Chemistry

To gain a Chemistry endorsement, you must demonstrate your subject–matter knowledge in multiple ways.

Prior to your admission to the M.A.T. program you need to complete Chemistry coursework and state-required content exams. While enrolled in the M.A.T. program you will complete coursework and have school-based placements to prepare you to teach Chemistry.

 

1. CONTENT PREPARATION

One part of preparing to teach Chemistry is a strong preparation in the subject. The best content preparation is a major in Chemistry. At a minimum you should complete at least 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits (7.5 Puget Sound units) of Chemistry coursework. Suggested courses include:

  • General Chemistry. At Puget Sound take: CHEM 110: General Chemistry I, CHEM 120: General Chemistry I.
  • Organic Chemistry. At Puget Sound take: CHEM 250: Organic Chemistry I, : CHEM 251: Organic Chemistry II.
  • Analytical Methods: At Puget Sound take: CHEM 231: Analytical Methods.
  • Science, Technology and Society. At Puget Sound take: STS 347: Better Living Through Chemistry: Studies in the History and Practice of Chemistry.
     

2. TESTING

You must pass the National Evaluations System's exam (NES) in Chemistry and submit scores from an approved basic skills test. No specific passing score is required for basic skills. Scores are used as a formative instrument to determine a candidate's basic skill level in reading, writing, and mathematics.

  BASIC SKILLS TESTING CONTENT AREA TESTING
CHEMISTRY

TEST:  WEST–B or Alternative*

Math, Reading, & Writing

TEST: NES 306

Chemistry

*Out-of-state applicants may substitute either the PRAXIS I or CBEST for the WEST-B. Additionally, scores from the SAT or ACT taken after 2005 may be used to meet the basic skills requirement.


3. SCHOOL–BASED PLACEMENTS & COURSEWORK

During the academic year, you will complete middle school and high school teaching methods coursework and Chemistry-related school-based experiences. In addition, the state of Washington requires that you pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), which you will submit during spring semester.

 

For additional information, contact Karen Stump at the School of Education.