Life Science

‌Life science brings together the scientific disciplines that study living things, including biology, botany, genetics, medical science, psychiatry and zoology. Together, these disciplines seek to understand how living things exist and interact. Science teachers are in high demand at all levels. Preparation in this program leads to a grades 9-12 teaching license, as well as an endorsement in general science (5-8). In this program, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
  • Learn from expert faculty currently active in the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom

What you can earn


Where you will learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)

When to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring or Summer terms

 License & MA

License: 31+

MA:        34+


For the License:

TEGR 510   Education's Place in Society
TEGR 511   Field Experience I: Exploration
TEGR 512   Diverse Learners and Families
TEGR 530   Psychology for Teaching and Learning
TEGR 532   Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching
TEGR 518   Curriculum & Instruction: (5-12) Science
TEGR 544   Field Experience III: Curriculum & Instruction
TEGR 585   Reading for the 5-12 Teacher
CIED 551   Technology for Instruction
TEGR 660   Clinical Practice & Seminar: Student Teaching
9-12 Life Science Requirements (if not taken as undergraduate)
5-8 General Science Requirements (if not taken as undergraduate)

For the MA (add the following):

CIED 500   Principles of Educational Research

Full course catalog with descriptions


 Find current course offerings

9-12 Life Science Requirements 5-8 General Science Requirements
BIOL 101   General Biology BIOL 101   General Biology (or the sequence BIOL 207, 208, 209)
BIOL 207   Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution CHEM 100   Chemistry in Our World (or CHEM 111)
BIOL 208   Biological Communication and Energetics GEOL 111   Introductory Physical Geology
BIOL 209   Biology of Sustainability PHYS 101   Physics for Liberal Arts
CHEM 111   General Chemistry I PHYS 104   Astronomy
CHEM 112   General Chemistry II  
CHEM 201   Organic Chemistry I  

Plus:16 additional BIOL credits numberes 200 or above; chosen with advisor approval



  1. Candidates for this degree have:
    • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale). If below 3.0, please reference our .
  2. Submit the following application materials:
    • Application form
    • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
      • Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Personal statement.
  3. Submit the supplementary materials:
    • Official test score
      • Each of our programs uses an assessment to assist in making admissions decisions. Specific requirements can be found here.
      • If you have questions regarding this requirement, please email us directly at
    • International Applicants:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
    2. Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the School of Education offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.


Mentored Clinical Practice

The dedicated faculty and staff in the Teacher Education program will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field.


Community Partnerships

The School of Education takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the School of Education will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.