Sep 29, 2023
(Major Code: 19051) (SIMS Code: 772608)
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers two programs designed to prepare students to teach high school chemistry and/or middle school integrative science. The Chemistry, Emphasis in Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP-SS) described below combines the bachelor’s degree and teaching credential into a four year integrated teacher education program. The program is designed to qualify students for a chemistry bachelor’s degree and a preliminary single subject teaching credential in science: chemistry. The ITEP-SS includes fieldwork in secondary schools and special courses throughout the program, making it desirable for those students who know they want to teach prior to enrolling in college or very early in their college career.
Students may also want to consider the Chemistry B.A. in Applied Arts and Sciences (BA-SS) major (described in a separate entry), which requires that students first earn their chemistry bachelor’s degree and then, if they want to teach, complete an additional, one-year, post-baccalaureate program to earn a preliminary single subject credential in science: chemistry if they wish to teach.
A minor is not required with this major.
The emphasis in integrated teacher education program (ITEP-SS) is an impacted program. To be admitted, refer to the specific impaction criteria for the major.
Preparation for the Major
Chemistry, Emphasis in ITEP majors automatically satisfy the Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning and the Lifelong Learning and Self Development foundations GE areas by completion of preparation for the major. They also automatically satisfy most or all of the explorations GE areas and cultural diversity by completing the major. Students should check SDSU’s online sequence chart to see which requirements - GE, preparation for the major or major, credential, etc. - each specific required course satisfies.
Completing Requirements on Time
In order to progress to the fourth year, credential part of the program on time, students must complete all of the courses in preparation for the major and almost all the courses in the major and be officially changed to the upper division major code by the end of the third year. See the official SDSU course sequence plan. To do this, however, they must be ready to register for CHEM 410A in May prior to their junior year, which requires that they have completed or have in progress all of the chemistry, math, and physics courses in preparation for the major. See the footnote for CHEM 410A in the Class Schedule. Freshmen and sophomores should make registering for the next course in the chemistry, math, and physics sequences their highest priority.
Course Sequence Plan
SDSU’s online course sequence plan shows only one of several ways that students can complete their first two years. Using the current and future class schedules, ITEP-SS students are encouraged to create their own personalized plan, showing AP credit already completed and planned summer courses, so that they know they can finish the lower division requirements, preferably during spring of their sophomore year. They are encouraged to contact an adviser to discuss their plans.
Also, prior to registering for their junior year, students are encouraged to use the current and future class schedules to confirm that each required course is offered during the semester shown on SDSU’s online course sequence plan with no timing overlaps between courses. The special courses are offered by several different departments, so some courses are offered only in fall or only in spring semester. They may need to contact the School of Teacher Education’s ITEP Credential Coordinator for the most recent information on when TE courses should be taken, given this part of the program is still being developed in 2022. For other questions, they should contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s adviser.
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
Completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better before taking TE 405W * and earn a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.
A minimum of 29 upper division units to include:
*Required of all single subject ITEP majors regardless of Writing Proficiency Assessment score.
Subject Matter Competency
In order to qualify for a preliminary credential in science: chemistry, individuals first need to satisfy subject matter competency and then complete the ITEP-SS credential part of the program. Students are encouraged to check with the School of Teacher Education’s ITEP Credential Coordinator to determine the preferred verification method in place at the time they apply. A detailed discussion of methods for satisfying subject matter competency is included under the Chemistry, BA in Applied Arts and Sciences.
Application for Admission to ITEP Credential Year
Students apply to the credential part of the ITEP-SS by March of their junior year. They are encouraged to talk to the School of Teacher Education’s ITEP Credential Coordinator early in their junior year to learn the details of the application process as well as the specific requirements. Students who qualify for admission the summer prior to their senior year must have a GPA of 2.67 or better, provide a negative TB test, apply for a certificate of clearance, and meet the basic skills requirement through coursework and/or tests.
Credential Requirements (32 units)