Secondary Education - Chemistry Concentration

Secondary Education - Chemistry Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education Chemistry Concentration

Introduce students to the elements that shape our world as a chemistry teacher.

From atomic particles to big ideas, share your passion for chemistry with middle and high school students by pursuing a secondary education bachelor's degree with a chemistry concentration from California University of Pennsylvania.

This comprehensive undergraduate program combines courses in the latest teaching methods with chemistry classes and real-world teaching experiences, so you graduate career-ready.

Take a fast track to a rewarding teaching career.

  • This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, Cal U education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • You'll complete all education requirements necessary for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.
  • You'll graduate with career experience through extensive fieldwork and student teaching in Pennsylvania classrooms.


Hands-on Experience
Gain confidence in teaching. Cal U students stand out in the chemistry education job market because they complete three fieldwork experiences in local schools prior to the student teaching component of this program.

Top Professors
Our secondary education faculty members have doctorate degrees and years of experience teaching in middle and high schools. You'll benefit from their expertise and get personal support in achieving your career goals.

Top Accreditation: This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

$64 K
average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
165 years
Cal U has been producing top-quality teachers in Pennsylvania since 1852.
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Degree Benefits

Discover the many benefits of Cal U's affordable bachelor's degree in education with a chemistry concentration.

  • Study chemistry curriculum development techniques.

  • Learn top strategies in lab and classroom management.

  • Master classroom technology for teaching chemistry.

  • Deepen your knowledge of inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, instruments used in chemical experiments, and other related topics.

  • Gain real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania schools.

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Graduate Outcomes

You'll graduate ready to teach chemistry in middle and high schools in Pennsylvania and other states. You'll also be well prepared to pursue a master's degree in teaching or education. Cal U secondary education program alumni go on to teach in schools in Pennsylvania and across the country, and many return to Cal U for graduate studies.

Chemistry Certification  - Secondary Education - Master's Degree
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Alumni/Faculty Spotlight

Meet Dr. Joe Zisk '73, a Cal U graduate who went on to teach chemistry, physics and biology in the Philadelphia area. He visited elementary schools where he was affectionately known as "Captain Chemo," showing experiments to children. As part of Cal U's education faculty, he helps with Science Olympiad and other projects.

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Course Spotlight: Methods of Science Education

Learn proven methods for teaching scientific concepts that will help your students understand and absorb key principles while igniting their wonder for the natural world.

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Real-Word Experience in Local Schools

Cal U maintains a network of Professional Development Schools (PDS) in Pennsylvania that serve as the ultimate lab setting where you will work directly with middle and high school teachers and students to gain real-life career experience.

Chemistry Concentration - Secondary Education Bachelor's Degree Courses

Our ever-evolving curriculum imparts the latest advancements in secondary education teaching methods while developing your mastery of chemistry in lab-based classes. This bachelor's degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 14
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 281  Calculus I 3
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Second Semester 17
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
CHE 331  Organic Chemistry I 4
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaborations 3
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
English Course 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
CHE 104  Introduction to Experimental Chemistry 3
CHE 306  Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 341  Organic Chemistry II 3
PHY 101  College Physics I 4
General Education Course (Art) 3
Fourth Semester 16
CHE 320  Analytical/Instruments Methods   3
CHE 371  Intermediate Lab I 1
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
SEC 210  Introduction to Secondary Education 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Inclusions in Secondary Education 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 14
CHE 372  Intermediate Chemistry Lab II 1
CHE 415  Biochemistry 4
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies in Secondary Education 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration in Secondary Education 3
Sixth Semester 16
CHE 461  Physical Chemistry I 3
CHE 471  Advanced Lab II 1
ESP 413  Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Education 3
HSC 315  First Aid and Personal Safety 3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 16
CHE 415  Biochemistry 4
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
SEC 395  Teaching of Science
Science Elective 3
Eighth Semester 15
SEC 460  Professional Practices in Secondary Education 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching Practicum 12
Total 123

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Secondary Education Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner

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Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Connie Monroe
Professor and chair, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

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Dr. Michael Perrotti
Education Department Chair; University-Wide Curriculum Committee Chair; Associate Professor

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Michael Ulderich
Assistant Professor

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