Secondary Education Certification

Secondary Education Certification Master of Arts Teaching (M.A.T.) - Chemistry

About Chemistry 7-12 Teaching Certification

Engage students in an exploration of the elements that shape our world.

From atomic particles to big ideas, share your passions by pursuing Level I teaching certification and a master's degree in chemistry education from California University of Pennsylvania.

Designed for working chemists, but open to all bachelor's degree holders, this master's program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  

Cal U's teaching programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. We are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Take a fast track to a rewarding teaching career.

  • Learn the latest advancements in secondary education pedagogy while expanding your mastery of chemistry.
  • Complete secondary education chemistry certification and your master's degree in four semesters of classes and one semester of student teaching.
  • Acquire career experience through extensive fieldwork in assigned local classroom and student teaching.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: CHEMISTRY CERTIFICATION

Real-Word Experience: Gain confidence in teaching. Cal U students stand out in the chemistry education job market because they complete 20 to 24 hours of fieldwork per semester in local school districts prior to the full-time student teaching component of this program.

Flexible Hours: Online courses and on-site field experiences allow chemistry education graduate students to continue working while earning their degree. A two-day, on-campus summer residency brings everything together with personalized, face-to-face instruction.

Top Accreditation: This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

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$64K 
average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
15 
weeks of full-time student teaching in a real classroom.
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Degree Benefits

Graduate degree courses in pedagogy give you mastery of proven practices in chemistry education, and content-specific classes expand your expertise of chemistry and related disciplines if needed. You'll also gain extensive hands-on experience through fieldwork and student teaching.

  • Study chemistry curriculum development techniques and how to use the Standards Aligned System (SAS).
  • Learn top strategies in lab and classroom management.
  • Master classroom technology for teaching chemistry.
  • Deepen your knowledge of inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, instruments used in chemical experiments, and other related topics.
  • Gain real-world teaching experience.
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Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of this program go on to teach chemistry in middle and high schools in Pennsylvania and other states. They also find jobs as science program coordinators, evaluators and curriculum specialists. Cal U secondary education alumni are employed in dozens of schools across the country.

 
Chemistry Certification Secondary Education - Master's Degree
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Land a Job Before Graduation

Work full-time as a teacher before certification, and use your job to fulfill field placement requirements. If you're offered a teaching job while enrolled in the chemistry education master's degree program, you can apply for the Teacher Intern Certification program.

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Course Spotlight: Methods of Science Education

Learn proven methods for teaching scientific concepts that will help your students understand and absorb key principles while igniting their wonder for the natural world.

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Professors with K-12 Teaching Experience

Learn best practices for teaching science from professors with real-world experience, such as Dr. Joseph Zisk, who has taught high school chemistry and was a district-wide K-12 science and technology superior.

Chemistry Certification Secondary Education Master's Degree Courses

Our ever-evolving curriculum imparts the latest advancements in secondary education pedagogy while expanding your mastery of chemistry in lab-based classes. Graduate degree program courses are delivered online, and during a two-day, on-campus residency. All students are required to have current school clearances to participate in field experience and sign up for courses.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
MAT 281  Calculus I 3
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
   
Required Content Courses (a grade of C or better is required for certification)
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
CHE 104  Introduction to Experimental Chem 3
CHE 306  Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 320  Analytical/Instruments Methods 3
CHE 331  Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 341  Organic Chemistry II 4
CHE 371  Intermediate Lab I 1
CHE 372  Intermediate Lab II 1
CHE 415  Biochemistry 4
CHE 461  Physical Chemistry I 3
CHE 471  Advanced Lab I 1
PHY 101  College Physics I 4
Science Elective 3
   
Cal U Required Courses
EDU 650  Supporting the English Language Learner 3
ESP 610  Sp. Ed. Foundations & Collaboration 3
ESP 613  Evidence-Based Practices for Sec Inclusion 3
ESP 701  Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
MSE 641  Orientation to 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 642  Standards-Based Instruction in 7-12 Ed 3
MSE 643  Content Area Literacy in 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 644  Instructional Strategies in 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 645  Technology in 7-12 Education* 3
MSE 646  Assessments and Interventions* 3
MSE 647  Classroom Management in 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 653  Methods of Science Teaching 7-12* 3
MSE 661  Student Teaching & School Law** 9
   
Total Graduate Credits 45

* Two-day on-campus July residency will be integrated into the summer MSE courses.

** Must earn a recommendation for student teaching.

 
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.80 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Graduate Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Official transcripts

Program Requirements

    • Depending on the area of certification chosen, the department will provide guidance if any foundation undergraduate courses need to be completed before applying for student teaching
  • Clearances:  Students are responsible for updating clearances annually through the Office of Field Experience.  In addition, clearances must be on file before applying for student teaching  - Acts 24, 34, 114, and 151

 

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

 

For additional information:
Email: gradschool@calu.edu   
Phone: 724-938-4187

Out of State Students:
All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification. 

 

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Chemistry Certification Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner
Professor

hepner@calu.edu

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Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

hoover_m@calu.edu

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Dr. Connie Monroe
Professor and chair, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

monroe@calu.edu

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Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

morrisrutledge@calu.edu

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Dr. Michael Perrotti
Coordinator of Graduate Secondary Ed Programs and Associate Professor

perrotti@calu.edu

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Dr. Joseph Zisk
Professor; director, Teaching and Learning Center

zisk@calu.edu

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Please Note: All students who will be seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult the State Authorization web page for more information.