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. Review the Chemistry Endorsement Competency. 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.
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.
Please see our Testing Overview page for information on testing deadlines.
|BASIC SKILLS TESTING||CONTENT AREA TESTING|
Math, Reading, & Writing
TEST: NES 306
3. SCHOOL-BASED PLACEMENTS & COURSEWORK
You will complete middle school and high school teaching methods coursework and Chemistry-related school-based experiences during the academic year. In addition, the state of Washington requires that you pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), which you will submit during the spring semester.
For additional information, contact Karen Stump at the School of Education.