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Chemistry Education (7-12)

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The study of chemistry is broad but fundamental in a young student’s education. A chemistry education is necessary because it connects and helps you understand other sciences such as physics, biology, and geology. Be an important part of their junior high or high school education by becoming a chemistry teacher. At Wayne State College, you’ll get a solid understanding of chemistry while also learning how to teach in a classroom setting. 

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. (Subject Endorsement)
In addition to choosing the chemistry subject endorsement, you will also need to select a field endorsement or a second subject endorsement to receive your B.A. or B.S.


Hours required:
For endorsement: 39
For professional education: 27-33
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)


Popular pairings: Biology Education (7-12)


Schools: Natural and Social Sciences, Education and Counseling


Departments: Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Educational Foundations and Leadership


Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Nebraska Department of Education

Chemistry Education Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your degree to teach chemistry.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Chemical processes and materials
  • Chemical experiment and design
  • Analytical, physical, and organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • General physics and experimentation
  • Advanced lab techniques and management
  • Introductory meteorology or geology
  • Teaching and instruction methods
  • Curriculum development
  • Classroom management and leadership
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Research, observation, and analysis of data
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Time management 

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Middle school chemistry teacher
  • High school chemistry teacher
  • STEM specialist
  • Lab manager
  • Science tutor
  • Science teacher
  • Lab technician
  • Chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Toxicologist

Employers

Employers

  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Education and learning centers
  • Research labs
  • Energy and utility companies
  • Chemical companies
  • Cosmetic companies
  • Community programs
  • Environmental agencies
  • Public health organizations
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Government / federal agencies

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

WSC Service Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Biology and Chemistry Student Activities

Opportunities

  • Northeast Nebraska Teachers Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Research projects, class trips, and more – Conduct your own research and present your work at regional conferences. Additionally, you’ll have opportunities to help judge at the Nebraska Science Bowl and Jr. Academy of Science Fairs and also visit area analytical science labs.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your degree to teach chemistry, you’ll complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll work closely with an experienced teacher to gain classroom experience. Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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