Master of Science (MS) in Chemistry Education

Master of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Education

Offered By: College of Science, Engineering, & Technology

How Can a Master’s in Chemistry Education Help Your Career?

A Master's of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Education degree from Grand Canyon University helps students with a background in chemistry find new career paths. Graduates of this master's in chemistry education degree program will be prepared to teach undergraduate chemistry courses while being able to demonstrate scientific inquiry skills within the context of real-world examples. This includes mechanisms of disease and therapeutics and advanced chemistry concepts like identifying and explaining the physical, chemical and atomic properties of matter.

Admissions into the Master of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Education program at GCU, requires a few prerequisites. You’ll need a:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a specialization or emphasis in chemistry; or
  • Bachelor’s degree and a completion of one years of undergraduate Organic Chemistry and a course in Biochemistry

Both chemistry knowledge and teaching skills are the core focuses in the master's in chemistry education degree program at GCU. Postsecondary level chemistry teachers will need to know how to navigate the coursework and the university teaching landscape. Teaching at the postsecondary level, especially in online environments, requires excellent communication skills.

Topics covered by courses in the MS of chemistry education degree program include:

  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Current applications in chemistry
  • Curriculum design
  • Adult learning theories

The Benefits of an MS in Chemistry Education

STEM careers are on the rise and teachers in those areas are needed more than ever. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for postsecondary teachers to increase by about 9% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than average, accounting for an estimated increase of 121,500 jobs in the field.* Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Education degree program helps students with a chemistry background fill these openings at postsecondary institutions.

Future STEM professionals – scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians – have to start their training somewhere. Most of these students will be required to take chemistry at the college level. As STEM fields continue to grow, so too will the needs for chemistry teachers. Transitioning to this career path makes sense for a lot of chemistry students.

Earn Your Master’s in Chemistry Education Online

Grand Canyon University offers an online master's of chemistry education degree for working professionals and those already juggling a full schedule. MS in chemistry online classes are designed to provide the coursework needed to become a chemistry teacher, while still fitting into a busy life. This means that the online master’s in chemistry education courses can be taken anytime, from anywhere. You still receive the same type of support from expert faculty and adjunct staff as you would on campus, but to meet the needs of your own schedule.

Students in the GCU MS in chemistry education program continue to develop their knowledge in chemistry. In addition, they receive instruction in teaching and classroom techniques to help them become undergraduate chemistry teachers. Graduates of the master’s in chemistry education program have the opportunity to study both theoretical and practical applications of both science and instruction.

Advance Your Career in Chemistry Education

Graduates of the master's of chemistry teaching degree at GCU are prepared to teach chemistry at the postsecondary level. They may find work at:

  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • Community colleges
  • Trade schools
  • Science research/development institutions

Using your own chemistry background to teach future STEM students is truly an act of giving. Your contributions in the education of future scientists will leave a lasting impact on our world. Join future chemistry teachers who are ready to educate other in the MS in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Education degree program at GCU.

*COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Teachers

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Total Credits: 34
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
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Course List

34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This focus of the course is the fundamentals of medicinal chemistry. Medicinal chemistry is an organic-chemistry-based discipline that interfaces strongly with the biological and pharmaceutical sciences. The field of medicinal chemistry includes the discovery and preparation of biologically active compounds; the study of their metabolism; the mechanism of action at the molecular level; and the construction of structure-activity relationships. This course includes the process of drug design, the structure and function of macromolecular drug “targets” (receptors, enzymes, nucleic acids), as well as the mechanisms by which drugs interact with their targets. Also, the complexity of human physiology and its effects which on the physical and chemical properties of a drug candidate can influence its absorption, distribution, and metabolism in a human patients will be discussed. Prerequisites: Students should have completed a year of organic chemistry and a course in biochemistry.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide a foundational knowledge on basic principles and applications of physical chemistry. The following topics will be covered: chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and thermodynamics. Additional topics will include applications of physical chemistry principles towards chemical and biological systems including enzymatic reactions; time-dependent chemical and nuclear reactions; electrochemistry; and equilibria related to acids, bases, buffers, and solubility. Prerequisite: Students should have completed a year of general chemistry.

Course Description

This course covers adult learning theory and instructional practices that are research-based and proven effective in higher education. Technology, online learning, and effective instructional methods for online and traditional instruction are emphasized. Participants research learning models, personalized learning and andragogy and apply their knowledge to improve student engagement and achievement in higher education.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide a foundational knowledge on basic principles and applications of inorganic chemistry. The following topics will be covered: modern atomic structure, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, bonding theory, magnetism, periodic trends, and chemical reactivity. Additional topics include fundamentals of organometallic chemistry and transitional element chemistry and their application towards material properties, catalysis, and bioinorganic chemistry. Prerequisite: Students should have completed a year of general chemistry.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide basic and advanced theories, techniques, and principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis. Additional topics may include application of concepts of analytical chemistry to the fields of environmental science, forensic science, and medicine. Students should have a prior understanding of basic quantitative statistics. Prerequisite: CHM-505, CHM-510, CHM-515.

Course Description

This course applies learning theories to classroom instructional methods and strategies. Effective communication, creating learning goals, developing student outcomes and assessments, and giving effective feedback are emphasized. Participants are asked to develop activities, assessments, and lesson plans that would be appropriate for a course taught at a community college or university. Prerequisite: EDU-534.

Course Description

This course surveys the broad areas of contemporary chemistry research and illustrates the application of chemistry principles. The topics will be determined by current events, technology, faculty and student interest.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to survey basic biochemical principles, including the composition, structure, and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Important biochemical principles, including structure-function correlation, kinetics and equilibrium, thermodynamics, membrane structure and function, and metabolic energy pathways, will illustrate the key concepts of biology and chemistry.


GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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