Graduate Certificate in Chemistry for Teachers
Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia, has partnered with the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia, to launch an 18-credit graduate Teachers of Chemistry Certificate Program.

Graduate Certificate in Chemistry for Teachers

By Chris Shoemaker | February 7, 2018 | RSS

Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia, has partnered with the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia, to launch an 18-credit graduate Teachers of Chemistry Certificate Program.

The graduate certificate program is designed for high school chemistry or biology teachers who want to teach dual enrollment chemistry classes, but don’t have the qualifications to do so. Science educators who need graduate hours for recertification may also be interested in the program, as well as students who want to add chemistry as a subject endorsement or who are preparing to take the chemistry PRAXIS examination.

“This is a great program to help high school chemistry teachers throughout Southwest Virginia to obtain the credit hours needed at the master’s level in order to teach dual enrollment students studying chemistry,” said BC president Dr. David Olive. “I’m grateful for the support provided by the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on this project and for the assistance toward implementation provided by the SVHEC executive director Dr. David Matlock.”

The Teachers of Chemistry Certificate Program features 18 hours of master’s level coursework in chemistry, giving teachers the graduate work they need to be qualified to teach dual enrollment chemistry, while also strengthening their chemistry knowledge and skills, in general, making them better teachers.

Made possible by funding from the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and Bluefield College, the curriculum is offered through Bluefield College’s Department of Chemistry and BC Online, making it convenient, flexible and easier for participants to complete while maintaining their profession.

“Flexibility and convenience are among the key factors that drive the demand for online education,” said BC’s Sherelle Morgan, director of online admissions. “We are pleased to offer the Teachers of Chemistry Certificate Program in an online format so students can fit education into their lives rather than re-organizing their lives around their education.”

In general, the classes will offer development of key topics addressed in general chemistry, such as oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, organic compounds, rates of reactions, thermochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Specifically, participants will take Spectroscopy: Identification Techniques for Organic Molecules; Advanced Organic Synthesis: Name Reactions; Advanced Biological Chemistry; Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics; Physical Chemistry II: Quantum Mechanics; and Environmental Chemistry.

“I am excited to share these challenging courses with science educators,” said Dr. Joe Saunders, professor and chair of BC’s Department of Chemistry, “to assist their professional development toward teaching dual enrollment chemistry at their own institutions.”

Interested applicants must have a college degree and have completed general chemistry college courses. While a master’s degree is preferred, it is not required, but can be completed in conjunction with the certification through Bluefield College’s Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) program.

“It’s exciting for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center to be in partnership with an institution like Bluefield College to offer a program like this,” said Dr. Matlock, “a program that will fill a definite need for teachers in Southwest Virginia.”

Tuition for the certificate program is $200 per semester hour. For more information, e-mail or visit the Bluefield College web site at bluefield.edu/teachersofchemistry. For additional details about the curriculum, contact Dr. Saunders by email at or by phone at 276-326-4221.

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