Chemistry Teacher Education

This program has been designed specifically for students that want to become middle school or high school science teachers.  It provides an interdisciplinary background in the natural sciences with an emphasis in Chemistry.  This program leads to an education degree and needs to be taken in concert with the middle/high or high only authorizations program in the College of Education. Pre-education coursework should be taken concurrently with the Chemistry Teacher Education Option coursework listed below in the first three years of college.  Usually, the 4th or final year of college is dedicated to the professional education core coursework listed below.  Please meet with both an Education Adviser and a Chemistry Adviser to plan your program accordingly.

Chemistry Teacher Education Option:

 – CH221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (15)
 –   CH312 Quantitative Analysis (4)
 –  CH334. 335. 336 Organic Chemistry (9)
 –  CH337, 338 Organic Chemistry I and II Labs (3)
 –  CH340 Elementary Physical Chemistry (4)
 –  CH350 Chemical Literature (1)
 –  CH409 Practicum, Laboratory Preparation (1)
 –  CH450 Biochemistry I (3)
 –  MTH 251, 252 Calculus I and II (10)
Choose one: (3)
 –  CH371 Environmental Chemistry (3)
 –  ES390 Basic Meteorology (3)
Choose one sequence: (12)
 –  PH201, 202, 203 General Physics with Algebra (12)
 –  PH211, 212, 213 General Physics with Calculus (12)
Upper Division Electives (8-10) Choose from below or obtain approval for other options from your chemistry adviser
 –  CH310 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
 –  CH313 Instrumental Analysis (4)
 –  CH320 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)
 –  CH354 Computational Chemistry (2)
 –  CH360 Nuclear Chemistry (3)
 –  CH361 Energy, Resources, and Environment (3)
 –  CH371 Environmental Chemistry (3)
 –  CH412 Inorganic Chemistry of the Environment (3)
 –  CH451 Biochemistry II (3)
 –  CH452 Biochemistry Lab (3)
 –  ES390 Basic Meteorology (3)
 –  ES331 Oceanography (3)
 –  GS351 Elements of Astronomy (3)
 –  MTH314 Differential Equations (4)
 –  PH311 Introduction to Modern Physics I (4)
 –  PH312 Introduction to Modern Physics II (4)


All students completing this degree must complete  the BI211, 212, 213 series as their LACC laboratory science requirement. MTH112 is the prerequisite for MTH251. This major does not lead to a chemistry degree, but may lead to an education degree following the completion of the professional core in the College of Education. Please contact and adviser in the College of Education for further details.


Education Degree Program: Undergraduate Teacher Preparation

There are special requirements for admission to the education progras.  Contact the Teacher Education Division Representatives for more information.  The College of Education’s Policy Analysis and Review Committee establishes policies and standards that students must meet before being admitted to teacher education courses.

Initial Licensure

Professional Education Core (38-43 credits)

Education majors are required to complete all pre-education courses (all 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses with a grade of B- or better) required for the major (early childhood only, early childhood/elementary, elementary/middle, middle/high, or high only) prior to entry to the professional education core.

Pre-Education Courses: Middle/High or High Only

 –  ED200 Multiculturalism in the College Experience (3)
 –  ED270 Technology in Education (3)
 –  ED333 Applied Adolescent Learning and Development (3)
 –  ED370 Special Education and Inclusive Communities (3)


Requirements for admission into the professional education core include: (1) a minimum overall (or last 90 hours) GPA of 2.75, (2) a minimum GPA of 3.0 in education coursework, and (3) for middle and high authorizations a minimum of 3.0 in endorsement area content courses.

The professional education core includes three quarters of intensive classes and clinical experiences organized in the following fashion, by authorization level and major. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in education coursework and grades of B- or better in all courses while enrolled in the professional education core.

Professional Education Core: Middle/High or High Only

Term I
 –  ED404 Clinical Experience Seminar (1)
 –  ED411 Clinical Experience (3)
 –  ED418 Assessment, Planning, and Instruction (3)
 –  ED434 Content Pedagogy (3)
 –  ED446 Environments for Diverse Learners (3)
 –  ED481 Introduction to ESOL and Bilingual Education (3)
Term II
 –  ED405 Clinical Experience Seminar II (1)
 –  ED412 Clinical Experience II (3)
 –  ED436 Content Pedagogy II (3)
 –  ED444 Content Literacy (3)
 –  ED450 Authorization Specialty and Classroom Management
Term III
 –  ED429 Professional Development Seminar III (2)
 –  ED498 Clinical Experience III (10)




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