About the departmentThe Department of Chemistry is part of the Faculty of Education, Masaryk University and is located in Brno in Poříčí 7 (see the map). The location is easily accessible by the city public transport: trams No 2, 5, 6, 7 or buses No 44, 84.
Information for applicants
The Faculty of Education, Masaryk University offers degrees in Bachelors, Masters and doctoral programmes. The mode of study may be full-time or combined. The full-time mode is predominantly based on contact lessons, the combined mode consists in self-study supplemented by consultations with teachers.The contact point both for current students and for applicants for studies is the Office for Studies of the Faculty of Education, Masaryk University. Here it is possible to deal with any issues related to all forms of studies. The Office for Studies is open to all applicants in the office hours in Poříčí 9.
This workplace was established in 1946. Its first head was an excellent teacher and chemist named Prof. J. Trtílek. His co-workers, especially Assoc. Prof. V. Hofman, Assoc. Prof. J. Borovička, Dr. V. Rábová and Dr. M. Findurová laid the foundations for the modern teaching of chemistry at the department.
The next head was Prof. M. Šimek, who preferred the focus of the workplace to be on the theory and application of technological systems in the teaching of chemistry. Assoc. Prof. E. Musilová and Assoc. Prof. B. Černá inclined towards a focus on chemical experiments. They also dealt with the problems of motivation and extracurricular activities in chemistry, textbook design and creation of methodology manuals.
After 1989 the department was taken over by Assoc. Prof. J. Budiš, who cooperated with Dr. B. Černá on the theory, creation and application of educational videos. The staff of the department were joined by Assoc. Prof. M. Soldán, Assoc. Prof. L. Jančář and Assoc. Prof. H. Cídlová.
Assoc. Prof. Budiš took over the position of Vice-Dean for two offices and the department was led by an analytical chemist Assoc. Prof. L. Jančář during that time. In this period the department´s staff expanded with the arrival of the didactician Dr. I. Plucková, an organic chemist Dr. J. Šibor and, a little later, by a biochemist Dr. P. Ptáček.
In 2004 Dr. J. Šibor became the head of the department and he has been the Vice-Dean for Masters programmes of study and lifelong education since 2006. The department has expanded its scope, not only teaching future teachers of chemistry at elementary schools but also cooperating in the preparation of primary and kindergarten teachers and it is involved in the lifelong education programme and the so-called University of Third Age.