South Dakota State University

Chemistry Education Specialization

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South Dakota State University offers a Masters in Science Degree in Chemistry for Chemistry Teachers. This 2½ year program (22 distance learning and 10 on-campus credits) is designed for current science instructors at the secondary level. Participants are not required to have an undergraduate degree in chemistry or biochemistry. The goal of the program is to provide experiences that enhance the skills and content knowledge of teachers in chemistry. Courses will engage students in two specific areas: content and research courses. Six specific content courses (distance learning) include:

  1. atomic theory and bonding
  2. intermolecular interaction and phases of matter
  3. thermodynamics
  4. equilibria and acid/base chemistry
  5. kinetics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry
  6. organic and biochemistry.

Campus courses will focus on research in chemistry (two weeks in each of two consecutive summers).

Students will engage in research active chemistry laboratories with a focus on creating laboratory activities which they could use in their classrooms. Additionally, the summer experience will focus on learning about action research in the classroom. The capstone project will utilize action research to investigate issues within the classrooms of the individual teacher.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

James Rice
Department Head, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Avera Health Science Center (SAV) 131, Box 2202
Brookings, SD 57007

Degrees Available