There is a demand for qualified teachers at the secondary level, and there is an even greater need for quality mathematics and chemistry teachers – teachers who care about students, have a broad and deep understanding of mathematics and chemistry and who are thoroughly professional. The responsibilities are great, but the rewards are even greater.

Western’s Secondary Education program in Chemistry/Mathematics provides many benefits to students, such as close student-faculty contact and relatively small classes. Students in this program have direct access to modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation, as well as opportunities for research work under the direction of a faculty advisor. 

This program is designed for those who wish to earn Washington residency certification to teach middle and/or high school and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education offered through Woodring College of Education. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. 

Western’s Chemistry and Mathematics departments are part of the College of Science and Engineering.


Beyond the Classroom

As a prospective teacher, Western encourages students to focus on expanding their personal understanding of Mathematics and Chemistry and to capitalize on opportunities to work with pre-college students as a tutor, classroom assistant, practicum student, and as a novice teacher in their internship. 

Chemistry students are encouraged to pursue faculty mentored research projects and to present the results of their research at a national conference or during Western’s annual Scholars Week. Undergraduate and graduate students often coauthor papers published in scientific literature.  

Mathematics students stay involved with mathematics outside of the classroom by working in the  Math Center – staffed by undergraduate math fellows, it is a great place to get help with homework, meet other students, and form study groups – joining the Putnam Exam group, or participating in the Math Modeling Competition or the Kryptos Cryptography Competition. You might also work on a research or independent study project with faculty.

Sample Careers

  • Secondary Education Teacher

Chemistry/Mathematics—Secondary, BAE

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