Secondary Education Minor Application Information

Current University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students may apply to the Teaching of Secondary Education Minor for their junior year. There are three application periods for spring 2017 admission.

  • Application will be available spring 2016. Please check back for further information.
  • Summer application is available the second week of June. 
  • Fall application will be available in September

Eligibility Requirements

  1. All applicants must pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Test of Academic Proficiency prior to admission. Scores must be received by the Council on Teacher Education by no later than February 1st of the application semester. Applications will not be considered for anyone who has not taken the Test of Academic Proficiency by the deadline. Register for the test online. To prepare for the test, review the study guides and take the practice test on the Illinois Certification Testing System web site.

    * The Illinois State Board of Education has determined ACT Plus Writing/SAT scores can be used in lieu of a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly known as the Illinois Test of Basic Skills).  Please see here for details. ISBE rules are subject to change without notice and at any time. 

  2. Students must have a competitive cumulative, major and institutional GPA. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 (A=4.000) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , major and cumulative grade point average at the time of application.
  3. Complete 50 hours of verified academic tutoring experience with high school students before the application deadline of February 1st.
  4. The courses listed here have been identified as prerequisites for entry into the teaching option of each major. Completion of the courses before entry serves two principal purposes: it provides evidence of an applicant's prospects for success in the advanced portion of the program, and it helps to ensure completion of the entire program in a timely manner. Applicants who have not completed or are not enrolled in the prerequisite courses at the time of application may be at a competitive disadvantage for admission to highly selective programs. 

English Language Arts

ENGL 200, 209, 255, and 301; EPSY 201; EPS 201 (Note: completion of five or six courses in major is highly recommended)

Mathematics

MATH 220 or 221, 231, and 241 and completion of three advanced mathematics courses, one of which must be Math 347 or 348; EPSY 201; EPS 201 or 202(ACP)

Biology

MATH 220 or 221; CHEM 102 and 103, 104 and 105, 232 and 233; IB 150; MCB 150; one required 200-level IB course; one required 200-level MCB course; EPSY 201, EPS 201

Chemistry

Select one of the following sequences:

  1. MATH 220 or 221 and 231; CHEM 102, 103, 104, 105, 222, 223, 232 and 233; EPSY 201; EPS 201 or 202 (ACP), OR
  2. MATH 220 or 221 and 231; CHEM 202, 203, 204, 205, 236 and 237; EPSY 201; EPS 201 or 202 (ACP) 

Earth and Space Science

CHEM 102 and 103; MATH 220 or 221 or 234; GEOL 107, 208, and 333 or 432; EPSY 201; EPS 201 or 202(ACP)

Physics

CHEM 102 and 103 (or CHEM 202 and 203); MATH 220 or 221, 231, 241 and 285; PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214, and 225; EPSY 201; EPS 201 or 202(ACP)

History

HIST 141, 142, and 171 or 172; one additional history course (HIST 200 recommended); EPSY 201; EPS 201; PS 101; SOC 100; STAT 100; plus one course from ANTH 143, ECON 102, or ECON 103

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants must not have earned a bachelor's degree by the term of entry. (Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree may want to contact the appropriate graduate department about the possibility of pursuing teacher certification.)
  • Junior standing (60 hours completed by term of entry), except for Biology, which is a Senior entry program
  • Satisfactory completion of Composition I.
  • Two years of one language other than English in high school or the second level course in college must be completed by desired term of entry --LAS requires four years in high school or fourth level in college for degree completion.
  • Demonstration of high-level written communication (quality of writing, thoughtfulness about education, reflective thinking).

Students interested in applying should:

  • Review the Secondary Education Minor Website

  • Review the materials needed to complete the application, below:

    • Two well organized 2-3 page, typed essays, double spaced with font size no smaller than 10 point. Use your previous learning and teaching experiences, including your required tutoring, to provide concrete examples.

      • Essay #1: Explain why you are interested in teaching your content major to high school students.

      • Essay #2: Discuss and reflect upon how your experiences (or the lack thereof) have influenced your ideas of cultural/racial/ethnic diversity (language, people with disabilities, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, etc.).

    • A Professional Activities & Experiences and reference form. The fillable form is part of the application and will ask you to list and describe, in rank order, the five most important activities that have shaped who you are today. These may include community experience, work experience, volunteer experience, personal experiences, honors, awards, etc. Please write no more than a short paragraph description for each item. Please do not include the experiences you have listed on your hours verification form(s). The reference section will ask you to list one content area reference from your major. The review committees reserve the right to request additional references if needed.   

    • Secondary Education Hours Verification Form. As part of the admission process for the University of Illinois College of Education teacher education programs, verification of a minimum of 50 hours of post high school work with students is required. This form should be filled out, printed, and sent to your supervisor for verification.  You must then scan and upload it into the Application Manager.

  • Please note that grades in certain courses of C- or lower may not be used for State of Illinois licensure, endorsements, or approvals.  If you have completed a grade replacement or have a grade replacement in progress, you must scan and upload it into the Application Manager.

  • Begin working on your experience with children of a similar age and stage of development for which you will seek licensure. 

  • E-mail the Secondary Education Academic Adviser, if you have questions.

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After Admission

  1. Students admitted into a teacher education program will be required to attend a mandatory meeting regarding the program and its requirements. Time, date, and location of the mandatory meeting will be provided in your admission letter.
  2. All undergraduate students enrolled in the Secondary Education Minor teacher preparation program will be assessed a one-time clinical experience fee during their first semester in the program. This non-refundable fee partially covers costs associated with early field and student teaching experiences. It is based on the approved fee at the time you entered the University per the Illinois Compiled Statue 110 ILCS 305/25. Accepting the offer of admission is an agreement on your part to pay this fee.
  3. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign requires field placement in school districts as part of various educational curricula and certificate programs. Illinois school districts are required by state law to conduct criminal background checks for applicants for licensed and non-licensed positions with a school district. School districts are requiring that applicants for field placements be subjected to a criminal background check prior to placement in the school districts. Certain convictions are a bar to employment with a school district and are fully set out in the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/10-21.9, as amended. All convictions will be reviewed for compatibility with placement in a school district. As part of this application, you will be required to consent to a criminal background check including submission of your fingerprints. Failure to consent to the background check will result in your not being able to complete a public school certification program and in the cancellation of any admission to the program. For further information on this requirement, call the Council on Teacher Education at (217) 333-2804.