Chemistry, M.S. 7-12 Educator Preparation Program

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MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE (CERTIFICATION)

The program leading to the master of science degree and certification in chemistry is designed for students with bachelor's degrees in either education or liberal arts who plan to teach chemistry on the secondary level. In addition to meeting the requirements for the master of science degree, the following core courses are required for certification:


EDF 520-EDF 526 — Educational Foundations
EDU 452 — Secondary School Student Teaching
EDU 453 — Student Teaching Seminar
EDU 493 — Science (Secondary School)
HIS 110 — U. S. History
PSY 370 — Educational Psychology
SED 482 — Teaching Exceptional Students in Secondary Education Classroom
SHE 203 — School Health

Refer to the section entitled "Admission to Teacher Certification Programs" in the beginning of this catalog under "Application and Admission" for additional information regarding acceptance to a certification program, Praxis® examinations, and student teaching requirements.

Course work in the program, except in unusual circumstances, cannot begin until the student has an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.

Master's Thesis

The thesis track requires the completion of the six core courses (18 credits) and a thesis (CHE 588, 589, 590, 591) based on experimental research acceptable to the department. Students must complete the courses in sequence. The requirements for CHE 589 must be met in the semester for which the student is enrolled or a "Q" grade will be granted and the student will be required to register for the course in another semester. The thesis proposal (CHE 589) must be completed prior to enrolling for CHE 590. A student must apply to the department for the thesis defense and provide a final draft of the completed thesis at least two weeks prior to the defense date.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive exam track requires the completion of the six core courses and four elective courses and the passage of a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is designed to test the student's knowledge of the various areas of chemistry studied while pursuing the master's program. The comprehensive examination is given once or twice a year depending on need.

Program Sequence - Minimum of 51 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

Required Courses

CHE 500 – Advanced Organic Chemistry I – 3 credits
CHE 520 – Advance Physical Chemistry I – 3 credits
CHE 532 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry – 3 credits
CHE 540 – Advanced Analytical Chemistry – 3 credits
CHE 550 – Advanced Biochemistry I – 3 credits
CHE 560 – Advanced Environmental Chemistry – 3 credits

Certification Courses

EDF 520-526 – Educational Foundations (choose one) – 3 credits
SCE 494 – Secondary School Teaching – 8 credits
SCE 496 – Student Teaching Seminar –1 credit
SCE 490 – Methods/Curriculum in Secondary Schools – 3 credits
PSY 370 – Educational Psychology – 3 credits
SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in Secondary Education Classrooms – 3  credits
HIS 110 – U.S. History I – 3 credits
SHE 203 – School Health – 3 credits
IDS 470 – Literacy in the Content Age – 1.5 credits
IDS 471 – English Language Learners in the Classroom – 1.5 credits
EDU 201 – Introduction to the Teaching Professions – 3 credits

*Students must be accepted into the Graduate School and the School of Education before taking SCE 490, SCE 494, and SCE 496.

Choose One of the Following:

Master Thesis Track

CHE 588 – Scientific Writing and Research Methods – 3 credits
CHE 589 – Research Thesis Proposal – 3 credits
CHE 590 – Research – 3 credits
CHE 591 – Research Thesis – 3 credits

Comprehensive Examination Track

Choose 12 credits from the following:

CHE 500-999 – 3 credits
BIO 500-999 – 3 credits
MAT 500-999 – 3 credits
MBA 500-999 – 3 credits
PHY 500-999 – 3 credits
CSC 500-999 – 3 credits
CHE 300-499 – 3 credits
EXS 500-999 – 3 credits

*Of the 12 credits required, at least 3 credits must be CHE 500-999, and a maximum of 6 credits can be CHE 300-400 upon approval of the graduate coordinator.