Chemistry Adolescence Education Major (BS)


This major is intended for students wishing to become certified to teach middle and high school Chemistry. It includes 51 credits in the Chemistry Content Core and corresponding Science and Math Co-Requisites, and 36 credits of Pedagogy Content offered by the Department of Education and Human Development (EHD).

The Chemistry Adolescence 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

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 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)

Generally, you will be required to complete the following General Education curriculum outside of your major requirements to satisfy SUNY Brockport’s General Education Program:

  • ENG 112 (Q) – College Composition (3 credits)

Chemistry Content and Co-Requisites (51 credits)

Chemistry Content Core Courses (35 credits)

  • CHM205 College Chemistry I (4 credits)*(L)
  • CHM206 College Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM301 Chemical Safety (1 credit)
  • CHM302 Inorganic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM303 Quantitative Chemical Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHM305 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM306 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM400 Seminar I (1 credit)
  • CHM401 Seminar II (1 credit)
  • CHM405 Physical Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHM406 Physical Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHM408 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • CHM409 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)

Science and Math Co-Requisites (16 credits)

  • MTH201 Calculus I (4 credits)*(M)
  • MTH202 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • PHS235 Physics I (4 credits)*
  • PHS240 Physics II (4 credits)

Prerequisites or Other Electives (3-4 credits)

Pedagogy Content (36 credits)


  • EDI 409 Teaching Students with Special Needs Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDI 430 Education and Society (3 credits)*(I,Y)
  • EDI 459 Adolescent Development and Learning (3 credits)

Phase I

  • EDI 431 Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas I (3 credits)
  • EDI 447 Inclusive Middle Level Teaching in Science (3 credits) (Fall ONLY)
  • PRO 430 Adolescence Field Experience I (co-requisite EDI 447) (1 credit)**

Phase II

  • EDI 331 Adolescence Classroom Management (co-requisite EDI 447 or 467) (1 credit)
  • EDI 432 Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas II (prerequisite EDI431) (3 credits)
  • EDI 467 Teaching Science Inclusively (prerequisite EDI 447) (3 credits) (Spring ONLY)
  • PRO 431 EHD Adolescence Field Experience II (co-requisite EDI 467) (1 credit)**

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

  • EDI 464 Seminar in Adolescence Inclusive Education (co-requisite PRO 433) (3 credits)
  • PRO 433 Practicum in Adolescence Inclusive Education (co-requisite EDI 464) (9 credits)

Total Credits (121-122 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 modern languages 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

  • GEP 100 Academic Planning Seminar (1 credit)

Licensure & Certification

SUNY Brockport Endorsement

Students must complete this program and submit the recommendation form to be eligible for 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 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

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


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