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Education: Concentration 6-12 Secondary Chemistry Education

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Why Study 6-12  Secondary Chemistry

Students who wish to combine their CoSTEM chemistry knowledge and skills with the COE pedagogy in education courses can learn best science practices that engage 6-12 students to conduct more of an inquiry-based approach in the classroom. Students will learn how to encourage 6-12 students to take a more active role in learning how living organisms function, evolve, and interact. Additionally, students will develop science literacy skills that inform decision-making, civic participation, cultural engagement, and economic productivity.

A student’s academic interests include a serious and sincere commitment to wanting to teach relevant everyday events as a basis of science instruction that will foster interest and curiosity. Academic interests include understanding the process of conducting hands-on science experiments in a 6-12 classroom. As a result, 6-12 students are encouraged to develop exploratory questions and hypotheses to explain events or science phenomena. Possible hobbies as a science teacher might include observing and making inferences about how living organisms interact with nature.

It is projected there is a 5% growth rate from 2018-2028 chemistry teacher positions. Additionally, about 48,700 new jobs from chemistry teachers are projected over the next decade with salaries increasing 8% in the last 5 years.  

What will I learn

Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements

Education: 6-12 Secondary Chemistry Education

General Education Core