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According to NYSED, acceptable studies for certification in chemistry (grades 7-12) include courses in scientific methods; matter and atomic structure; energy, chemical bonds and molecular structure; chemical reactions; and quantitative relationships. Courses in geochemistry are generally applied science courses and, therefore, are not acceptable.

Stony Brook University has determined that the following recommended courses meet the NYSED guidelines for professional license in this certification content area. Courses with certain departmental subject codes (e.g., CHE) may also be valid for the content area.


CEB 557 Forensic Science (permission of instructor is needed to enroll)
CEB 586 Differentiated Instruction in Science and Math
CEN 505 Chemistry Concepts for High School Teachers
CEN 508 Demonstrations in Chemistry

Note: The information contained on this page is valid as of 1/30/2014.

Statement of Student Responsibility

Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. Students should keep in mind that degree requirements are separate and distinct from requirements for teacher/administrator certification and resulting initial and/or professional licenses.  Each student is responsible for reviewing, understanding and adhering to his/her certification requirements.  For further information, visit NYSED at


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