Major in Chemistry Secondary Education
Want to share your passion for the chemical world with high school students? As a Chemistry Secondary Education major at Etown, located in Pennsylvania, you will experience rigorous course work paired with independent research opportunities that will make you a valuable candidate in the job market. This major blends education and chemistry to prepare students for specialized positions in both areas of study. You will graduate from this program with extensive knowledge and with a degree in chemistry, as well as a Pennsylvania teaching certificate that allows you to teach in 45 other reciprocal states.
Our Chemistry Secondary Education program covers basic and advanced forms of chemistry combined with topics from math, physics, and biology courses. Education courses also make up a large portion of the course requirements and provide our students with the theories and skills necessary for creating a positive and productive learning environment. Some of the courses required of this major include:
- Laboratory Methods in Chemistry (Add course numbers to all courses listed)
- Physical Inorganic Chemistry
- Biochemistry I
- Molecules, Cells and Animal Systems
- ED 105 - Foundations of Teaching and Learning
- ED 151 – Early Adolescent/Adolescent Development
- ED 305 – Methods of Secondary Science Education
- ED 341 - Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
To meet the Education certification, students also must take additional English and math courses, as well as complete classroom observations and a student teaching semester. For a complete list of requirements and offered courses, view the catalog.
A degree in Chemistry Secondary Education provides you with all the same career opportunities in the field of chemistry, with the additional ability to teach chemistry at the 7-12 grade levels. This major will challenge you to demonstrate the best classroom practices as well as your subject knowledge. You will learn how to integrate technology while learning about the various types of teaching methodologies. To fulfill major requirements, you will be placed in secondary-level classrooms to develop the skills needed to plan and implement a positive, equitable, and productive learning environment. This hands-on experience allows you to create lesson plans, learn from professionals in the field, and gain confidence in the classroom.
In addition to experience in education, students have the chance to test their chemistry skills. More than one-third of our students participate in research, which helps to build their professional experiences. Many of our students also participate in one of our student organizations, such as the American Chemical Society, which offers professional and financial perks. The Chemistry Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Epsilon, is reserved for our most prestigious students. Those who maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher in Chemistry are invited to join this honor society.