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Program Overview


The Master of Chemical and Life Sciences (MCLFS) provides the flexibility teachers need to keep learning and stay current in the STEM disciplines of biology and chemistry. MCLFS will make a powerful difference in your teaching career. This content-based, graduate degree provides in-depth knowledge of current research areas in the biological, biochemical, and biomedical science including genetic engineering and gene therapy to chemistry, ecology, and concepts of bio-complexity.

Professional development for teachers of science requires learning essential science content through the perspectives and methods of inquiry. MCLFS is designed for teachers and includes the following science learning experiences:

  • Involve teachers in actively investigating phenomena that can be studied scientifically, interpreting results, and making sense of findings consistent with currently accepted scientific understanding;
  • Address issues, events, problems, or topics significant in science and of interest to participants;
  • Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge;
  • Build on the teacher’s current science understanding, ability, and attitudes;
  • Incorporate ongoing reflection on the process and outcomes of understanding science through inquiry, and;
  • Encourage and support teachers in efforts to collaborate.

MCLFS is a 30-credit graduate program designed to be completed in as little as eighteen months of full-time study while minimally disrupting personal and professional life. Part-time study is welcomed. Designed for middle and high school teachers, the program offers broad academic guidelines and the ability for students to select the courses in which they are interested.

MCLFS features online instruction that is supplemented with an in-person learning element. UMD’s online learning environment delivers content through easy-to-use web-based technology that supports engaging and interactive learning. The in-person learning element pertains to the “Practical Experience” requirement which can be satisfied with an approved laboratory or field experience. Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field. The program uses the term academic calendar with classes held in 12-week terms: I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer).

Academic Program Director Contact Information

The Master of Chemical and Life Sciences is offered through the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. In 2019, the program was ranked 6th in the nation as best online master’s in biology programs. Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Dr. Bretton W. Kent
Department of Entomology
College of Chemical, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
3142 Plant Sciences Building
4291 Fieldhouse Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4454

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