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Student Teaching Approval

All teacher education students must receive Departmental Approval to Student Teach before they can be placed to student teach, and you will submit a portfolio as part of this process.

Departmental Approval Information

History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science majors submit a portfolio to earn departmental approval for student teaching. The process is overseen by the Teacher Education Committee for History and Social Science.

Grade Point Average

History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science majors must have not less than a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and a 3.0 major grade point average 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.

Passing Score on Content Area Test:

While you may be granted conditional Departmental Approval prior to passing the Illinois Certification Testing System Social Science: History (246) 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 consists of a variety of materials demonstrating your readiness to student teach along with reference sheets from faculty members. More information about this in the HIS-TL Completion Checklist found in the Advising Tab.

Attendance at Professional Development Events:

On the resume submitted with your portfolio, please indicate the two professional developments that you have attended. Students enrolled in SOS 3400 typically attend a PD event in Bloomington-Normal, and all teacher licensure students are invited to attend our fall event (this year’s conference will be held virtually on November 6). For information about past and future fall conferences at EIU, click here.

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):

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Contact Information

Sace E Elder, Chair

2542 Coleman Hall
217-581-6380
seelder@eiu.edu

Brian Mann, Undergraduate Advisor

3721 - Coleman Hall
bmann@eiu.edu

Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz
History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science Coordinator

2556 Coleman Hall
@eiuhistl
blaughlinschul@eiu.edu

History Department

2744 Coleman Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-3310
history@eiu.edu


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