Secondary Education - Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Education
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences
This degree prepares you to teach middle or high school chemistry (grades 7-12). It is firmly grounded in chemistry content, with significant work in teacher preparation through the highly acclaimed NAUTeach science and mathematics teacher certification program. This plan will prepare you to teach this relevant, exciting, and increasingly marketable subject.
This program is nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
The full policy can be viewed here.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 93 units of major requirements which includes 30 units of Mathematics and Science Teaching requirements.
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements.
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units.
Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):
Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 137|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-S||Recommended|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
The NAUTeach program is a challenging undergraduate course of study solely designed to prepare mathematics and science teachers for grades 6-12. The program emphasizes the pre-service teacher’s ability to develop research-based pedagogy through a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) focused, field intensive, rigorous curriculum. This allows undergraduate students to be highly supported by faculty who specialize in mathematics and science education research and Master Teachers that have years of professional classroom experience. Our program is designed for students with strong skills in mathematics or science seeking certification to teach biology, chemistry, physics, Earth sciences, general science, or mathematics at the secondary level.
The NAUTeach program, modeled after the successful UTeach program at the University of Texas, provides opportunities for you to:
- graduate in four years. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in education in their field of study.
- earn dual degrees. Students have the ability to earn degrees both in specific fields of science or mathematics and in teaching science or math.
- have early classroom teaching immersion. Students are in the K-12 mathematics or science classroom teaching and observing from the first semester and throughout the NAUTeach program to prepare for their capstone student teaching experience.
- work cooperatively in a STEM focused center. Course of study partnered with the department of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics.
- experience “student-centered” instruction. Course structure supports deep student understanding of concepts related to teaching, science, and mathematics.
- develop numerous STEM based lessons and a full STEM based unit. Students teach numerous STEM lessons and a STEM unit at local secondary schools, which build towards a capstone student teaching experience that utilizes the full range of skills and experiences.
- engage in educational dialogue and planning. Students plan lessons that promote deep content knowledge, analytical reasoning, creative thought and use of appropriate teaching strategies.
- use technology to enhance learning. Students experience technology throughout NAUTeach courses and develop lessons that model technology use in 6-12 classrooms.
- earn scholarships, internships and loan forgiveness. Numerous financial opportunities exist for secondary mathematics and science education majors.
- inspire future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians to change the world. Visit Teachers who inspired great scientists to see how teachers change the world.
Student Learning Outcomes
Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium
- Design instruction that develops all students’ abilities to meet academic standards
- Reflect on teaching practices including the creation of a classroom environment based on respect and rapport that fosters a positive climate for learning, equity, and excellence.
- Create and maintain a learning climate that supports the development of all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
- Implement and manage instruction that develops all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
- Assess learning and communicate results to all students, parents and other appropriate professionals with respect to all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
- Collaborate with colleagues, parents the community and other appropriate agencies to design, implement, and support learning that supports all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
- Review and evaluate personal performance in order to improve teaching practices through reflection.
- Develop and nurture current professional knowledge of the teaching/learning process.
- Provide evidence of student learning through the design and implementation of instruction that makes use of effective communication techniques, is based on student prior knowledge, actively engages students in the learning process, and provides timely high-quality feedback.
- Reflect on the roles and responsibilities and adhere to legal and ethical requirements of the profession.
- In collaboration with other professionals, participate in the design, implementation, and assessment of individual education programs.
- Provide evidence of meeting the Arizona Professional Teaching Standards by taking the AEPA Secondary Professional Knowledge exam.
