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Secondary Education-Chemistry

Secondary Education Certification

Degree BS, Chemistry

Department Chair Charles Saladino, Jr., PhD

The secondary education program in chemistry (CHM/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high school and secondary school teachers of chemistry. The CHM/SECED program has been continually refined to keep pace with developments in the profession. It is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7–12) and transferable to many other states. A unique aspect of the program is that it prepares teachers to effectively deal with students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes.

Students majoring in CHM/SECED must meet requirements in both teacher education and in chemistry. Accordingly, they have two academic advisors who cooperate to keep students on track. Each semester students must meet with both of their advisors. Pre-service teachers in CHM/SECED must successfully complete the liberal arts core curriculum, a series of generic teacher education department (TED) courses and field experiences, the courses and experiences required by the SECED specialization, and a content area major in chemistry.

CHM/SECED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the second semester of the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre-service teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During students' final semester, they must complete a 15-week student-teaching assignment (two separate placements). All field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by Misericordia University. Transportation to and from field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student. Students who successfully complete the CHM/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by Misericordia University to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The university's recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the National Teacher Examination, qualify graduates for an "Instructional I" certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually have no difficulty becoming certified in other states.

Secondary Education Certification Chemistry BS Degree

Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. Students completing their degrees no later than May 2012 follow program guidelines described in the 2009-2010 University Catalog, available on the Misericordia University website.

Sequence of Required Courses


First Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 17     

Second Semester

  Total Credits 16
TED 131 Cultural Awareness (F) 1   TED 101 Education Seminar 0
TED 190 Freshman Field 0   TED 191 Freshman Field 0
CHM 133 Chemical Principles I 4   TED 121 Educational Technology 3
MTH 151 Calculus I 3   TED 231 Learning 3
ENG 103 English Composition 3   CHM 134 Chemical Principles II 4
PSY 123 Introduction to Psychology 3   MTH 152 Calculus II 3
ENG XXX American Literature Core 3   ENG XXX English Literature Core 3


Sophomore Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 18     

Second Semester

  Total Credits 17
SPE 111 Special Ed & Exceptional Learners 3   SPE 211 Educational Assessment 3
TED 243 Adolescent Development 3   TED 271 Classroom Management 2
TED 292 Sophomore Field I 0   TED 377 Classroom Management Secondary 1
CHM 243 Organic Chemistry 4   TED 293 Sophomore Field II 0
PHY 221 Physics I 4   CHM 244 Organic Chemistry II 4
MTH 225 Calculus III 4   CHM 210 Descriptive Chemistry 3
        PHY 222 Physics II 4


Junior Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 15-18     

Second Semester

  Total Credits 17
TED 351 Introduction to Instructional Planning 1   TED 367 Curriculum & Methods in Secondary Education 3
TED 394 Practicum I 0   TED395 Practicum II 0
CHM 355 Physical Chemistry I 4   CHM 356 Physical Chemistry 4
CHM 350 Chemical Literature 1   CHM411 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHM 353 Biochemistry I 3   CHM412 Instrumental Lab I 1
RLS XXX Religious Studies Core 3   PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3
FA XXX Fine Arts Core 3   CHM 354 Biochemistry II 3
HIS XXX Core (if not in Summer) 3        

Senior Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 15

Second Semester

  Total Credits 16
SPE 411 Inclusive Practices 3   TED 497 Student Teaching 9
TED 495 Practicum III 0   TED 411 English Language Learners 2
CHM 410 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3   TED 412 Professional Practice 2
CHM 413 Instrumental Lab II 1   SOC 101 Comparative Sociology 3
CHM 475 Chemistry Seminar 1        
FA XXX Fine Arts Core 3        
RLS XXX Religious Studies Core 3        
PHL XXX  Philosophy Core 3        

Total required for graduation 142 credits.