Western's programs in Secondary Education are designed to prepare thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective middle and secondary school teachers for a diverse society. Learning to teach Chemistry and Physics occurs through a variety of means: the study of a wide range of chemistry and physics, an extended internship, and continual experiences as a student, learner, and problem solver.

Western’s Secondary Education program in Chemistry/Physics provides many benefits to students, such as close student-faculty contact and relatively small classes. Students in the 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

Western’s Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy departments are part of the College of Science and Engineering.

Beyond the Classroom

Opportunities beyond classroom study are a cornerstone of the Chemistry Department. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to pursue faculty mentored research projects and to present 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.  

The Physics Department also offers ways for students to pursue their area of interest outside of the classroom. Active research programs in astronomy, theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, and physics education research actively recruit students. These research opportunities allow students to participate in cutting edge research. Students are also encouraged to approach faculty individually and inquire about research opportunities. 


Sample Jobs

  • Secondary Education Teacher

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.