Chemistry major Jack Queenan holds a pipette and container in a lab in Owens Science Hall.

Chemistry (9-12) Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (9-12) Education combines chemistry studies with education courses to prepare you to teach chemistry and general science at the high school or middle school level. Fulfill an urgent need for science educators, while inspiring future scientists. Chemistry teachers make a critical link between physics and natural sciences, while helping students understand matter at its most fundamental level.

Why Study Chemistry (9-12) Education at St. Thomas?

In this program, you earn an initial licensure to teach chemistry in grades 9-12, along with a bachelor's degree in education - all within four years. You also can earn an endorsement in general science, qualifying you to teach in grades 5-8. Expert faculty who are currently active in the K-12 classroom help you become the inspiring teacher you want to be.

Upon graduation you will have:

  • A BA degree with a double major in education and chemistry.
  • A license to teach in 5-12 education along with important leadership skills.
  • The knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students.
  • A supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty who will inspire and sustain you throughout your career.
  • A deep understanding of the education system in Minnesota.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Mentored Clinical Practice
  • Course Requirements

    Your coursework combines education classes in curriculum and instruction, field experience, as well as science and math courses with an emphasis in upper-level chemistry.

    Four-Year Plan

    Our faculty are here to develop your four-year plan catered to your personal and professional goals.

    Degree Awarded

    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
    • Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education

    Mentored Clinical Practice

    We support you as you develop your teaching skills. Throughout your student teaching, you have regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers. The mentorship you receive ensures your student teaching experience meets your needs and facilitates your growth, both personally and professionally.

     

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    Your coursework combines education classes in curriculum and instruction, field experience, as well as science and math courses with an emphasis in upper-level chemistry.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    Our faculty are here to develop your four-year plan catered to your personal and professional goals.

    Degree Awarded

    Degree Awarded

    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
    • Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education

    Mentored Clinical Practice

    Mentored Clinical Practice

    We support you as you develop your teaching skills. Throughout your student teaching, you have regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers. The mentorship you receive ensures your student teaching experience meets your needs and facilitates your growth, both personally and professionally.

     

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    Career Paths

    We give you the tools you need to succeed in science education.
    • High School Chemistry Teacher
    • Middle School General Science Teacher
    • 5-12 General Science Teacher

    Quick Facts

    95%

    of our elementary and secondary teacher candidates pass rates on the Basic Skills and Pedagogy licensure exams on the first try.

    100%

    of our graduates pass the middle school science and reading content exams the first time.

    8

    8 Tommies have been named Minnesota Teacher of the year since 2000.

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    Student Teaching

    Your teaching experience begins as early as your first education course. By the time you graduate you’ll have completed one year of supervised student teaching.
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    Field Experience

    Diverse field experiences in public, private, parochial and charter schools where we have deep relationships help you gain confidence in your teaching.