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

View Student Learning Outcome

This program is currently not accepting applications for admission. As an alternate see our M.A.T. degree program in Adolescence Science Education (grades 7-12).

Students choosing this program gain in-depth knowledge of some area of modern chemistry: 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 Coordinator 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 and Biochemistry
Secondary Education
Fall Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Fall
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

2. Two letters of recommendation

3. Resume

4. Photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate

5. 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.

1. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Interview with department.

Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .

All students accepted in to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Verification is needed if you already have fingerprint records or not. Please read the instructions in the link http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/schools/education/certification/fingerprints.php, and if you have questions about the instructions, you can contact Helen Spencer at HSpencer@brooklyn.cuny.edu
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


This program is currently not accepting applications.
Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer courses in chemistry as follows: one year of general chemistry; a comprehensive course in organic chemistry (may be one or two terms depending on curriculum) one term of physical chemistry; and one semester of analytical chemistry. Admitted students who have not completed a two semester sequence in organic chemistry or two semesters in physical chemistry may need to take additional undergraduate coursework to meet pre-requisites for some required courses. Students should consult with the department for advice on this issue.

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

(a) New York State Initial Certification in teaching chemistry grades 7-12; or
courses in education or equivalent course work and teaching experience 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; passage of the edTPA.

(b) 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) or its equivalent 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 and Biochemistry Department.

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

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

Students must complete at least 12 credits in Chemistry. This must include at least one of the following courses: Chemistry 7761G, 7550G, 7571G, 7670G or 7640G.

Students must also complete either Chemistry 7450G or 7950.

Six of the remaining 18 credits required for the degree may be taken in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department or in other science subjects directly related to chemistry.
Students must also complete either Option A or B below. With the approval of the science education program head, students enroll in the appropriate Option A or Option B based upon teaching experience, previous course work, and the teaching certificates they hold.

Option A (for in-service teachers): 30 credits
This option is for students who possess a New York State Initial Certification in teaching chemistry grades 7-12, or its equivalent.
Students must complete 12 credits in courses in the Department of Secondary Education. 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 all of the following:
SEED 7502T or SEED 7324X, SEED 7500X or SEED 7315X, SEED 7340T or SEED 7320T, and SEED 7503X or SEED 7038X or SEED 7325X.

Option B (for pre-service teachers):30-46 credits
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 appropriate courses in (a), (b) and (c) below:
(a) SEED 7500X or SEED 7315X, SEED 7501X or SEED 7314X, SEED 7502T or SEED 7324X, SEED 7503X or SEED 7325X, SEED 7340T or SEED 7320T.
(b) SEED 7380T, SEED 7381T, SEED 7383T, SEED 7542T, SEED 7543T.
(c) SEED 7671X.

Students who wish to register for student teaching seminar and field placement in the science education program will need to file an application with the science education program head for permission. See program office for details.
Students must pass a comprehensive examination or submit a thesis acceptable to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Information about requirements for the comprehensive examination and the thesis is in the chapter "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

Courses in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department or other science departments and the School of Education offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses.
The program of study must be approved early in the first semester by the chairperson or the deputy chairperson of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and the Head of the program in adolescence science education.