Natural Sciences

Chemistry BA / MS in Ed

5-year program
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Master of Science in Adolescence Education

Overview

This program is designed for students interested in teaching high school chemistry. In only five years, very good students will be able to complete all required courses for a bachelor of arts in chemistry, a master of science in adolescence education, and New York State certification in adolescence education.

The chemistry BA/MS Ed program at the Mount is designed to prepare teachers to present modern scientific concepts in an exciting and dynamic way. The program helps to equip students with the ability to make educated judgments when the appropriate data is presented.

Successful graduates will receive a broad and balanced background that addresses the standards of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). All students, after successfully completing this program will have been exposed to topics that constitute the core competencies, advanced competencies and supporting competencies recommended for teachers by the NSTA.

Chemistry at the Mount

Opportunities outside of the classroom. You could be a student rep at division meetings, an officer in the biology and chemistry honor societies, or participate with the American Chemical Society student affiliate chapter on campus. Students organize speakers, museum tours, hiking trips, campus activities like faculty vs. student quiz bowl, and science night for elementary school students.

A strong peer group. Chemistry majors quickly become a part of the science community at the Mount. Students who have majors within the Division of Natural Science take their math and science classes together and quickly form study groups.

Peer tutoring. Science majors work together toward a successful college career as upper-classmen serve as peer tutors, and all students have the opportunity to get help to support their learning efforts. Tutoring can provide you with income, but it will also help you to build your resume and strengthen your knowledge base.

Research. All full time faculty members have PhD degrees in a variety of different fields and can offer you the opportunity to develop a research project which will help you to apply your coursework to real problems. A research project will enhance your knowledge and ability to integrate your learning and will impress graduate schools and future employers.

Learning science as a process. Many of our laboratory courses use inquiry-based collaborative learning to introduce students to the process of science and scientific research.

Mentoring. All science students are assigned a full-time faculty advisor to help you explore career options, plan your course schedule and follow your academic progress. New freshmen are assigned a “science sibling” before coming to campus so that they have the opportunity to ask questions of an upperclassman student to student.

Program requirements

Requirements for entrance and continuing enrollment in the 5-year master’s program in chemistry and education at the Mount are:

  • Incoming freshmen must have completed high school biology and chemistry, and must meet 2 of the following 3 criteria: a) 85 scholastic average in HS; b) Top 30% of their graduating class; c) SAT scores of 1000.
  • Students transferring into the program (internally or externally) must have a 3.0 cumulative average, including two semesters of majors-level introductory chemistry with no grade in these introductory courses lower than a B-.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average throughout the five years of the program and must pass ED 2051, Orientation to Teaching. Students who transfer ED 2051 from another college must pass the writing assessment section of ED 2051 at Mount Saint Mary College.
  • Students in the 5-year master's program will be evaluated at the end of each semester. Students who do not meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement in any semester will be placed on probation. Only one probationary period will be allowed; students who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement for more than one semester will be removed from the program and placed into a BA program in chemistry.
  • Students in the 5-year master’s degree program may elect to remove themselves from the program and enter a bachelor’s program at the Mount at any time. However, no more than 6 credits of graduate education courses may be counted toward an individual BA degree if a student leaves the 5-year master’s program for any reason. These graduate credits may not then be used toward a post-graduate master’s degree.
  • Both degrees will be awarded at the completion of the fifth year of the program.

Career Options

According to the National Education Association (NEA), teacher shortages are expected in science and math in New York State in the near future.

Collegeboard.com says that “government economists expect jobs in K–12 education to grow as fast as the average for all careers through 2014. … Most openings will result from the retirement of today's teachers. In 2004, almost 50 percent of all teachers were older than 45.”

Accreditation

The Division of Education at Mount Saint Mary College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and/or advanced educator preparation programs at the College in Newburgh, New York. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

As part of the maintenance of NCATE accreditation, the college is required to display data revealing the success of our programs. The following link displays a connection to the most recent results of Mount Saint Mary College teacher candidate “completers” (graduates of our programs recommended for certification) on New York State Teacher Certification Exams.

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