Certificate to Teach Chemistry in High School

Certification to teach chemistry in high school requires coursework in biology and education. Because of the extra requirements, students wishing to teach high school usually pursue the B.S. with a major in chemistry, which allows more flexibility in scheduling. Careful planning of courses is required in order for students to complete the program in 4 years.

An example of this 4 year schedule can be seen here.

Chemistry Secondary Certification Requirements

In addition to a major in chemistry, students seeking secondary certification in chemistry must take the following science and education courses:

BIO 111 General Biology I
BIO 111L General Biology I Laboratory
BIO 112 General Biology II
BIO 112L General Biology II Laboratory
BCMB 421 Biochemistry I

Required education courses:

SED 115 Introduction to Teaching and Learning
SED 362 Teaching of the Sciences in the Secondary Schools
SED 421 Content Area Literacy
SED 431 Practicum and Methods II
SED 440 Student Teaching

Additional Certification Requirements

Students seeking teacher certification must also complete a number of additional processes and requirements outlined in the Steps to Pennsylvania Teacher Certification document on the Education Department web page.  Along with other requirements, these include a minimum GPA and the following coursework:

1. Completion of one English composition course.

2. Completion of one English or American literature course.

3. Completion of two college-level mathematics courses.

4. Completion of required Special Education coursework:

SPE 250 Cognitive Development of Diverse Learners
SPE 255 Special Education Processes and Procedures
Embedded Special Education Modules

The following course is required for music education majors and may also be required for students transfering credits into any certification program from other institutions:

SPE 258 Effective Instructional and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Disabilities

5. Completion of one of the following ESL courses:

For early childhood/special education certification: EDU 240 Language, Cultural Diversity and Academic Achievement: PreK - Grade 8

For secondary education certification: EDU 245 Language, Cultural Diversity and Academic Achievement: Grade 7 - Grade 12

K-12 certification (languages and music) candidates may take either course.