Why study Chemistry BA/Chemistry Adolescent Education EdM at UB?
This program is an accelerated, combined degree program that leads to a chemistry BA and chemistry education EdM in five years and focuses on preparing you to teach chemistry at the adolescence level. Coursework taken in the first three years of the program provides you with a deep understanding of chemistry, making you a content expert in your field, and select education courses include experiential components that exposes you to the nuances of the profession.
The graduate portion of the program continues to build understanding of science and provides the skills to become an effective teacher. The final year includes a residency where students co-teach alongside an expert chemistry teacher. The opportunity to experience the inner workings of the classroom from fall setup to end-of-year grading prepares students to enter the teaching profession with expertise and confidence.
At the end this program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification. You will join a dynamic community of science education teachers and researchers that engage and question 21st century critical issues in science education.
Students in the combined program will complete the same learning outcomes as for the Chemistry BA degree. In addition, graduates of the Chemistry Education EdM program will:
- Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
- Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
- Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that includes critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
- Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
- Promote the application of research and evidence based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
- Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.
The Learning Environment
The Chemistry program features a wide variety of class sizes, types, and delivery methods. Most general Chemistry courses consist a lecture (class sizes of ca. 360) presented by PhD level faculty, in addition a recitation and laboratory (class sizes of ca. 22 students) supervised by a graduate student assistant. Organic chemistry courses in the second year consist of a lecture (class sizes of ca. 275) presented by PhD level faculty, in addition to a recitation and laboratory (class sizes of ca. 16 students) supervised by a graduate student assistant. In the third and fourth year, classes are generally restricted to chemistry majors. Lecture classes have enrollments of 16 to 100 and use a variety of delivery methods. Laboratory courses are low enrollment and are taught by Chemistry faculty with graduate student assistants; these are heavily hands-on and with state-of-the-art instrumentation.
Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10–18 students. Education courses are offered on campus as well as online. These small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunity to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, your placements as “teachers in residence” will provide you comprehensive learning opportunities in a real secondary school classroom setting.
About Our Facilities
The Department of Chemistry is housed in the Natural Sciences Complex (NSC) on the North Campus. The Department occupies about 112,000 square feet of space, including 32,000 square feet for teaching laboratories and 54,000 square feet of research laboratory space. Also included are support services, such as instrumentation labs, electronic shop, stockrooms and conference rooms.
All faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small selection of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are offered throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region PreK-12 schools.
About Our Faculty
The staff of the Department of Chemistry includes 30 tenured or tenure-track full-time faculty (all PhD), 2 full-time lecturers, 84 teaching assistants (all graduate students), and 18 support staff. Faculty members deliver lecture courses and supervise teaching assistants who are responsible for oversight of laboratory courses.
Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the profession, influencing schools and communities. Our faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research done in environments that promote examination of issues across boundaries. The experiences of our faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Chemistry department website and Learning and Instruction website for additional information about our faculty.
Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers in grades 5-12. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as government agencies.
Students may be referred to Dr. Jerome Keister, the director of undergraduate studies, for advisement regarding the chemistry prerequisite courses and any other aspect of the program and the chemistry discipline more broadly. Students are advised to meet with him at least once every semester to discuss career goals and curriculum. Academic progress in this program is evaluated at the end of each semester.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Director of Undergraduate Studies
To schedule education coursework advisement, contact:
306 Baldy Hall
Academic Advisor, Teacher Education Institute