2020-2021 College Catalog 
    Mar 04, 2021  
2020-2021 College Catalog

Chemistry Education/Secondary Education Major, B.S.

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General Information:

Bachelor of Science

The Nettie Marie Jones Chair of Chemistry was established to honor Mrs. Jones’ contribution to the total program of the College. Funding for this chair is provided by the estate of Mrs. Jones.

A student graduating with a degree in chemistry from College of the Ozarks will:

  • understand the basics of the major branches of chemistry and see their connections to other scientific disciplines (Academic);
  • acquire the ability to use the tools, techniques, and instrumentation of chemistry to serve others in their profession as hard-working persons of character (Vocational);
  • understand and appreciate the beauty of God’s Creation when explored at the molecular level (Christian);
  • be knowledgeable, thoughtful, and active citizens of God’s Kingdom and our country, and be able to apply critical thinking skills to make well-informed decisions about current chemical and scientific issues (Patriotic);
  • be able to collect, evaluate, and communicate chemical information effectively in oral and written form (Cultural).

Chemistry Education/Secondary Education (9-12) Requirements: 88 credit hours

Students interested in teaching chemistry at the secondary education level can complete the following curriculum that enables them to earn a major and become certified.


All Elementary and Secondary Majors should apply for admission to the Teacher Education program by the end of their fourth semester. Minimum standards for admission include: 1) Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and passing all sections of the MoGEA (Missouri General Education Assessment); 2) 30 semester hours course work completed and at least one (1) consecutive semester at College of the Ozarks; 3) ACT score on file.

Students must apply for permission to enroll in student teaching the semester preceding the student teaching semester. Minimum standards for permission to enroll include: 1) minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 with minimum 3.0 in content and professional courses; 2) successful completion of teaching certification course requirements in one or more teaching fields; 3) minimum grade of  “C-“ in all professional education and content field courses required; 4) Successful completion of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) is required prior to student teaching.

NOTE: College of the Ozarks Teacher Education Program and Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Certification Standards that are in effect at the time of program completion must be met in order to be recommended for teaching certification.

College of the Ozarks students who completed the professional educational programs for teacher certification had a 100% pass rate on the prescribed state licensure tests for 2018-2019.

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