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TEACHING CERTIFICATION
Adolescence Chemistry with Middle Childhood Extension (5-12)

The Department of Chemistry, in conjunction with the Department of Education and Human Development, offers a program leading to provisional certification in chemistry. The provisional certification is a license to teach in the specified area in New York for five years. The teacher must complete requirements for permanent certification within the five-year period.

The extensive set of major, minor and certification requirements of this program will require the well-prepared student to spend nine semesters in completion of his/her degree retirements. However, it is possible to complete the practicum (practice teaching) in a high school near the student's home if the Department of Education and Human Development is given sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements. Therefore, only 8 semesters need be spent on the Brockport campus. The student will meet the New York State requirements for certification in general science as well as those for certification in chemistry.

The requirements for teacher certification in secondary chemistry (7-12) are:

  1. Completion of the required courses of the major in chemistry, with the exception of CHM301 Chemical Safety. Secondary certification candidates must complete NAS486 Laboratory Science Safety instead of CHM301.
  2. Completion of 2 semesters of study in each of the other sciences: biology, earth sciences and physics. These courses must include laboratories.
  3. Completion of a minor in biology, earth sciences or physics.
  4. Completion of NAS486 Laboratory Science Safety.
  5. Completion of the equivalent of one year of college-level study in a foreign language.
  6. Completion of the following professional education courses:

    EDI320 Self, Schools and Society
    HLS370 Drug Education for Teachers
    PSH484 Adolescence
    EDI447 Methods of Teaching Secondary Science
    CHM480 Practical Chemistry Laboratory Pedagogy (suggested CHM elective)
    EDI475 Practicum
    EDI476 Seminar in Secondary Education

Program for Teaching Certification

The following Secondary Certification program has been developed for a student who has no previous foreign language training, has no General Education transfer credit, and has been placed at the level of MTH201.

Freshman Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM205 College Chemistry I
MTH201 Calculus I
ENG112 College Composition
GEP100 Academic Planning Seminar
GEP150 Computer Skills
PSH110 Intro to Psychology

4
4
3
1
1
3

CHM206 College Chemistry II
MTH202 Calculus II
General Education Breadth Course
General Education Breadth Course

4
4
3
3
Semester Total
16
Semester Total
14

Sophomore Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM302 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHM305 Organic Chemistry I
MTH203 Calculus III
PHS235 College Physics I
PRO370 Drug Educ for Teachers

4
4
4
4
1

CHM303 Analytical Chemistry I
CHM306 Organic Chemistry II
BIO201 Biology I
PHS240 College Physics II

4
4
4
4
Semester Total
17
Semester Total
16

Junior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM301 Chemistry Safety
CHM400 Chemistry Seminar I
CHM405 Physical Chemistry I
CHM408 Physical Chemistry Lab
BIO202 Biology II
EDI413 Intro Special Education
SPN111 Beg. Spanish I

1
1
3
1
4
3
3

CHM401 Chemistry Seminar II
CHM406 Physical Chemistry II
CHM409 Physical Chemistry Lab II
EDI414 Methods Special Education
EDI419 Assessment Special Educ
SPN112 Beg. Spanish II
General Education Breadth Elective

1
3
1
3
3
3
3
Semester Total
16
Semester Total
17

Senior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

PSH484 Adolescence Psychology
GEL201 Physical Geology
EDI430 Education and Society
EDI431 Language Skills I
EDI447 Middle Level Science Teaching

3
4
3
3
3

ESC211 Weather
EDI430 Education and Society
EDI431 Language Skills I
EDI467 Teaching Science
General Education Breadth Course

4
3
3
3
3
Semester Total
16
Semester Total
16

Fifth Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

EDI475 Practicum and Seminar

12

Semester Total
12

It should be obvious that you must plan your course selection carefully to minimize the time required to complete a secondary chemistry certification program. You are strongly advised to seek assistance from our departmental advisor at the earliest possible time to plan your personalized program.

CHM480 is offered by directed study upon request of the student. The department chairman will assign you a faculty mentor who will schedule your class assignments.