Overview

Secondary Education: Science: provides students the opportunity to teach Science in grades 9-12.  

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the Master of Education (EdM) Plus Secondary Education: Science Licensure program.

Professional Sequence Requirements

Prior to Admission

Course Requirements 
*Note: State rules mandate that no course with a grade lower than C can be used towards licensure, endorsement, or approvals.  This means courses with a C- or lower and CR/NC courses cannot be used. 

Content Area Courses: 

  • Biology:  An undergraduate major in Biology or 32 semester hours of the sciences.  Either option must include coursework from the following:
    • One year (2 semesters) Introductory Biology
    • Two courses in Molecular & Cellular Biology (or)
    • Two courses in Evolution & Ecology (or)
    • One course Molecular & Cellular Biology and one course in Evolution & Ecology
    • One advanced course including a laboratory (may be one of the above)
    • One course in Calculus
    • Two courses in Chemistry
    • One course in Physics
    • One course in Earth Science
    • One course in Astronomy
  • Chemistry: An undergraduate major in Chemistry or 32 semester hours of the sciences.  Either option must include coursework from the following:
    • one year (two semesters) of introductory college chemistry
    • two courses in organic chemistry, including lab
    • one course in analytical chemistry, including quantitative analysis
    • one course in physical chemistry
    • one course in biochemistry or inorganic chemistry
    • Related required coursework:
      • two courses in calculus
      • two courses in physics
      • one course in biological science
      • one course in earth science
      • one course in astronomy
  • Earth and Space Science: An undergraduate major in Earth & Space science or 32 semester hours of the sciences.  Either option must include coursework from the following: (UIUC course examples in parenthesis)
    • One course in astronomy
    • One course in atmospheric science or meteorology
    • One year of introductory geology, including physical and historical (GEOL 107 and 208)
    • One course in history of life (GEOL 143) OR advanced course in paleontology
    • One course in earth materials (GEOL 333 or 432) OR mineralogy & petrology (GEOL 436)
    • One course in sedimentary geology (GEOL 440) or sedimentology
    • One course in structural geology (GEOL 411)
    • Additional Science Required:
      • One course in biology
      • One course in calculus
      • One course in chemistry
      • One course in physics
  • Physics: An undergraduate major in Earth & Space science or 32 semester hours of the sciences.  Either option must include coursework from the following:
    • One year introductory physics sequences similar to UIUC Physics 211, 212, 2113. 214 (this includes study in electricity and magnetism, mechanics, thermal,and quantum physics)
    • Advanced course in classical mechanics
    • Advanced course in electricity and magnetism
    • Advanced course in quantum physics
    • One course in advanced physics laboratory
    • Related required coursework:
      • Two courses in calculus
      • One course in chemistry, including lab
      • At least one biological science course
      • One course in earth science
      • One course in astronomy 

Foundations Courses:

  • One 4 credit hour course in Educational Psychology (EPSY 485)
  • One 4 credit hour course in Educational Policy Studies

Professional Education Courses:

  • Year One Spring Semester
    • CI 401 S
    • CI 473
  • Year Two Fall Semester
    • CI 403 S
    • CI/EPSY 485
    • SPED 405 or SPED 517
  • Year Two Spring Semester
    • CI 404 S
    • EDPR 442

Minimum GPA Requirements

  • Content and Professional Education GPA: 2.5
  • Graduate GPA: 3.0

Additional State Required Assessment:

Master Degree Requirements

In addition to the above professional sequence, students must complete

  • 3 500 level courses in Education (CI, EOL, EPOL, EPS, EPSY, HRD, SPED) or
  • 2 500 level courses in Education if SPED 517 is taken

More information on the Master of Education program can be found in the College of Education Handbook and the Academic Catalog.

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