Student Teaching Approval
All teacher education students must receive Departmental Approval to Student Teach before they can be placed to student teach; the Departmental Approval Portfolio is required for that approval.
Departmental Approval Information
History majors with Teacher Certification and Social Science majors are granted Departmental Approval to Student Teach by the Teacher Education Committee for History and Social Science
Grade Point Average:
History majors w/social science certification and Social Science majors in all designations must have not less than a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and a 3.0 major grade point average (2.75 major GPA for catalogs from 2007 backward) to receive Departmental Approval. You must also have earned at least a "C" in all History and Social Science courses.
Professional Education Courses:
You must have earned a "C" or higher in each course in the professional education core courses taught in the College of Education and Professional Studies. ISEP students must have received credit for SED 3000 and SED 3100
Passing Score on Content Area Test:
While you may be granted conditional Departmental Approval prior to passing the appropriate Illinois Certification Testing System Content Area Test, you must have taken and passed the test before final Departmental Approval is granted. Only then will student teaching approval and placement be finalized
Submission of a Portfolio:
You will submit a portfolio that includes a personal statement, resume, job letter, four recommendations, and variety of lesson plans for approval the semester prior to student teaching and/or the semester in which you are enrolled in SOS 3400. It is reviewed by the members of the Teacher Education in History and Social Science committee. COMPLETE DIRECTIONS ARE POSTED ABOVE IN THE DAP DOCUMENT. RECOMMENDATION FORMS ARE ALSO POSTED ABOVE.
Membership in Professional Organizations:
Belonging to professional organizations has several advantages. Membership shows you have an interest in knowing about developments in your professional field. Membership gives you an opportunity to participate—to have a voice—in history and social science education. It also, in most cases, provides some kind of a publication from which you can learn what is taking place in social science education by practicing professionals. As part of your portfolio resume, you must demonstrate professional involvement through membership in one or more of the following organizations (or another equivalent organization of your choice):