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  • Program Type
  • Degrees Offered
    B.A., B.S.
  • School
    Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences

What You’ll Learn

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You’ll gain a broad knowledge base in the chemical sciences, learn to communicate effectively, and develop strong analytical and critical-thinking skills so that you can teach chemistry to students in grades five to twelve. You’ll also learn best practices in classroom management to meet the needs of diverse student populations with varied learning styles.

Benefit from individual attention and mentorship.

You’ll be in small classes alongside world-class faculty who bring professional experience to their classrooms.

Gain hands-on classroom experience.

You’ll spend 8-14 weeks in a secondary chemistry classroom under the supervision of an assigned cooperating teacher. The experience includes observation, teaching, and the performance of teacher-related responsibilities.

Prepare for the student populations of the 21st century.

You’ll explore evidence-based teaching strategies for inclusive course design, student-centered pedagogical practices, and facilitating learning across differences — all essential components of effective teaching in our increasingly diverse nation. 

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.


Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for middle and high school teachers to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030, with demand increasing as student enrollment rises.

Career Paths

  • High School Teacher
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Science Journalist
  • Technical Sales

Featured Faculty

Carmen Cain, PhD

Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Secondary Education Program, Director of Licensure Track Program

Having been an educator for over 20 years now, my first priority at the University of Mary is to facilitate student learning so teacher-candidates are prepared for the joys and challenges of their own classroom. I enjoy collaborating with an excellent faculty to provide our students with the best education possible.

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