The Chemistry Education major is designed to prepare you for teaching in junior and senior high schools. A Bachelor of Science in Education with a Chemistry major plus 12 semester hours in each of the other sciences (biology, earth and physics) will qualify you to teach those secondary science courses under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. Other opportunities not part of any regular program exist on campus and provide sound practical experience, such as student assistants and participation in the campus-tutoring program.
TEACHER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
You are typically admitted into Teacher Education during your sophomore year or beginning of your junior year of college. Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/undergrad_ed/
As a Chemistry Education major you are placed into schools for a series of field experiences including Introduction to Education (40 hours); Practicum (80 hours); Culturally Diverse Practicum (25 hours involving 3 consecutive full days in a classroom), and a twelve-week student teaching field experience completed in a location that works well for the student and university. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned regarding their classroom preparation and field experience opportunities.
FACILITIES AND RESOURCES
The Rhoades Science Center includes a greenhouse for work in biology and botany, a planetarium and laboratories for biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, computer science, and photography studies. Students have access to:
- A fully equipped Aquatic Macro invertebrate Laboratory and Biomedical Research laboratory
- Weather stations
- River gauge station
- Fish hatchery
- The dam and reservoir at Lake Ashtabula
- The Soil Conservation Service
- North Dakota State Extension Service.
- Biology faculty have ongoing connections with North Dakota Department of Health, ND Parks and Recreation, Northern Prairie
- Wildlife Research Center, and the US Army Corps of engineers and with faculty involved in graduate programs at UND and NDSU.