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2023-2024 General Catalog [Current] 
    
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current]

Chemistry - Teacher Education Emphasis (Minor)


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Program Summary

Chemistry is a fundamental field of study that explores the physical world. Chemists seek to understand the properties and behavior of matter and then utilize this knowledge to solve problems and create solutions for critical issues related to human health, material development, and environmental issues, among many other applications. The Chemistry - Teacher Education Emphasis minor is designed for students wishing to obtain an endorsement to teach chemistry in secondary schools.

The Southern Utah University chemistry faculty are committed to instilling an understanding of chemistry and its relevance through quality teaching, scholarly activities, and service. In a world that is becoming increasingly more technical and complex, providing chemical instruction with the depth, breadth, and rigor required to meet this need is of primary importance.

As chemistry faculty, we endeavor to provide students with quality, current, comprehensive courses and hands-on experience to serve the following needs:

  1. Preparation of students for the pursuit of a graduate degree in chemistry.
  2. Preparation of students for the pursuit of a degree in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.).
  3. Preparation of students to gain immediate employment in a chemistry-related field upon obtaining their degree.
  4. Preparation of students who choose to become chemical educators.
  5. Education of students to think critically and independently.
  6. Improvement of students’ communicative, creative, analytic, and information-gathering skills.

To accomplish these goals, the chemistry faculty will provide the following:

  1. Honest evaluations of students’ abilities and potential.
  2. A climate of mutual trust and respect among faculty, staff, and students.
  3. The explanation, demonstration, and application of basic scientific principles and methodologies.
  4. Opportunities for mentorship through undergraduate research, employment, and other experiential and high-impact practices.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C” (2.0) or better to be counted in the minor.
  • All prerequisite courses must be passed with “C” (2.0) or better.
  • Credits greater than 10 years old will not be accepted in this minor.
  • State standards require Chemistry Principles, a laboratory safety course, 3D Teaching course, and Teaching Methods.

Chemistry - Teacher Education Minor Curriculum (20 Credits)


Total Credits, Minor: 20



 

Licensure Notification


This program typically leads to licensure/certification and was designed to meet such qualifications for the state of Utah. Students who are or may be planning to pursue licensure/certification in any other U.S. state or territory may need to meet additional education requirements. This is not a reflection of SUU’s accreditation or quality, as each state and territory regulates their own education requirements for occupational licensure.

Students enrolled in a teacher preparation program may potentially be able to use a Utah educator license to obtain licensure through reciprocity. Additional information may be found through the Department of Teacher Education’s reciprocity table.

An overview of all of SUU’s programs that lead to licensure/certification and the programs’ current determination statuses may be found at www.suu.edu/provost/licensure.html.

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