Industrial Biotechnology Teacher Experience

Professional Development for Bioscience Educators

Course Description

Industrial Biotechnology Teacher Experience (IBTE) is an 80-hour professional development program designed for educators who are (or will be) teaching Biotechnology courses*, Project Lead the Way’s Biomedical Science curriculum, or any science course in which biotechnology concepts and techniques may be integrated.

The primary aim of this course is to provide experience with the skills, techniques, and knowledge to teach biotechnology curricula in the context of working in the biotech industry. In addition, there will be guidance and practice with the preparative steps necessary for the hands-on components of the program. Industry experience will include the design, development, testing, and manufacture of a biopharmaceutical product. Participants will develop an understanding of the departmental roles and careers, as well as the criteria associated with working in this highly regulated environment.

Why take the IBTE?

*Completion of this course earns district certification for existing Biology and Chemistry educators in the state of Florida, enabling them to teach the CTE components of the program.

Course Format

This program is based on a flipped classroom format. Prior to a week-long session of hands-on training, participants will complete four modules of self-paced lectures, complementary coursework, and assessments. The expectation is that each module will be completed in one week, followed by a review session with Biotility staff.  Each module will take approximately 8-10 hours to complete including the review session. 

Two one-week cohorts of hands-on training are scheduled to be held at our training facility in Alachua, FL. Participants choose the week they prefer to attend. During this week, participants will complete hands-on activities and techniques aligned with content presented in each of the online modules. Participants will also have the option to sit for the Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE), please see information below. 


IBTE 2023

Cohort 1 Cohort 2
Course Launch Date May 1 May 1
Module 1 (Asynchronous) Due Date May 19 May 19
Module 2 (Asynchronous) Due Date May 26 May 26
Module 3 (Asynchronous) Due Date June 2 June 2
Module 4 (Asynchronous) Due Date June 9 June 9
In-Person Cohort (Alachua, FL) June 19-23 June 26-30

Note: Registration closes April 17, 2023.

Sit for the BACE (Optional):

  • Challenge the BACE live on the Saturday following your chosen cohort date (June 23 OR June 30).
  • Challenge the BACE remotely within seven days of completing the IBTE program
Fee $2350.00
Course Type Combination (Online Asynchronous and Live)
Instructors Stephanie DeMarco
Duration 80 hours

Registration closes April 17, 2023.