Chemistry with Teaching BS
Completion of the “with Teaching” Bachelor’s of Science degree will prepare students for the same scientific and related careers as the Chemistry B.A. program. In addition, students will also be prepared to take the Pennsylvania Department of Education Praxis exams, which will certify them to teach Biology in a secondary school classroom in Pennsylvania, and in states with reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania. The pedagogy courses in this program are especially designed for science and mathematics majors, and emphasize skills in designing and delivering inquiry-based curricula, with extensive opportunities for practice teaching in Philadelphia School District classrooms.
With these goals in mind, we follow the American Chemical Society's (ACS) guidelines as given in the Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry (UPEC) pamphlet (Spring 2008). A list of those goals are given below:
After completing this program, students will
- know material from foundational and in-depth course work in 4 out of 5 subdivisions of chemical research:
- Analytical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- have laboratory skills in a broad range of subdivisions through laboratory experience in 4 of 5 chemistry subdivisions
- have problem-solving skills such as the ability to
- develop testable hypotheses
- design and execute experiments
- data analysis
- be able to research chemical literature
- have laboratory safety skills
- be able to communicate their knowledge of chemistry as developed in the capstone courses
- be able to work effectively as part of a team as developed through their laboratory courses.
- Work with Master and Mentor teachers to learn to gain an appreciation of the teaching profession and increase teaching skills.
- Understand and be able to design and deliver lessons using the “5E” model.
- Be able to design and deliver inquiry-based science and mathematics lessons, groups of lessons and entire courses.
- Gain experience in utilizing state of the art technology in designing science and mathematics lessons.
- Understand accepted models and standards for science and mathematics principles.
- Acquire skill in designing and applying a variety of methods to assess student learning.
- Have compared and utilized various modes of teaching including direct instruction, inquiry and cooperative group instruction in designing and delivering instruction.
- Be ready to teach lessons via project-based instruction.
- Develop an overview of the development of modern science and mathematics and acquire skills in historical resource including identify sources and evaluating their reliability.
- Develop awareness of issues of equity and diversity as applicable to instruction in secondary schools.
- Know how to create a classroom environment of respect and rapport that fosters a positive climate for learning, equity and excellence.
- Become skilled in promoting student learning by providing responsive instruction that make use of effective communication techniques, instructional strategies that actively engage students in the learning process, and through timely, high-quality feedback.
- Learn to fulfill professional roles and responsibilities and adhere to legal and ethical requirements of the profession.