Why study Chemistry Education at Washburn?

At Washburn, your career goals matter and our programs make them possible. If you want to be qualified to teach chemistry, there’s a plan for that. This program is designed to get you ready for the licensing exams required to teach grades 6-12 in Kansas. Because Washburn University offers one of the strongest science education programs in the state, our graduates find rewarding employment at many grade-levels and schools.
Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary High school teachers: $55,170 in Kansas Middle school teachers: $58,010 in Kansas on campus
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What sets Washburn Chemistry apart?

  • You’ll train as a scientist and an educator. Every Washburn Chemistry graduate conducts research for at least one semester with a faculty mentor. Every Washburn Education graduate completes a semester of student-teaching and multiple field experiences.
  • You’ll learn from professors, not graduate students.
  • You’ll be eligible for scholarships and free tutoring (and you can get paid to tutor others, too.)
  • Chemistry Club is a great way to meet others with common interests!

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
Employment of Middle and High School Teachers is predicted to grow about 4 percent from 2019 to 2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate is as fast as average for all occupations.

Student/Faculty Ratio:

9:1 Education 

16:1 Chemistry

Qualities for success





Develop strong skills

Broad chemical background

Critical thinking and problem-solving

Communication of scientific information

Hands on experiences with instrumentation and wet chemistry techniques

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry
Stoffer Science Hall, Room 312
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.2270

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