Department of Chemistry

BA in Chemistry - Secondary Teacher Education

This track is for students who want to become certified to teach grades 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 track is designed to provide prospective 7-12 teachers with 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.)
  • ENG 100 College Writing (3 cr.)
  • Cultural Interpretation (3 cr.)
  • Quantitative Reasoning - MAT 152 Calculus A (4 cr.)
  • Creative Expression (3 cr.)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis - HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development (3 cr.)
  • Science Exploration - CHY 113/114 Principles of Chemistry I and lab (4.5 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.)
  • Diversity and International met with EDU 305 and EDU 310 respectively.

Major Requirements:

Students will satisfy all of the BA in Chemistry requirements except CHY 470. The Professional Education Internship Requirements replace the CHY 470 requirement. 

Secondary Teacher Education (7-12) Requirements:

All requirements for the Secondary Teacher Education program, including academic requirements, education courses, content requirements, the professional internship year, and declaration and candidacy can be found here.