGY TEACHER

As a highly qualified biology teacher, you'll be ready to play a critical role in students' development. As more high school biology teachers retire, schools are having difficulty finding and hiring qualified educators to fill those roles. With the right credentials, relevant experience, and a passion for biological science, you'll be well positioned for a prosperous career as a middle or high school biology teacher. The Master's in Arts in Science Education, Biological Science, is a program designed to equip already-licensed teachers who hold bachelor's degrees with secondary certification to teach high school biology.

There are job opportunities in schools all over the United States for both middle school (5–9) and high school (5–12) teachers; it's up to you to add relevant credentials to your resume. Online education is an ideal option for professionals seeking career advancement while they continue to honor their current work and personal commitments.

Job Listing Growth

2014 - 2024

Career Opportunities

Schools across the U.S. are in need of qualified biology teachers to educate and inspire young adults about plant and animal life. If you're a licensed teacher with an interest in natural sciences, chemistry, and biological sciences, perhaps the vital role of high school biology teacher is the perfect fit for you.

A Master of Arts in Science Education with a specialization in biology is the next step in preparing you to teach high school biology. If your professional instincts are telling you that it's time to play a more significant role in the lives of teen learners, take your career to the next level by becoming a high school biology teacher.

Though most educators pursue a career in the classroom, some teachers obtain an advanced degree so they can move into other educational roles. Your specialized training in the field will prepare you for other positions like:

Positions in the Field

  • Curriculum Developer
  • School Counselor
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • School Administrator
  • Subject Area Specialist
  • Testing Director
Job Market Forecast

Job Growth

2014 - 2024

The job market for biology teachers with master's degrees is healthy; as high school teachers retire, schools are seeking qualified professionals to replace them.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by region.

Job opportunities vary by location and school setting. Opportunities are likely to be better in in urban and rural school districts than in suburban school districts.

Teachers who pursue a Master of Arts in Science Education (Biological Science) are positioning themselves for successful careers as biology teachers in the United States

Work Environment

The work environment of a high school biology teacher will vary according to region, classroom size, and the number of school administrators and other staff. You should plan to work during school hours as well as on the occasional evening and weekend grading papers and planning lessons. In traditional school environments, teachers have summers off.

High school teachers sometimes work with children who have special needs, or are academically or behaviorally at risk. Ask the school districts you're interested in working in for more details regarding work environment.


Once you've decided to advance your teaching career by earning a Master's degree in Science Education, the following resources can provide for more information about teaching biology in a classroom setting:


Interested in seeing what career opportunities currently exist for those with a Biological Science degree? Check out the following links:


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school teachers earned a median annual salary of $57,200 in May 2015, while middle school teachers earned a median annual salary of $55,860. Keep in mind that salaries will vary depending on the subject area taught. On average, those with an advanced degree in education are placed higher on the pay scale rubric, meaning they will earn more over time.

It's also worth noting that the longer you've worked as a teacher, the more you'll make. As in any career, the region and state where you work — along with available budget— will affect potential earnings.


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