The chemistry education (7–12 with 5–6 extension) postbaccalaureate teacher certification program leads to eligibility for a New York State initial certificate to teach both chemistry and general science in grades 5–12.
This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in chemistry, or a related field from an accredited college or university, and intend to complete the coursework required for New York State certification to teach chemistry in secondary schools or general science in middle schools.
After successfully completing the teacher certification program and passing required New York State teacher certification exams, students are eligible to apply for New York State certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Caudell Hall 101.
No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.
A GPA of 2.75 in required chemistry courses is needed for admission to SED 405,
SED 407, and SED 408.
Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.
A bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related area from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale) in required chemistry courses.
In addition, all applicants should review Admission to a Graduate Program.
Required Chemistry Courses 43 credits
CHE 111/CHE 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II (8)
CHE 201/CHE 202 Organic Chemistry I and II (6)
CHE 203/CHE 204 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II (2)
CHE 301 Analytical Chemistry (4)
CHE 305/CHE 306 Physical Chemistry I and II (6)
CHE 307/CHE 308 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I and II (2)
CHE 310 Literature of Chemistry (1)
CHE 403 Instrumental Analysis (4)
CHE 460 Inorganic Chemistry
CHE 461 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (2)
CHE 470 Biochemistry
CHE 471 Biochemistry Techniques (2)
Professional Education Courses 30 credits
EDF 303 Educational Psychology
EDU 416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities
SCI 323 Science as Inquiry
SCI 445 Literacy for Teaching Science (or equivalent)
SED 200 Field Experience in Secondary Science Education
SED 310 Teaching Science in a Middle School
SED 401 Techniques for Teaching Laboratory Activities in the Secondary Science Classroom
SED 405 Methods and Materials for Teaching Secondary School Science
SED 409 Seminar in Secondary Science Education
Student Teaching Courses 12 credits
SED 407 Practice Teaching Science in the Secondary School (6)
SED 408 Practice Teaching Science in the Secondary School (6)
Courses in Other Fields for Certification 42 credits
A. Foreign Language Courses (6 credits)
One year or equivalent
B. Cognate Science Courses (25 credits)
GES 101 Introductory Geology
GES 103 Introductory Geology Laboratory (1)
PHY 111/PHY 112 University Physics I and II (5,5)
Select two courses from the following:
BIO 212 Introduction to Organismal Biology and Diversity (4)
BIO 213 Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (4)
BIO 214 Introduction to Cell Biology (4)
Select one course from the following:
GES 111 General Oceanography
GES 131 Introductory Astronomy
GES 241 Meteorology
C. Mathematics Courses (11 credits)
MAT 161 Calculus I (4)
MAT 162 Calculus II (4)
MAT 263 Calculus III
Total Required Credit Hours 127 credits
* Selected under advisement
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.
NOTE: Undergraduate or post-baccalaureate candidates seeking New York State Teacher Certification are advised to review the M.S.Ed. in Science Education degree program. This program is designed to enable students to quickly and efficiently develop both the knowledge and skills required for teaching; the program leads to initial NYS certification for those candidates already holding undergraduate science degrees.
Candidates currently in undergraduate or post-baccalaureate programs should strongly consider transitioning to the new program.