Chemistry Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education Major (BS)


This major is designed to prepare students for initial certification to teach both Chemistry and Student with Disabilities (SWD) as a Generalist in grades 7 to 12, with an extension to teach Chemistry in grades 5 and 6. In addition, this major prepares students for the Content Specialty Tests (CSTs) required for the dual certification.

This major includes 51 credits in the Chemistry Content Core and corresponding Science and Math Co-Requisites, and 43 credits of Pedagogy Content offered by the Department of Education and Human Development (EHD). It also includes a series of specific General Education courses to prepare for the multi-subject CST that is required to certify as a SWD Generalist. Because of the large number of required credits in this major, students must plan their time at Brockport carefully and consult with advisors in both Chemistry and EHD.

The Chemistry Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education major meets the requirements for the following initial certifications (see ‘Certification’ below for all requirements) as outlined by the New York State Education Department (NYSED):

  • Adolescence Chemistry, 7-12
  • Adolescence Chemistry, 5-6 Extension
  • Students with Disabilities, 7-12, Generalist

Admission to the Program

Students will need to meet SUNY 3.0 GPA requirements for admission in one of the following ways:

First-year students must meet at least one of the following admissions criteria:

  • High School GPA of a B or better
  • High School Rank in top 30%
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) ≥ 1140
  • ACT ≥ 24
  • Brockport GPA ≥ 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Transfer students must meet at least one of the following admissions criteria:

  • High School GPA of a B or better
  • High School Rank in top 30%
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) ≥ 1140
  • ACT ≥ 24
  • Transfer GPA ≥ 3.0 based on at least 12 credits
  • Brockport GPA ≥ 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Students will need to meet SUNY 3.0 GPA requirements for admission, and students must meet NYSED requirements for minimum acceptable grades during completion of the program, including grades of C or above for all Content Core (including required SWD Generalist required courses) and Pedagogical Core coursework. Students must re-take courses where grades have not met this minimum acceptable grade standard.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements and Cognates (31 credits)

Students in this program must meet the general education requirements in effect at the time of matriculation. Some general education requirements also count toward major requirements. You will need to seek advisement to complete the following specific courses to complete this major successfully and satisfy the College’s General Education Program:

Specific SWD Generalist Requirements (not covered by Content & Pedagogical Core)

Other SUNY Brockport General Education Requirements

Chemistry Content and Co-Requisites (51 credits)

Chemistry Content Core Courses (35 credits)

Science and Math Co-Requisites (16 credits)

Prerequisites (0-4 credits)

Pedagogy Content (43 credits)


Phase I

Phase II

Phase III

Student Teaching (must have overall Brockport GPA of 2.5 to register)

Total Credits (125 credits)

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements
**denotes field experiences that require 50 hours of in-classroom time

Continuation Requirements (Once Enrolled)

  • Maintain ≥ 2.0 cumulative Brockport GPA
  • Earn ≥ C in all content core, EDI, PRO, and required SWD Generalist courses
  • Complete prerequisite course(s) before moving to the next program phase
  • Minimum grade levels apply to transfer courses. See community college advising guides
  • Demonstrate the dispositions necessary in the teaching profession
  • Acquire and maintain an acceptable level of professional performance

Continuation in the program may be denied to any teacher candidate whose level of performance and/or dispositions do not adequately meet academic or professional standards. Decisions with respect to retention or dismissal of a teacher candidate are made by the faculty and staff of the Department of Education and Human Development, in consultation with the faculty in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and not by any one person.

Students should note that admission into most graduate education programs in New York State will require a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Additional Degree Requirements

Licensure & Certification

SUNY Brockport Endorsement

Students must complete this program and submit the recommendation form to be eligible for the SUNY Brockport’s recommendation for New York State certification. Students should consult the Brockport Certification Office for the full list of New York state requirements for certification.

New York State Initial Teacher Certification Exams

Prospective Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education Teacher candidates must pass the following New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) to obtain initial certification in the State of New York:

Certification Exams to Teach Chemistry

  • Educating All Students (EAS)
  • Content Specialty Test (CST) – Chemistry

Students with Disabilities Certification Exams

  • Content Specialty Test (CST) – Students with Disabilities
  • Multi-subject Secondary Teachers (7-12) Exam


Students must complete the following workshops and trainings for program completion:

Program Co-Advisors

Dawn Lee, M.S.
Physical Science Lecturer
(585) 395-5873

Markus Hoffmann, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
(585) 395-5587

Amy McNulty, M.S.Ed.
Adolescence Education Advisement Coordinator

Student Learning Outcomes

Chemistry Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate understanding and apply the principles of:

  1. chemical nomenclature.
  2. atomic structure and quantum theory.
  3. molecular structure and reactivity.
  4. stoichiometric calculations based upon chemical formulae and balanced chemical equations including oxidation-reduction reactions.
  5. chemical energetics and thermodynamics including chemical equilibrium.
  6. reaction dynamics (kinetics and mechanisms).
  7. descriptive chemistry of the elements, compounds, and trends in the periodic table.

Students will be able to

  1. critically assess primary literature.
  2. contribute positively and effectively as a member of a team while addressing a chemical issue.
  3. understand and apply the tenets and principles of safe laboratory practice and waste handling.
  4. demonstrate proficiency in carrying out basic and advanced laboratory manipulations and use of common laboratory equipment and instruments.
  5. demonstrate proficiency in managing experimental data including thoroughly recording procedure and observations, tabulating data, and analyzing results.
  6. effectively communicate chemistry content, both orally and in writing, to audiences with varying levels of scientific understanding.
  7. recognize and analyze ethical implications related to scientific issues in society and within their profession.

Pedagogical Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Content knowledge: Students will be able to understand the central concepts of their discipline.
  2. Pedagogical content knowledge: Students will be able to develop instructional plans and strategies, and connect them with content knowledge to enhance learning opportunities for 5-12 students.
  3. Professional knowledge and skills: Students will be able to understand the learning needs of all students, and utilize their professional knowledge and skills, including the implementation of assessments and technology, to create effective learning experiences.
  4. Reflective skills: Students will be able to continuously evaluate the impact of their work with students, reflecting on their success as teachers and addressing their needs for continuing professional improvement.
  5. Professional dispositions: Students will demonstrate practicing professional ethics, including dedication, respect, intellectual integrity, positive outlook, and self-awareness
  6. Positive impact on 5-12 learning: Students will be able to produce evidence that they engage students in meaningful activity that promotes the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills