As a student interested earning a degree in chemistry education for middle school and high school students, you will work across programs in the College of Science and Engineering and the School of Education. Through professional development opportunities and field training you will develop skills that help you create innovative curriculum, adapt the latest teaching methods and technological tools to engage and inspire your future students. You will gain significant insights into the latest issues and topics in chemistry through research underway on campus. Creative co-teaching programs also will give you the opportunity to visit and practice teaching in science classrooms with support from experienced teachers.
- Professional development opportunities for teaching experiences such as Learning Assistants (LAs), Husky Volunteers in Science, Science Express mobile lab and Project Lead the Way.
- Student–faculty research collaboration encouraged in chemical education, analytical, physical, organic, inorganic, biochemistry and other interdisciplinary fields.
- Guaranteed placement for field training in local and regional schools.
- 100 percent placement upon graduation, and new-teacher workshops provide mentoring for first three years.
- Faculty members with diverse cultural background and experience.
- Student research colloquium showcases student work and achievement.
- Senior-year capstone experience involving student-faculty collaborative research and a senior thesis with oral and written presentations.
- School of Education accreditation by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).
- All teaching licensure programs approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching.
- New laboratories and classrooms under development in the $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF).
- Teacher Preparation Initiative, supported by a Bush Foundation grant, advises, prepares and supports teacher candidates from enrollment through the first three years of their first teaching position.
- National Science Foundation grants help provide a full range of instrumentation to support coursework and research.
- Faculty who work internationally, in countries such as Nepal, Qatar and India, bring global perspective to the study of chemistry.
University Facts & Stats
- Chemistry is the No. 1 demand area in science education in Minnesota
- 45 schools visited by Science Express, a mobile science lab
- $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
- 39 Education Abroad programs offered
- 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization
- Chemistry Teacher
- Laboratory Technician
- Chemical Technician
- Pharmaceutical Research
- Product Development
- Chemical Engineer
- Environmental Health