Program Contact: Robert Cottrell  203-582-8676 Christina Pavlak 203-852-3199

The purpose of Quinnipiac’s Dual-Degree Biomedical Sciences/MAT program is to prepare graduates with perspectives, knowledge and skills to become master educators. The School of Education recognizes that the concept of educator is three-dimensional, and that successful educators must be teachers, learners and leaders. Therefore, graduates of the Master of Arts in Teaching program are teachers who lead all students to learn, learners who continue to learn as they continue to teach, and leaders who influence the culture of their schools in ways that support best practices in teaching and learning.

The program reflects the spirit and mission of Quinnipiac University with close attention to the teaching standards for the state of Connecticut and to the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The three values of “excellence in education, a sensitivity to students, and a spirit of community” which are at the heart of Quinnipiac’s mission statement are woven through the program.

General Information

The dual-degree program provides the means for Quinnipiac students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and a master of arts in teaching degree leading to certification through the Connecticut State Department of Education. Consistent with the university’s mission, arts and sciences studies are integrated with professional studies to prepare graduates who have depth and breadth of content knowledge and strong pedagogical skills.

The dual-degree program is divided into a two-year preprofessional component and a three-year professional component. The two-year preprofessional program includes a required introductory course (ED 140) that acquaints prospective teacher candidates with the teaching profession. Students are encouraged to take this course during their first year but no later than the fall semester of their sophomore year. Additional required courses before the junior year include educational philosophy and diversity (ED 250 and ED 260). Students will complete the requirements for the undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences within the first four years.

Students begin their professional component in the fall semester of their junior year. Supervised fieldwork, an integral part of the professional component, includes undergraduate observation and fieldwork, a graduate internship/residency, and student teaching. Following completion of the fourth year of study, students receive a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in their academic major. Students begin their graduate work immediately following graduation. Any teacher candidate enrolled in the dual-degree program who does not complete all the requirements for undergraduate completion of the bachelor’s degree as anticipated will not be allowed to enter any graduate fifth year without the written consent of the program director.

Note: Because the MAT program is subject to state review on a regular basis, prospective and current students are advised to see the School of Education for up-to-date program information.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall SemesterCredits
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
MA 140
or Calculus of a Single Variable
CHE 110
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
BIO 150
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
Spring Semester
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
BIO 151
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
CHE 111
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
HS 131
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since Reconstruction
BMS 275 Introduction to Biomedical Research 2
Fall Semester
BIO 211
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
CHE 210
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
ED 140 Introduction to Public Education and the Teaching Profession 1
ED 250 Diversity, Dispositions and Multiculturalism 3
Spring Semester
BIO 212
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
CHE 211
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
ED 260 Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3
BMS 370
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
Fall Semester
BMS 375
and Immunology Lab
PHY 110
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
ED 341
Learning and Teaching the Developing Child
and Learning and Teaching: Pedagogy Field Lab I
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Spring Semester
PHY 111
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
BMS 472
or Human Anatomy & Dissection
ED 343
Advanced Learning and Teaching in Secondary Classrooms
and Advanced Learning and Teaching: Secondary Assessment Field Lab II
UC Fine Arts 3
Fall Semester
BMS 318 Pathophysiology 3
CHE 315
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
PS 236 Child and Adolescent Development 3
ED 409
Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
and English Language Arts Field Lab III
ED 477 Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom 3
Spring Semester
SHS 420 Integrative Capstone 3
SPED 552 Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom 3
ED 452L Inclusive Classroom Secondary Field Lab IV 1
ED 502
Teaching Methods in Secondary Biology
and Science Laboratory Safety Course
UC Foreign Language 3
 Total Credits124


      Students in the Biomedical Sciences degree program will apply into the MAT as follows:

Admission to the dual-degree program is based on a holistic review by MAT program faculty of the following admission requirements:

  • A 3.00 minimum overall undergraduate GPA (from all colleges and universities attended) for 45 credits of coursework with a subject area major or appropriate interdisciplinary major.
  • Students applying to the MAT program are required to take one of the following tests: Praxis Core Mathematics, Reading and Writing tests, the SAT or the ACT. Scores will be reviewed by School of Education faculty as part of the retention review process.
  • At least two written recommendations from individuals who have recent knowledge (within the last two years) of the applicant's suitability as a prospective educator, including one from a college instructor.
  • A written essay completed in ED 140 that meets program standards.
  • A formal retention review interview during which the applicant is expected to demonstrate: an ability to communicate clearly, a demeanor appropriate to the teaching profession, and a maturity and attitude necessary to meet the demands of the MAT program.