Chemistry Education

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 College of Education and Learning Design. Through professional development opportunities and field training you will develop skills to help you create innovative curriculum, and 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 will also give you the opportunity to visit and practice teaching in science classrooms with support from experienced teachers.

Program Highlights

  • This program is available at the elementary and high school level. Students choose between the Chemistry/General Science Education, Grades 5-12 track or the Chemistry Education, Grades 9-12 track.
  • 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 that provide mentoring for the first three years of your professional teaching career.
  • Faculty members with diverse cultural background and experience.
  • Huskies Showcase highlights student work and achievement.
  • Senior-year capstone experience involving student-faculty collaborative research and a senior thesis with oral and written presentations.

Program Distinctions

  • All teaching licensure programs approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).
  • Membership in Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)
  • New laboratories and classrooms under development in the $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF).
  • Support for teacher candidates 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.

Popular Careers

  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Chemical Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Product Development
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Environmental Health

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

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