Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois

Masters in the Teaching of Chemistry

The Masters Degree in the Teaching of Chemistry (MSTC) at UIUC provides advanced studies for scholars interested in teaching chemistry at the secondary or community college level. The program serves two different audiences:

  1. those who already have a teaching certificate or will teach in situations which do not require a certificate
  2. those who wish to obtain a Masters Degree and a teaching certificate simultaneously

The MSTC degree (without certification) can be completed in one year. The MSTC degree (with certification) requires two years.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a strong teaching tradition and features an innovative undergraduate program that emphasizes active learning and the use of technology. Students in the MSTC Program have the opportunity to gain teaching experience in freshman chemistry courses that feature team learning and peer teaching. In addition, MSTC students take courses to deepen and expand their content background as well as to increase their teaching skills. The program includes a course entitled "Teaching Chemistry at the Secondary Level" which emphasizes the practical aspects of teaching including designing lessons, setting up and managing teaching labs, performing chemical demonstrations, safety, using web resources, and learning to teach interactively. The MSTC student at UIUC also gains experience in the use of technology in the classroom including PowerPoint and electronic homework.

MSTC requirements (without certification)

Hours Requirements
16 Chemistry (400, 500 level)
8 Education (400 or 500 level)
8 Electives in either science or education (400 or 500 level)

 

At least 12 of the 32 hours for the MSTC must be 500-level. At least 8 hours of these 12 hours must be 500-level Chemistry courses.

The specific courses are selected in consultation with the graduate advisor for the program (Dr. Don DeCoste, 210 Chem Annex; 217-244-5959; decoste@illinois.edu ).

Chemistry 495: Teaching Chemistry at the Secondary Level is recommended for everyone completing the MSTC degree.

In addition, MSTC students must show proficiency in teaching as evaluated by:

  1. Instructor and Course Evaluation (ICES) forms completed by the undergraduate students.
  2. Teaching evaluations made by the specific course directors for whom the MSTC student works.
  3. Teaching evaluations made by MSTC Program director.

MSTC requirements (with certification)

In this case both the requirements for the MSTC degree and the requirements for certification must be completed. The 400 and 500 level courses required in education for certification can be counted toward the requirements for the MSTC degree.

Hours Requirements
16 Chemistry (400, or 500 level)
(8 hours at 500 level)
16 Education (400 or 500 level)
(4 hours 500 level C & I)
(12 hours) 400 level certification courses

Course Sequence for MSTC including Certificate Courses

Semester 1 (Fall)
CI 401 (3 hours)
EOL 440 (1 hour)
CI 335 (1 hour)
Chem Course (4 hours)
Chem Course (4 hours)
Semester 2 (Spring)
CI 402 (3 hours)
CI 473 (1 hour)
SPED 205 (1 hour)
EDPSY 430 (2 hours)
Chem Course (4 hours)
EPS 400-level course (choose from 400, 403, 404, 405, 410, 411, 420, 423, 426)

Semester 3 (Fall)
CI 403 (3 hours)
EDPSY 485 (2 hours)
Chem 495 (4 hours)
Chem Course (1 hour or greater)
CI 500-level (4 hours)
Semester 4 (Spring)
CI 404 (3 hours)
SPED 405 (2 hours)
ED PR 442 (8 hours)


For certification purposes, candidates also need 24 hours (minimum) in Chemistry, including:

    • One year introductory chemistry
    • 2 courses in organic chemistry, including laboratory
    • 1 course in analytical chemistry, including qualitative analysis
    • 1 course in physical chemistry
    • 1 course in biochemistry or inorganic chemistry
    • 2 courses in calculus
    • 2 courses in physics
    • 1 course in biology


Check this page for the latest course information.

In addition, MSTC students must show proficiency in teaching as evaluated by:

  1. Instructor and Course Evaluation (ICES) forms completed by the undergraduate students.
  2. Teaching evaluations made by the specific course directors for whom the MSTC student works.
  3. Teaching evaluations made by MSTC Program director.

Admissions Requirements

We ask applicants for admission to the MSTC Program to submit the following information to the Chemistry Graduate Admissions Office:

  • A completed application form including an applicant statement
  • A completed supplemental application form (for Graduate Admission to Teacher Education Programs) including an essay and resume. Click here for the supplemental application form.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • Official Graduate Records Examination General test scores

The application deadline is December 14 for the fall semester. Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Basic requirements for admission to the graduate program in Chemistry are an undergraduate degree with at least 25 semester hours in chemistry and a grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0). These hours must include courses in physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. Students admitted to the MSTC Program will be required to take proficiency exams upon arrival to UIUC. Any deficiencies in chemistry background must be corrected in addition to the hours required for the degree.

Your academic record and recommendations must be a strong indicator of your fitness to pursue advanced study in chemistry.

MSTC plus Certification Program

Candidates for admission to the MSTC plus Certification Program must have passed the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) content area test for their intended teaching major and the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Information for the ILTS content area and Test of Academic Proficency can be found at www.il.nesinc.com. Candidates' credentials will also be evaluated to assure that they have a broad general education background. Any deficiencies noted will need to be satisfied before the candidate will be recommended for certification.

Admissions Information

Karen York
Chemistry Graduate Admissions
University of Illinois
300 A&B Noyes Lab, Box 57-1
600 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
(800)516-0276

Advisor
Donald Decoste
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
210 Chemistry Annex
600 S. Mathews
(217)244-5959
email: decoste@illinois.edu