Teachers of Chemistry Certificate Overview

Are you a high school chemistry or biology teacher who wants to teach dual enrollment chemistry classes, but you just don’t have the qualifications to do so? Would you like to get the graduate courses you need to gain that certification?

Provided in partnership between Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia, and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia, 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 Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the curriculum is offered through Bluefield College’s Department of Chemistry and its Online Degree Program, making it convenient, flexible and easier for participants to complete while maintaining their profession.

Implementation of this program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Teachers of Chemistry Certificate Program Requirements & Curriculum

Who is the program for?

Educators seeking to offer dual enrollment classes where a high school student may take courses for college credit at their own institution are required to possess a master’s degree and have 18 credit hours of graduate study in the discipline being taught. The Teachers of Chemistry Certificate Program is for science teachers who lack the 18 hours of master’s level courses in chemistry they need to teach dual enrollment chemistry. In addition, the certification program is a great opportunity for high school teachers seeking to add chemistry as a subject endorsement to their credentials or prepare for the chemistry Praxis exam.

What requirements must I have?

Applicants must have a college degree and a license to teach high school chemistry or biology. Participants must also 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.

Where will classes be offered?

The Teachers of Chemistry Certificate Program is primarily online with three or four evening or weekend face-to-face sessions at either Southwest Virginia Community College or the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

What classes will I take?

In general, the classes 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
  • Environmental Chemistry

Teachers of Chemistry Certificate Program Outcomes

Bluefield College’s Teachers of Chemistry Certificate Program is designed specifically to provide the certification teachers need to teach dual enrollment chemistry courses at high schools and community colleges.

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How much does the program cost?

Bottom line costs for the program will vary based on the resources provided for professional development by various school systems. Scholarship funds are also available making the program even more accessible. For cost information, contact BC Central at or 276.326.4215.

Contact Information

Dr. Joe Saunders

Dr. Joe Saunders
Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry