Effective Spring 2017 - This concentration is not accepting any new students. Students may elect to pursue the Chemistry, B.S. while completing coursework for teacher licensure through the Chemistry Education Certificate. Students currently enrolled in the BS in Chemistry Program can elect to complete this concentration if they apply for this concentration through their academic advisor before the end of the Spring 2017 term. See your academic advisor regarding the timeline for completion.
Current students, please refer to the FAQ web page to learn about the "teach out" process. Please meet with your academic advisor regarding your current study plan.
Many school districts are currently having difficulty hiring qualified science teachers - especially chemistry teachers. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition"
In an important field where teachers are consistently in short supply, chemistry teachers help students understand the how and why of the natural and physical environment.
As a chemistry educator, you will guide students toward new knowledge, and the discovery of the logic, simplicity and design behind complex events in the natural world.
The undergraduate Chemistry with Teacher Education Concentration major provides you with a strong background in the basic concepts of analytical, organic, physical and inorganic chemistry for a career in science teaching at the secondary level.
At Governors State University, the
Chemistry Education Certificate program leads to a post-baccalaureate
certificate that prepares students who already have an undergraduate
degree in chemistry for rewarding careers as teachers at the secondary
The sequence of coursework is approved by
the Illinois State Board of Education and leads to an initial secondary
licensure in chemistry. You can also obtain an endorsement for teaching
in middle school.
To be recommended for an Illinois State
Board of Education teaching license, you must present evidence of having
passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills),
Subject-Matter Knowledge, and Assessment of Professional Teaching
examinations of the Illinois Certification Testing System.
You must complete a student teaching
requirement in chemistry and must meet other requirements for licensure
through approved programs in the Teacher Education and Certification
section of the GSU catalog.
Program Fact Sheet