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Chemistry for Secondary Education

Major, Minor

Program Overview

STEM is in demand—both for students entering STEM fields, and the teachers who need to prepare them. As a chemistry for secondary education major, you'll  gain the experience in the lab and classroom that you'll need to teach in grades 6-12.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 22 - 59

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

We're not just a leader in teacher education. We're also a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution. That means you'll get intensive, hands-on experience your whole time here. You'll observe and lead classrooms as a teaching major, and conduct research alongside leading chemists.

As a chemistry student, you'll complete a capstone project before you graduate. For more than 50 years, that's been the hallmark of our American Chemical Society-certified program. And it's still the only one of its kind among Michigan's public universities. With a faculty member as your mentor, you'll complete a research project about a subject you're passionate about.

At the same time, you'll be building classroom experience through our time-tested teaching program. You can even spend a semester in the Dominican Republic or Florida, learning to adapt your teaching skills in an unfamiliar place.

As a graduate, you'll qualify for your Michigan teacher's certificate, and be able to teach chemistry in grades 6-12.

Program Highlights

As a chemistry for secondary education student, you will:

  • Learn in the four-story, 60,000-square-foot Dow Science Complex. This state-of-the-art center supports NMR spectrometry, radioactive materials research, and mass spectrometry and spectroscopy.
  • Sharpen your teaching skills at our Center for Excellence in STEM Education, where you'll work with students from area schools.
  • Join a group of fellow science lovers. The student chapter of the American Chemical Society has been recognized for excellence for eight years in a row.

Careers & Outcomes

In this program, you'll gain the skills and qualification necessary to teach chemistry to grades 6-12.

Career Projected Salary
Middle/High School Teacher $45,759
Science Teacher $51,067
Curriculum and Instructional Designer/Developer $62,073
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