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2022-2023 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry Education Teaching Field Grades 9-Adult, B.A.

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The curricula for the Chemistry teaching field focuses on the structure and properties of matter and chemical reactions, consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards.  This program of courses allows students to obtain the knowledge base and experiences necessary to become certified to teach Chemistry in grades 9-12, or to major or minor in the field of Chemistry.  Throughout the curricula, physical and biological processes and concepts of energy are incorporated into the study of matter, its composition, and its changes by including concepts such as the periodic table and modern theories of bonding, the effects of temperature, concentration, and vapor pressure on solubility, types of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, molarity, and gas laws. The Chemistry curricula enables students to build knowledge bases about the structures and processes of the natural world through observations and experiments as well as to build basic competency in the supporting disciplines of Biology, Physics, and Earth Science. 


Secondary Science Education Program Goals
  • To understand and articulate the knowledge and practices of contemporary science. 
  • To train students to plan learning units of study as well as equitable, culturally-responsive opportunities for all students based upon their understandings of how students learn and develop science knowledge, skills, and habits of mind. 
  • To train students to plan for engaging all students in science learning by identifying appropriate learning goals that are consistent with knowledge of how students learn science and are aligned with standards.
  • To train students to develop and implement biological, chemical, and physical safety protocols in their classrooms and workspace, including applicable ethical considerations and equipment maintenance.
  • To develop methods and practices that provide evidence that students have learned and can apply disciplinary core ideas, concepts and practices as a result of instruction. 
  • To foster the ability to continually improve their knowledge of science content and pedagogy and to identify with and conduct themselves as part of the science education community. 

Curriculum for a Teaching Field in Chemistry Education Grades 9-Adult

Total Hours Required, 40-44 Hours:

D. STEM and Supporting Content, 9-12 Hours:

BIOL, CHEM, CIS, CIT, CPE, DATA, ENGR, ENVS, GSCI, MATH, PHYS, PSYC courses - may include up to 4 credits of research course(s), as approved by the Science Education Coordinator. Excludes 392 Co-Op courses.


*Most highly recommended course from the options given.

Math Requirements: The prerequisite for MATH 205  is mathematical competence equivalent to the successful completion of MATH 108 , and MATH 108 requires competence equivalent to the successful completion of MATH 105 .

STEM and Supporting Content Requirement:  All electives must be approved for each student by the Secondary Science Education Coordinator.

Recommended courses:  , CHEM 321 , CHEM 321L , CHEM 322 , CHEM 322L , CHEM 325 , CHEM 330 , CHEM 330L , CHEM 333 , CHEM 333L , CHEM 340 , CHEM 340L , CHEM 440 , CHEM 440L , CHEM 450 ; BIOL 302 , BIOL 305 , BIOL 344 , BIOL 404 , BIOL 416 , BIOL 418 ; MATH 314 .

Other Requirements: Although one may declare Secondary Education with a specialization in Chemistry 9-Adult as a major upon admission to the university, students must apply to the teacher education program and meet the criteria for retention and certification, which includes co-curricular and other requirements. Please see the website for information.

Contact Person: Dr. Ruth Conley, Science Education Coordinator, rconley@shepherd.edu. Byrd Science Center 214, 304-876-5376.

Due to changes in accreditation and compliance standards, courses and course content may change in subsequent years. Education majors should consult with their secoondary education specialization advisor to select relevant courses that meet content and certification standards.

See Secondary Education Comprehensive, B.A.  for professional education course listings (32 Hours).

Four-Year Course Progression

Chemistry Education, 9-Adult
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
BIOL or ENVS   Life Science Elective I (LS1) 4   BIOL or ENVS   Life Science Elective II (LS1) 4
CHEM 207/207L 1 General Chemistry/Lab I 4   CHEM 209/209L 1 General Chemistry/Lab II 4
ENGL 101 1 Writing & Rhetoric I (CC2) 3   ENGL 102 1 Writing & Rhetoric II (CC2) 3
MATH 205 or 207 1 Math (MA3) 4   HIST 1XX 1 Choose History with Advisor (CC) 3
EDUC 150 1 Seminar in Education (FY4) 1   Core Curriculum-Wellness (WE7) 2 Choose Wellness with Advisor (CC) 3
    TOTAL 16       TOTAL 17
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
CHEM 315/315L   Organic Chemistry & Lab I 4   CHEM 316/316L   Organic Chemistry/Lab II 4
PHYS 201/L or 221/L   Physics Elective I 4   PHYS 202/L, 222L, or 301   Physics Elective II 4
COMM 202   Fundamentals of Speech (HM6-GL) 3   EDUC 320 2 Social and Psychological Conditions of Learning 4
Core Curriculum-Social Sciences (SO)+ 2 Choose CK, GL, or MD with advisor (CC). Recommend PSYC 101 3   EDUC 360 Core Curriculum -Social Sciences (SO8) 2 Survey of Exceptional Children (CC6) 3
EDUC 200   Foundations of American Education (SO8-MD) 3          
    TOTAL 17       TOTAL 15
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
CHEM 329/L   Biochemistry I & Laboratory 4   CHEM 301/L   Inorganic Chemisty I and Laboratory 4
STEM Elective 1   Choose STEM supporting content elective with advisor*** 3-4   CHEM or GSCI or ENVS   Environmental Chemistry Elective 3-4
EDUC 370   Creating Learning Environments 3   STEM Elective 2   Choose STEM supporting content elective with advisor*** 3-4
Core Curriculum-Humanities (HM6)++ 2 Choose CK, GL, or MD with advisor (CC6) 3   EDUC 380   Technology in 21st Century Teaching and Learning 3
Core Curriculum-Arts (AR5) 2 Choose CK, GL, or MD with advisor (CC5) 3       TOTAL 13-15
    TOTAL 16-17          
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
STEM Elective 3   Choose STEM supporting content elective with advisor*** 3-4   EDUC 461   EdTPA 3
EDUC 423   Special Methods of Teaching Science 3   EDUC 457   Student Teaching, Grades 9-12 (CP and WM9)    9
EDUC 443   Reading in the Content Area 3       TOTAL 12
EDUC 400   Inclusion in the Regular Classroom 3          
              DEGREE TOTAL 120
    TOTAL 12-13          
July 11, 2022                

+PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology is recommended.

++Most students will need to choose a CK course for the Humanities Core Curriculum.

***All electives must be approved by the Science Specialization Coordinator for each student.

1 CC Life Science; 2 Core Curriculum; 3 CC Math; 4 CC First-Year Experience; 5 CC Arts; 6 CC Humanities; 7 CC Wellness; 8 CC Social Sciences; 9 Serves as both the Writing in the Major and Capstone requirements.         


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