• ChemCAL

    Chemistry Coursework for Additional Licensure

    final summary

    The ChemCAL Project successfully licensed 61 teachers in four cohorts over four years, helping to meet the demand for chemistry teachers resulting from the new science graduation requirements for the class of 2015. Learn more about these historic additional licensure institutes below or discover other Professional Development opportunities at the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE), including the 2012 Chem4All Institutes. The ChemCAL program is discontinued.


    Started in 2006 as part of the Center for Global Environmental Education’s Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project (MnSTEP), the ChemCAL Project was a licensure program for Minnesota science teachers interested in teaching high school chemistry. This program directly addressed the urgent need in Minnesota to bring science teachers to "highly-qualified" status by providing a no-cost coursework pathway to chemistry licensure.

    ChemCAL has been generously funded by the 3M Foundation, as part of Hamline University School of Education's MnSTEP grant (Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project).

    Details About ChemCAL

    Each ChemCAL cohort involved about 20 teachers in an intensive 10-day, graduate-level, multi-topic inorganic chemistry course at Hamline University during the summer; a combination mentorship, practicum, project, and online program during the school year; and a final 10-day organic chemistry course during the following summer. Upon completion of this one-year program and passage of the chemistry Praxis II test, teachers are certified by Hamline University as having met the Minnesota teaching standards for 9-12 chemistry licensure.

    ChemCAL participants have experienced and learned high-level chemistry concepts within a focused, inquiry-based environment of fellow teachers, peer instructors, master teachers and scientists; designed effective teaching approaches for their classrooms; and aligned their curricula and teaching to meet the Minnesota Academic Science Standards in high school chemistry.

    ChemCAL is based on the Minnesota BOT teaching standards for 9-12 chemistry. The summer courses condensed key concepts and skills from a variety of college-level chemistry courses into one two-week period. It was fast-paced, math-intensive, challenging academic work.

    Participants received:

      • 11 graduate credits in chemistry (3 credits each summer, 2 credits for each online course in fall and spring, and a 1 credit practicum)
      • participation in an e-mail network of chemistry teachers from throughout Minnesota
      • accreditation consultation and licensure paperwork from Hamline University
      • breakfast and lunch during the summer session
      • room and board at Hamline University for the summer sessions (if needed)
      • 9-12 chemistry licensure upon completion of the state Praxis II test.

    All credit costs, registration and consultation fees, breakfast and lunch, and on-campus housing are covered by the grant. Participants are responsible for transportation and any licensing fees from the state.

    Program requirements

    Teachers who applied for the ChemCAL Project were required to:

      • hold a current Minnesota 9-12 or 7-12 Science Teaching License. (ChemCAL is an additional licensure program. Secondary Science Methods is not addressed in this project.)
      • have completed at least one year of college- or graduate-level general chemistry and at least one semester of organic chemistry (ChemCAL is NOT an introductory chemistry course. It is designed to address the high school chemistry teaching standards not covered in an introductory course. A copy of your college transcript will be requested.)
      • be teaching chemistry in the upcoming school year OR be willing to find access to an active high school chemistry class. (This is needed in order for you to present a chemistry lesson to students and to collect data on student achievement.)
      • be willing to work very hard.(ChemCAL is rigorous and fast-paced. This is high-level chemistry and is very math intensive.)
      • commit to completing the full project – two weeks June 21-25 and June 28-July 2, 2010, online programs during the school year, AND two weeks summer 2011.

    MnSTEP is a statewide professional development program for teachers of science presented by Hamline University's School of Education through its Center for Global Environmental Education in partnership with university science departments, Minnesota school districts, MnSTA, MESTA, MGS, ACS-MN.