Department of Chemistry

BA in Chemistry with Concentration in Secondary Education

This concentration is for students who want to become certified to teach 7-12 chemistry in Maine. Interested students should see the secondary education chemistry coordinator upon acceptance at USM, matriculation, upon choosing a chemistry major, or as early in their time at USM as possible. The curriculum for this concentration is designed to provide prospective 7-12 teachers a strong academic foundation in chemistry along with a continuous focus on both the theory and practice of teaching through a sequence of pre-internship education courses and field experiences. It has four components: USM Core curriculum, a chemistry major, professional education courses, and electives totaling ~120 credit hours for the degree.

USM Core Curriculum (including pre-internship education courses):

  • EYE 108 Culture, Identity, and Education (recommended), (3 cr.)
  • EDU 100 Exploring Teaching (recommended), (3 cr.)
  • College Writing-  ENG 100 (3 cr.)
  • Cultural Interpretation (3 cr.)
  • Quantitative-  MAT 152 Calculus A (4 cr.)
  • Creative Expression (3 cr.)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis- HRD 200 Multicultural Human Growth & Development (3 cr.)
  • Science Exploration- CHY 113/114 (4 cr.)
  • Ethics- EDU 310 Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy (3 cr.)
  • Cluster- EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education, and SED 420 Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support (9 cr.)

Major Requirements:

Chemistry major (see major degree requirements) for a BA in chemistry.

  Professional Education Internship Year Requirements: 

  • EDU 401/501 Teaching Science in Grades 7-12 (3 cr.)
  • STEM Seminar in Teaching and Learning I (3 cr.)
  • STEM Seminar in Teaching and Learning II (3 cr.)
  • Internship in Secondary Education (9 cr.)

Electives:

Students must complete elective credit to complete the 120 credit hour degree. For those students interested in teaching at the middle level (grades 7 or 8), it is recommended that they complete coursework in a second content area (e.g., English, social studies, life or physical science) to become highly qualified to teach an additional content area. Those students interested in teaching high school may want to use their elective credits to bolster their content knowledge by taking additional courses in their major discipline and related fields. Finally, students should consider taking education courses that will support them to become better teachers including, but not limited to, topics such as literacy, technology, understanding and collaborating with families.

Other Requirements:

All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher certification program or pathway by completing the declaration procedures found on the Office of Educator Preparation web site at http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation. Passing Praxis I scores, subscription to Tk20, and two recommendation forms are necessary to complete the declaration process. 

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site: http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation 

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20).

For the purposes of field placements in schools during the educational cluster and internship year, students are required to complete and show documentation of the fingerprinting process outlined by the Maine Department of Education: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/

Students must maintain a high level of academic achievement. Minimum academic requirements are as follows:

  • A grade of C or better in all University Core and major coursework.
  • A grade of B or better in all professional education coursework.
  • An overall GPA of 3.00 or better.

Prior to admission to the professional internship year, students must pass the Praxis II exam and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward the State of Maine Core Teaching Standards.

USM Chemistry Club

The USM Chemistry Club is an ACS Student Chapter that works to educate and entertain students in K-12 about the principles of chemistry through engaging demonstrations.

In addition to performing demonstrations, the USM Chemistry Club presents chemistry research from a variety of fields at the annual national ACS conference.

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