School of Education

Master of Arts for Teachers in Chemistry - Online Collaboration

The IU Online Master of Arts for Teachers in Chemistry combines coursework in education and chemistry to prepare you to be a dual-credit instructor at the high school and community college levels.

The educational component of the program teaches you how to apply the science and art of teaching to college-level instruction. Coursework covers instruction and curriculum, assessment, diversity and inclusive teaching, and research.

As a student in the chemistry component of the program, you study the chemical processes and principles of organic and inorganic substances in everyday life. You develop a dialogue with multiple sub-disciplines of chemistry, and you adopt a methodological approach to problem solving. You will learn how to break down chemical concepts and processes, design experiments and assignments to teach chemical concepts, and critically analyze chemistry-related press releases and news.

Specific areas of focus include:

  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic synthesis
  • Organic spectroscopy
  • Physical chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Nuclear chemistry

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the program.

Of Special Interest for Teachers/Instructors Needing to Meet HLC Dual-Credit Standards

The stackable structure of the MAT in Chemistry is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in chemistry to hold either a master's degree in chemistry or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you need both discipline-specific coursework and a master's degree, the MAT in Chemistry meets HLC standards.
  • If you already hold a master's degree in a discipline other than chemistry, you can meet HLC standards by completing the Graduate Certificate in Chemistry.

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

MAT Requirements

To earn the Master of Arts for Teachers in Chemistry, you must complete 30 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Capstone (3 credit hours)
  • Electives (15 credit hours)
  • Education component (12 credit hours)

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

You must have completed two courses from the Graduate Certificate in Chemistry with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.


Sample courses for the MAT in Chemistry include the following:

  • CHEM-T 510 Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-T 540 Physical Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-T 570 Nuclear Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-T 590 Chemistry Capstone (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-H 520 Social Issues in Education (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-J 500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-Y 520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)

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