- Core Knowledge in Chemistry:
- Fundamental structures of atoms and molecules
- Basic principles of ionic, covalent, and metallic bonding
- Periodicity of physical and chemical properties of elements
- Laws of conservation of matter and energy
- Fundamental of chemical kinetics, equilibrium and thermodynamics
- Kinetic molecular theory and gas laws
- Mole concept, stoichiometry, and laws of composition
- solutions, colloids, and colligative properties
- Acids/ base chemistry
- Fundamental oxidation-reduction chemistry
- Fundamental organic chemistry and biochemistry
- Nature of science: Fundamental processes in chemistry
- Applications of chemistry in personal and community health and environmental quality
- Fundamentals of nuclear chemistry
- Historical development and perspectives in chemistry
- Advanced Competencies in Chemistry
- Principles of electrochemistry
- Transition elements and coordination compounds
- Molecular orbital theory, aromaticity, metallic and ionic structures, and correlation to properties of matter
- Advanced concepts in chemical kinetics, equilibrium, gas laws, and thermodynamics
- Lewis structures and molecular geometry
- Advanced concepts in acid/ base chemistry, including buffers
- Major biological compounds and reactions
- Solvent system concepts
- Chemical reactivity and molecular structure including electronic and steric effects
- Organic chemistry including syntheses, reactions, mechanisms, and aromaticity
- Green chemistry and sustainability
- How to design, conduct, and report research in chemistry
- General Supporting Competencies
- Biology: Molecular biology and Ecology
- Earth Science: Geochemistry; Cycles of matter; Energetics of Earth systems
- Physics: Energy; Properties and functions of waves, motions and forces; Electricity; Magnetism
- Mathematical and statistical concepts: Statistics: Use of differential equations; Calculus
Additional Admission Requirements
Admission requirements over and above admisssion to NAU are required.
To be eligible for admission to the teacher education program, candidates must meet the following requirements and apply for the program online.
30 units of coursework which includes:
- TSM 101, TSM 102 and TSM 303 with grades of "C" or better
- Program Mathematics Foundations requirement with a grade of "C" or better
- The English foundations requirement (ENG 105 or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (If your English GPA is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 GPA.)
- Completion of or enrollment in TSM 303
- A minimum GPA of 2.5 in all content major coursework (must have taken at least 12 units) AND one of the following grade point average requirements:
- A cumulative 2.5 GPA in Liberal Studies courses
- A cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
- You must be declared in this major
- Submission of a copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card, obtainable through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (602-223-2279)
Take the following 93 units:
- BIO 181, BIO 181L (4 units)
- CHM 151, CHM 151L, CHM 152, CHM 152L, CHM 235, CHM 235L, CHM 238, CHM 238L, CHM 320, CHM 320L, CHM 341 (25 units)
- Select two courses from: CHM 350, CHM 360, CHM 440 (6 units)
- Select one course from: CHM 300W, ENG 302W, ENG 305W (3 units)
- GLG 101, GLG 103 (4 units)
- MAT 136, MAT 137 (8 units)
- TSM 360 (3 units)
- PHY 161, PHY 262 (PHY 262L is not required.) (7 units)
- POS 220 (3 units)
Mathematics and Science Teaching Courses (30 units)
Note: TSM 495C meets Northern Arizona University's senior capstone requirement.Note: In order to be approved for student teaching, you must complete TSM 350, TSM 404, and TSM 450, earning a grade of "B" or better in two of the three courses and earning a "C" or better in the remaining course. TSM 350, TSM 404 and TSM 450 may be repeated with a grade of “C”.
In all of our teacher education programs, you are required to apply for, and complete a student teaching or internship experience. Applications are due one year prior to the student teaching semester. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher.
Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:
- Admission to the teacher education program
- NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 2.5 in all teacher preparation courses, with no grade lower than a "C"
- Passing score on the required Professional Dispositions Modules
- Complete all plan requirements
- Take the appropriate AEPA or NES Subject Knowledge test.
- All major coursework, with the exception of TSM 101, must be completed within six years prior to student teaching.
- All candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
- Candidates requesting student teaching placements in TSM 495C must take the NES Chemistry Subject Knowledge Exam prior to final clearance to student teach.
In order to obtain an AZ teaching certificate, you must pass the following required Arizona Educator Exams
- Chemistry Subject Knowledge Exam
- Secondary Professional Knowledge Exam
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.
This degree plan is supported through the NAUTeach program.