Chemistry Major — Secondary Teacher Education Track (6-12)

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Full-time tuition

In-state: $8,910;
Out-of-state: $26,250 (30 credit hours per year). See details and other costs

Financial aid

Average offer covers a large portion of tuition & fees.
In-state: nearly 100%;
Out-of-state: nearly 70%.
May include scholarships, grants, waiver, & work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Benefit from our unique approach to teacher education: We combine teacher preparation courses and student teaching experience with courses in chemistry and lab techniques.
  • Gain more student-teaching experience than any other Maine-based teacher preparation program.
  • Get hands-on experience with analytical and research instrumentation in our instructional labs.
  • Excel with academic advising and professional development — from course selection to the student teaching internship.
  • Join our Chemistry Club to partner with K-12 schools throughout the area.
  • Prepare to be an engaging and resourceful science educator by gaining expertise in the content you’ll teach.
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Extensive classroom experience

We provide practice with grades 6-12 early and often — you’ll start working with students in your first year. During your final year-long student teaching internship, you’ll gain experience in two grade levels.

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Exciting learning spaces

You’ll gain real-world experience using analytical instrumentation in our Chemistry lab. In upper-level coursework, you’ll learn to evaluate samples, interpret data, and discover how changing experimental parameters affect the output.

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Flexible career options

Upon graduation, you’ll qualify for teacher certification in public school grades 6-12 through the Maine Department of Education. Nationally accredited, our Maine certification qualifications are transferable to many other states.

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Program requirements

Share your enthusiasm for the natural sciences and education — prepare to teach middle or high school. We provide a rigorous, authentic learning experience, ensuring you graduate with a solid knowledge base in the science classes you’ll teach.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Diverse, expert faculty

You’ll study with faculty in both Education and Chemistry. This unique approach ensures a superior background in educator preparation and mastery of Chemistry principles and lab techniques.

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National accreditation & state approval

Our Teacher Education program is nationally accredited by CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and state-approved by the Maine Department of Education.

Approved Chemistry Program: ACS - Chemistry for Life, Trademark, American Chemical Society.

American Chemical Society accreditation

Our Department of Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society, which aspires to improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.

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Teacher Education Program Options

Interested in another content area or grade level? We offer 9 different tracks for teaching STEM and liberal arts to middle and high school. You can also major in general education for grades K-6, or prepare to teach world languages, visual or performing arts for PreK-12.

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Next steps

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