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Secondary Education: Social Studies Plus Teaching Licensure

Plan of Study

Content Area Course Requirements

Content Area Courses : An undergraduate major in History or 32 semester hours in the social sciences.  Either option must include coursework from the following:

  • At least 24 hours of history including
    • U.S. Survey course
    • Western Civilization survey course
    • Global or world history
    • Illinois history
  • One course in Psychology
  • At least one course in 2 other social science disciplines (Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, and Political Science)

Professional Sequence Course Requirements: 

  • Year One Spring Semester
    • CI 401 T Introductory Teaching in a Diverse Society
    • CI 473 Disciplinary Literacy
  • Year Two Fall Semester
    • CI 403 T Teaching a Diverse High School Student Population
    • CI/EPSY 485 Assessing Student Performance
    • SPED 405 General Educator's Role in SPED *or*
    • SPED 517 Disability Issues in SPED
  • Year Two Spring Semester
    • CI 404 T Teaching and Assessing Secondary School Students
    • EDPR 442 Educational Practice in Secondary Education (Student Teaching)

Prior to Student Teaching

Minimum GPA Requirements

  • Content and Professional Education GPA: 2.5
  • Graduate GPA: 3.0
  • *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 D+ or lower cannot be used. 

Additional State Required Assessment:

Master Degree Requirements

In addition to the above professional sequence, students must complete the following to obtain a Master's degree:

  • 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
  • One approved 4 credit hour foundations course in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

More information on the Master of Education program, including information on approved foundation courses can be found in the College of Education Handbook and the Academic Catalog.

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