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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Chemistry Teacher certification program is to prepare chemistry majors for a successful future as educators who motivate and inspire their students. Candidates become adept at developing data-driven, authentic learning experiences for future students, designed to challenge cognition and promote active student engagement. Chemistry teacher degree candidates also learn how to create and maintain a positive, student-centered learning environment, utilizing research-based strategies and classroom procedures. This chemistry major certification program helps candidates bridge the gap between the particulate and macroscopic views of the world through differentiated instruction and real-world connections.

The purpose of educator preparation programs at University of the Cumberlands is to prepare candidates in the use of research-based pedagogical practice, enabling them to address the diverse needs of P-12 students throughout Kentucky and beyond. Chemistry teacher majors learn to apply chemistry content knowledge in a manner consistent with state and national expectations. Through the program, candidates learn to exemplify the dispositions of communication, critical/creative thinking, and professionalism.

To accomplish this purpose, the School of Education implements rigorous coursework aligned to state/national standards. The School also prescribes field/clinical experiences aligned to coursework, creating meaningful connections between educational theory and practice. Finally, candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge, skills, and dispositions at various formative and summative checkpoints throughout the program.