High school chemistry teachers have a unique opportunity to engage their students in “the central science” and lay a strong foundation for generations of critical service providers such as doctors, veterinarians and pharmacists. Learn how to ignite your students’ curiosity with a Secondary Education BSE in Chemistry at the University of Central Missouri, where high-quality teacher training has been part of our purpose since 1871.
This Secondary Education program prepares you for the numerous jobs for chemistry teachers available in today’s middle and high schools. Our undergraduate program will ensure that you head into your future classroom with a strong science education, a deep understanding of teaching methods and adolescent development, extensive experience in real classrooms and working knowledge of the field’s latest technology and equipment.
Accredited program for chemistry teachers
National accreditation matters when you’re comparing chemistry teacher colleges. A degree from a nationally recognized program builds trust immediately with future employers and graduate schools. UCM’s Chemistry program, where you’ll be taking many courses in your content area, has been accredited by the American Chemical Society for its academic rigor. Our Secondary Education program is fully accredited by the National Association of Science Teachers.
After completing this degree, you will be eligible to apply for educator certification in grades 9-12 Chemistry, as well as unified science certification through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Chemistry program accredited by ACS
NSTA-accredited Education program
Leader among Chemistry teacher colleges
Cutting-edge chemistry labs
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UCM’s Secondary Education degree in Chemistry brings you the best of two worlds: expert education to enrich your understanding of the science and time-tested training that has produced countless successful chemistry teachers.
You’ll begin your four-year chemistry teacher program with fundamental science and general education courses. In your sophomore year, you’ll begin to spend time in real classrooms in Missouri, at first observing and then teaching chemistry classes.
As the semesters go on, you’ll take on more advanced science projects in your UCM classes and spend increasing amounts of time in the field. By the time you reach your final semester, you’ll have the scientific background and educational tools to ensure your success as a full-time student teacher.
Chemistry teacher colleges offer training in your discipline, as well as in educational theory and best practices. At the University of Central Missouri, we prepare future chemistry teachers for their careers with classes such as:
Jobs for chemistry teachers require hands-on experience, so you feel confident running your own classroom.
High school chemistry teachers have the opportunity to engage students in this exciting discipline at a critical stage of their development. You’ll be able to interpret scientific concepts for your students, demonstrate how ideas and applications in chemistry relate to each other and create a safe science lab environment for conducting experiments.
You’ll be fully prepared to work in jobs for chemistry teachers in grades 9–12 once you earn your BSE and apply for certification through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Our attentive faculty will work with you every step of the way.
Jobs for chemistry teachers
Nearly all our graduates are immediately employed by a Missouri school district. Use our interactive tool below to find out more about typical salaries, career paths and market trends.
Providing affordable, high-quality education for teachers has been a priority at the University of Central Missouri for 150 years and counting. Our tuition rates are lower than many in the state and in the country, keeping our commitment to making excellent education accessible to everyone. We make it easy to finance your college degree and graduate with low student debt. We want new chemistry teachers to be able to focus on their students, not their bills.
Multiple scholarships are available specifically for Secondary Education majors in Chemistry.
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If you’re still deciding whether or not jobs for chemistry teachers are a good fit for you, consider degrees in these related disciplines:
You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in this program to:
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
UCM’s Science Education programs are recognized by National Association of Science Teachers (NSTA)