Teacher Preparation Programs
Secondary Education Program
The State of Illinois standard secondary school teaching certificate qualifies students to teach grades six through twelve.
Separate Courses: Students gain firm grounding in teaching by taking separate courses in educational foundations, educational psychology, secondary methods and special education.
Block Schedule: Instructional Tasks for the Secondary School Teacher (SED 3330) and Educational Psychology (EDP 3331) are blocked together into the same semester to provide an intensive experience in the foundations of teaching, learning and professional development. These courses meet daily, Monday through Friday, for two hours.
Practicum: An intensive practicum over a six-week period provides a variety of teaching experiences in preparation for student teaching. The practicum is blocked into the student's schedule, and students are assigned to a school within a 50-mile radius. Carpooling in arranged.
Registration: Students must meet certain requirements before being admitted into SED 3330 and EDP 3331, upper-level education courses. Please note: The department will register students who have met the necessary requirements for SED 3000, SED 3100, SED 3330, and EDP 3331. Please do not try to register for these classes yourself; there is also no need to waitlist on the PAWS system. Students are required to fill out the necessary application/form(s) in the SED/EDF office, 2147 Buzzard.
Requirements for Teacher Certification
To meet State of Illinois requirements for certification, you must take certain courses. You may count these courses toward a bachelor's degree or take them after earning the degree. You will need specific courses in general education and in the subject you plan to teach.
These courses may exceed those required for a bachelor's degree. Complete details appear in the:
Secondary Teacher Certification Programs in the following areas:
- Art (K-12)
- Business Education
- Communication Disorders and Sciences (K-12)
- Driver Education (endorsement only)
- English/Language Arts
- Foreign Languages (French and Spanish)
- Health Studies (endorsement only)
- Social Science
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Music (K-12)
- Physical Education (K-12)
- Technology Education
- Theatre Arts *