Interested in being a Secondary Chemistry Teacher?

If you have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Chemistry and you will not need to follow the steps below. However, please follow all previously described application submission steps.

If you have an undergraduate degree in any major other than Chemistry, you may also qualify to enter the MAT.  You will need 30 credit hours of coursework in Chemistry which may qualify you to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Secondary Chemistry.

You can do a preliminary transcript review yourself through the following:

Identify your coursework in chemistry. Coursework includes the following topics:

  1. Atomic Structure/Chemical Periodicity/Thermodynamics of Chemical Reactions
  2. Nomenclature/The Mole, Bonding, and Geometry
  3. Solutions and Solubility
  4. Chemical Reactions/Biochemistry

You may visit the ETS web site to review description of each topic. This will help you to determine the courses and credits you have that could apply to content specialization in chemistry.

You can also do a preliminary transcript review yourself by following these steps:

  1. Use the chart below, based on National Standards, to determine what courses you have in each of the standard areas.

  2. Highlight the qualifying courses on your transcript and place the name of the course and the number of credits in the columns.

  3. Then add up the total number of credits in the right column and read the note at the bottom of the page.

    Competencies Demonstrated (Based upon the National Standards for Secondary Chemistry)

    Course prefix, number and name (Ex. Chem 450)

    # Credits Place in this Row

    Fundamental structures of atoms and molecules

     

     

    Basic principles of ionic, covalent and metallic bonding

     

     

    Physical and chemical properties and classifications; periodicity

     

     

    Chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry

     

     

    Mole concept, stoichiometry and laws of composition

     

     

    Transition elements and coordination compounds

     

     

    Acids, bases, solutions, fundamental biochemistry

     

     

    Functional and polyfunctional group chemistry

     

     

    Environmental and atmospheric chemistry

     

     

    Fundamental processes of investigating in chemistry

     

     

    Applications of chemistry in personal and community health and environment.

     

     

    Molecular orbital theory, aromaticity, metallic and ionic structures, correlation to properties of matter

     

     

    Superconductors and principles of metallurgy; advanced concepts of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics

     

     

    Lewis adducts and coordination compounds

     

     

    Solutions, colloids and colligative properties

     

     

    Major biological compounds and natural products

     

     

    Solvent system concepts

     

     

    Chemical reactivity and molecular structure; organic synthesis and organic reaction mechanisms

     

     

    Energy flow through chemical systems; issues related to chemistry; ground water pollution, disposal of plastics, alternative fuels.

     

     

    Historical development and perspectives in chemistry

     

     

    How to design, conduct and report research in chemistry

     

     

    Applications of chemistry and chemical technology in society, business, industry and health fields

     

     

    Biology

     

     

    Earth Science

     

     

    Physics

     

     

    Mathematics and statistical concepts

     

     

     

    TOTAL CREDITS

     

You may also visit the web site to review the National Standards for Secondary Chemistry Teacher.

If you have a total of 30 credits in the right column, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Chemistry. If you have less than 30 credits, you may or may not qualify for this specialization, and/or other preliminary "qualifying" courses may be needed. Transcripts missing 3-6 credits will take special review by a transcript specialist.

If you think you may qualify for the chemistry specialization, please continue with the application process. If you have a different content specialist interest area, please go back to the FAQ page and click on one of the other content area links.

 

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