Related ACS Organizations

Many people confuse the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED) with the Education Division of the American Chemical Society, perhaps because the names are quite similar. The ACS Education Division consists of ACS employees who work in the ACS headquarters building at 1155 Sixteenth St NW, Washington, DC 20036. They develop educational programs for students, scientists, and the public.

There are two other very important ACS groups that are concerned with the quality of chemical education.

The ACS Society Committee on Education, SOCED, is a committee chosen through ACS governance procedures to oversee activities of the ACS Education Division and to deal with governance-related education issues. Members of SOCED are usually people who teach chemistry in high schools, colleges, and universities. In fact, SOCED members are almost always DivCHED officers or past officers.

The ACS Committee on Professional Training, CPT, Training publishes guidelines for undergraduate chemistry curricula and approves bachelor's degree programs that meet those guidelines.

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