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  • M.S. in Chemistry and Adolescence Education, Grades 7 - 12

    Become a Chemistry teacher . . .
    And inspire students with a love of science and learning.
    School of Education
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights & Online

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Chemistry and Adolescence Education, Grades 7 - 12 M.S. Curriculum

Required Courses 36 Credits
Total 36 Credits

Required Courses

  • EDUC 500 Edu Fnd Diverse Perspectives
  • EDUC 502 Fndtns Educ Sdnts w/Dsblts
  • EDUC 505 Tchng English as 2nd Lang
  • EDUC 506 Ed Evl/Assmt ECldhd-Adol&Dsabl
  • EDUC 507 Aprchs Lit: EChldhd-Adolescenc
  • EDUC 511B Meth Material/Math Adol
  • EDUC 517 Educ Psych & Adlscnt Dvlpmnt
  • EDUC 518 Mthds & Mtrls in Mid Chldhd Ed
  • EDUC 643 Read/Write Cntnt Area Grd 5-12
  • EDUC 709 Student Teaching Experience*
  • or
  • EDUC 713 Seminar in Teaching*


Two of the following:

  • SCIE 555 Forensic Science
  • SCIE 556 Oceanography
  • SCIE 558 Physical Science
Will this program offer any special education certifications?
No, this is a single-certification program. You will qualify for a certification that allows you to teach chemistry in a general education classroom.
Will this program qualify me to teach in a middle school setting?
Yes, as long as it is in grade 7 or higher.
Meghan Marrero Professor, Secondary Education
Amanda Gunning Associate Professor, Secondary Science Education

Chemistry and Adolescence Education, Grades 7 - 12 Overview

The Program leads either to initial or professional certification teaching chemistry at the secondary level.  Professional certification requires an initial certificate and three years of classroom teaching experience.

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Chemistry and Adolescence Education, Grades 7 - 12 FAQS

Will this program offer any special education certifications?
No, this is a single-certification program. You will qualify for a certification that allows you to teach chemistry in a general education classroom.
Will this program qualify me to teach in a middle school setting?
Yes, as long as it is in grade 7 or higher.

Chemistry and Adolescence Education, Grades 7 - 12 Fast Facts

  • Recognition by the National Science Teachers Association
  • Small class size, with individual attention
  • Professors who are experienced classroom teachers who understand the practical side of the profession
  • A balance between theory and practice, so that you will be able to make informed teaching decisions based on a solid understanding of both the "how" and the "why"
  • A focus on student-centered assessment to assist in instructional planning and decision-making
  • Understanding the development of adolescent learners into critical and creative thinkers who are well prepared to take their place as productive members of society
  • Rich clinical experienced, supervised by a master teacher
  • Course content makes strong connections between physics and the real world

Career Opportunities

This program prepares teacher candidates to be certified to teach in middle school and/ or high school settings, in general education classrooms.


The programs of study in the School of Education are designed to provide professional preparation for candidates planning to teach and serve as educational leaders.

Mission Statement of the School of Education

The Mercy College educational unit is dedicated to preparing effective educators, including teachers and other school professionals, who are reflective practitioners, equipped with the knowledge base, technological skills, research tools and professional strategies and insights to empower them to help diverse populations of students succeed in their learning and community environments. The value of competency, diversity and ethical practice support the proficient development of candidates enabling them to become skilled professionals and lifelong learners. The unit is committed to creating innovative, flexible and accessible programs of study for its candidates and to developing partnerships and opportunities for collaboration and clinical experiences within Mercy College and with external communities.

Admission Requirements

  • Submission of completed application, including transcripts from previous institutions 
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 30-credits in the area of chemistry - 24 of which must be completed prior to application


All initial certification programs are nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Degree Requirements

  1. Successful completion of all required coursework in the selected master's program including the appropriate clinical practice experience
  2. A 3.0 cumulative GPA
  3. Successful completion of a capstone requirement. See the specific program for the capstone requirement

Chemistry and Adolescence Education, Grades 7 - 12 Objectives

Secondary Education Program Goals

The goals of the Secondary Education Program are based on the belief that teachers of students in grades 7-12 need to be grounded in a thorough understanding of one or more content fields, as well as methods of teaching that engage adolescent learners who are in their final year of K-12 education and who are preparing to enter the world of civic responsibility, higher education, and/or the job market. Thus, the program goals are:

  1. The candidate will understand, explain, analyze and apply the major concepts, principles, theories and underlying philosophies of secondary education programs that address the cognitive and psychological development of adolescent learners
  2. The candidate will be able to create learning opportunities and approaches to assessment that reflect an understanding of adolescent learners in ways that value and respond to the diversity of the student population and use family and community resources to extend the curriculum, while addressing the learning standards of the candidate's content field of study.

Goals of the School of Education

The unit goals establish the shared vision, mission, philosophy and guiding principles agreed to by members of the faculty and other stakeholders in the learning community. The unit's proficiencies, strategies and assessments are designed to ensure that candidates acquire the academic, pedagogical, professional and interpersonal skills required of teachers and other school professionals who prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing global environment. The six goals reflect the integrated knowledge, skills and dispositions that together ensure that candidates develop as effective educators and reflective practitioners. These goals are as follows:

Content Knowledge:

Candidates demonstrate a sold content knowledge base that enables them to deliver effective educational and professional services based on current research, theory and practice.

Pedagogical and Professional Knowledge:

Candidates employ multiple pedagogical and professional strategies and tools to enable them to be effective practitioners in educational settings and deliver services that promote students' intellectual, social and emotional development.


Candidates understand the diverse cultural, linguistic, learning and social strengths and needs of all populations and incorporate and demonstrate sensitivity to the richness of diverse cultures when providing educational and other school-service.


Candidates employ technology to deliver information, instruction and professional services to all members of school community.


Candidates reflect on professional practice to make educational decisions and enhance student learning.


Candidates demonstrate positive dispositions that enable them to work as effective educators, citizens and practitioners within the school and broader community.

The six unit goals are supported by the professional literature including theories, research, wisdom of practice and education policies.