The Department of Physical Sciences offers content courses that lead to teacher certifications in:
- General Science 5-Adult (Broad field middle school/high school science teaching)
- General Science 5-9 (Broad field middle school science teaching)
- Chemistry 9-Adult (High school chemistry teaching)
Why Study Science Education at Concord?
Concord offers the only degree program for training high school science teachers in southern West Virginia. Our students get hands-on experience with modern laboratory equipment and they learn the major concepts, theories, and laws of chemistry, physics, and the Earth and space sciences. They learn to develop lesson plans that apply the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using active inquiry approaches. They also gain teaching experience, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and learn about laboratory safety.
Science teachers are in high demand throughout West Virginia and elsewhere in the region. Obtaining a General Science certification along with a Chemistry or Biology certification gives you even greater job flexibility. You can even consider adding a physics minor to one of these degrees, which could allow you to become certified to teach high school physics.
The program is accredited by CAEP and and the curriculum is aligned with the expectations of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).