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Secondary Chemistry Education (Grades 7-12)

The mission of the secondary chemistry education program is to prepare professionals who understand that pedagogical choices grow from a deep understanding of the discipline of chemistry in relation to a consideration of the unique needs of learners being taught. That consideration honors the diverse nature of students in the classroom and grows from an understanding of the community being served.

Starting with this pedagogical content knowledge, candidates construct standards based plans that are grounded in a study of best practice as defined by research, models of excellence in the field, and creative contemplation. Such construction forms the foundation of a practice pushed forward by reflection, thoughtful revision, and dialogue with other professionals. Candidates understand that this practice grows throughout one's career.

Professional Education Courses Required for Certification

Recommended for the freshman year, spring

  • EDUC 160 Culture, Community & Diversity: Intro. to Critical Pedagogy (40 hour Stage 1&2 Field Experience/ fulfills M3)

Recommended for the sophomore year

  • EDUC 130 Student Development & Instructional Design (40 hr Stage 1&2 Field Exp)
  • EDUC 100.2 Intro. to the Education of English Language Learners (spring)
  • EDUC 244 Including Students with Disabilities (spring or during Junior year)
  • EDUC 140.2 Computer Technology in the Classroom

Recommended for the junior year

  • EDUC 260 Reflective Teaching (offered fall only; 40 hour Stage 3 Field Exp.)

Recommended for the senior year

  • EDUC 364 Curriculum and Instruction in Science (offered fall only; 110 hour Stage 3 Field Experience)
  • EDUC 375-7 Student Teaching
  • EDUC 378 Seminar in Secondary Student Teaching

Chemistry Major Requirements in the Sciences and Science-Related Areas

Chemistry (9 Courses)

  • CHEM 113 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 114 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 220.2 Methods in Chem. Research
  • CHEM 222 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 331-2 Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 370.2 Senior Seminar in Chemistry
  • CHEM ###: One elective selected by the student in consultation with an advisor. CHEM 341, Advanced Inorganic Chem. is recommended. U1 courses do not qualify for this elective.

Mathematics (2 Courses)

  • MATH 170 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (or substitute Math 106 /166)
  • MATH 171 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II

Physics (2 Courses)

  • PHYS 111 Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 112 Introductory Physics II

Additional Science Electives (2 courses)

The program provides for two science electives. Since chemistry teachers are considered eligible by the State for also teaching general science, a student should endeavor to broaden his/her science background with courses appropriate to his/her interests and previous training. A course in the biological sciences and a course in the earth sciences are strongly encouraged. The recommended elective courses include astronomy, meteorology, geology, general zoology, introductory botany, biochemistry, computer science, and statistics.