The Department of Chemistry at Illinois State University is one of the largest undergraduate chemistry programs in the nation. The department is consistently among the top producers nationally in number of Bachelor of Science graduates earning the professionally certified American Chemical Society degree.
Illinois State's rate of teacher graduation places it among the Top 10 educators of teachers in the nation. Nearly 1 of every 7 teachers in the classrooms of Illinois' public schools holds a degree from Illinois State University. Approximately one-half of all secondary school teachers in downstate Illinois currently hold teaching degrees from Illinois State.
The demand for chemistry teachers is great in both Illinois and across the nation. We need more beginning chemistry teachers over the next 10 years than teacher education programs can currently produce. Illinois State's Chemistry Teacher Education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The Department of Chemistry is one of the nation's top producers of degrees certified by the American Chemical Society.
The course framework for the Biochemistry program provides a solid foundation necessary for advanced study in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, chemistry and biology, as well as forming the basis for entry-level positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries. While the degree requirements may satisfy many professional or graduate programs, it is important to consult the admission requirements as early as possible for the particular programs at schools to which the individual is likely to apply. Additional coursework may be taken as electives which may be applicable to postgraduate work.
A minor in Chemistry at Illinois State University is a dynamic and multifaceted undergraduate program that combines the curricular fabric specified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) with a tradition of hands-on training in undergraduate research with faculty mentors. This national organization of chemists creates standards for the proper education of baccalaureate candidates, such that employers, graduate and professional schools can be confident of a student's background.
Illinois State University is one of only a handful of institutions that offer a terminal M.S. degree in Chemistry. Our graduate program is aimed exclusively at the Master's level, and so all of the students in the graduate program enter seeking the Master's degree. The Illinois State University Department of Chemistry is consistently one of the largest producers of Master's degrees for institutions not offering a Ph.D. degree.
The Master of Chemistry Education (M.C.E.) is a professional degree designed to improve the content and pedagogical knowledge of teachers of chemistry who do not possess a bachelor's degree in Chemistry.
The Master of Science in Chemistry Education (M.S.C.E.) is a professional degree designed to improve the content and pedagogical knowledge of teachers of chemistry who already possess a bachelor's degree in Chemistry.
We are pleased to offer a series of graduate level courses that will take your chemistry teaching to a higher level. In these courses, you will learn novel demonstrations, laboratory experiments, and teaching activities along with the fundamental concepts upon which these activities are based. You will also learn how to improve the activities you already know. Award-winning teachers will provide examples for how you can use these demonstrations to improve your delivery of important topics in chemistry – from the most basic to most complex. Furthermore, you will learn from the most recent research in chemical education and apply that knowledge to your teaching.