M.A. degree program in education: chemistry teacher (7-12)
HEGIS code 1905.01
NYS SED program code 26766

Students choosing this program gain in-depth knowledge of some area of modern organic, inorganic, quantum chemistry, biochemistry or instrumental analysis. Seminar courses provide exposure to diverse subject matter in areas of current research interest within the department and beyond. Students also receive a detailed introduction to the use of the teaching laboratory in adolescent education. The School of Education component prepares students for teaching; the required courses vary depending on the entry qualifications of students. The profession of teacher education is licensed by the New York State Education Department. Therefore, program requirements are subject to change. All students should consult with the Head of the program in adolescence science education for the current requirements.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Alexakos, Konstantinos Program Head 718 951 5000 x 3869 2617 James Hall alexakosk @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Call/Email for appointment
Magliozzo, Richard Graduate Deputy 718-951-2845 3148 Ingersoll Hall seedinfo @ brooklyn.cuny.edu;
rmaglioz @ brooklyn.cuny.edu
by appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Chemistry
Education, Secondary Education
Fall Application Deadline May 15th - rolling admission
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate, a brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals.
Interview with department.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 550, 213, 79


Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer courses in chemistry as follows: general chemistry, including qualitative analysis; a comprehensive course in organic chemistry (may be one or two terms depending on curriculum) one term of physical chemistry; and analytical chemistry.

Applicants must also offer (a) or (b) or (c):

(a) New York State Initial Certification in teaching chemistry grades 7-12;

(b) courses in education that meet the New York State standards for the pedagogical core. These courses include study of the following: history of education and philosophy of education or principles of education or educational sociology; educational psychology or developmental psychology or psychology of adolescence or adolescent development; classroom management; teaching students with special needs and English language learners; 6 credits in literacy and language acquisition; curriculum development and methods of assessing student learning; uses of technology in the classroom; methods of teaching chemistry in grades 7-12; 100 hours of fieldwork; 40 days or 300 hours of student teaching chemistry in grades 7-12, or one year of full-time teaching of chemistry in grades 7-12.

(c) an undergraduate degree with a major in chemistry or appropriate course work in chemistry.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate scholastic index of 3.00. A minimum average of 3.00 in graduate courses is required to maintain matriculation.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before being considered for admission. For more updated and complete information on minimum passing scores see the section on additional admission requirements for students with international credentials in the Graduate Bulletin or the program web page. At the discretion of the program, additional English courses may be required as a condition for admission.

Applicants who have not completed all the specific course requirements are given individual consideration and may be admitted with conditions, with the approval of the Head of the program in adolescence science education in the School of Education and the chairperson of the Chemistry Department.

Applicants should see the Head of the program in adolescence science education for counseling.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."
Degree requirements
A minimum of 30 credits are required for the degree.

Students must complete one of the following courses: Chemistry 7761G, 7550G, 7571G, 7670G or 7640G.
Students must also complete Chemistry 7450G.

Students must complete an additional 5 credits in graduate courses in Chemistry, for a total of 12 credits in Chemistry.

Six of the remaining 18 credits required for the degree may be taken in the Chemistry Department or in other science subjects directly related to chemistry.
Students must pass a comprehensive examination or submit a thesis acceptable to the Chemistry Department. Information about requirements for the comprehensive examination and the thesis is in the chapter "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

Students must complete 12 credits in courses in the Department of Secondary Education (SEED). Students take different education courses and sequences of courses depending on their previous course work, teaching experience, and the certificates they hold. Students who possess Initial Certification in teaching chemistry must complete 9 credits in Group II and 3 credits in Group III, below.
Students who do not possess Initial Certification in teaching chemistry or equivalent course work and teaching experience or who are teaching but do not possess Initial Certification in teaching chemistry must have the appropriate course work and credits in the subject area and must complete courses in Group I, Group II, and 7503X in Group III below. The student teaching methods course (SEED 7380T) must precede the student teaching seminars (SEED 7381T and SEED 7383T) and field experience (SEED 7542T and SEED 7543T).

Students who already have a master's degree but wish Initial Certification in teaching chemistry must take appropriate courses in Groups I and III, below, as determined at the time of matriculation by the Head of the program in adolescence science education in the School of Education.

Group I:
Secondary Education 7500X, 7501X or 7314X, 7542T, 7380T, 7381T, 7383T, 7671X, 7543T.

Group II:
Secondary Education 7502T, 7327T or 7326X, 7340T.

Group III:
Secondary Education 7547T, 7527T, 7545X, 7503X, 7548X/ENGL 7507X, 7315, 7038X.
Courses in the Chemistry Department or other science departments and the School of Education offered toward the degree must be 700-level courses. The program of study must be approved early in the first semester by the chairperson or the deputy chairperson of the Chemistry Department and the Head of the program in adolescence science education.