Wayne State College
Chemistry Education Degree

Chemistry Education Degree Program

About the Chemistry Education Degree Program

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. With a degree to teach chemistry, you can be an important part of their junior high or high school education. In the Chemistry Education degree program at Wayne State College, you’ll get a solid understanding of chemical sciences while also learning how to teach in a classroom setting. 

Sample Program of Study

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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: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)

Popular pairings: Biology Education (7-12)

Schools: Science, Health, and Criminal Justice, Education and Behavioral Sciences

Departments: Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Educational Foundations and Leadership

Accreditation:  Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education

Licensing and Certification: Wayne State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Nebraska. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Authorization may be required from them prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Learn more.

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The chemistry and education programs at Wayne State are nationally ranked for academic excellence, incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

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Scholarships and Aid

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 Chemistry Education degree.

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 in the Chemistry Education degree program.

Chemistry Education Degree 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 

Chemistry Education Degree 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

Chemistry Education Degree 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. 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 the Chemistry Education degree program.

Outside the Classroom

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

WSC 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.

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  • Northeast Nebraska Teacher 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 Junior Academy of Science Fairs and also visit area analytical science labs.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
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Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your Chemistry Education degree, 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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