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 is one upcoming application period for fall 2019 admission.

  • Winter application period runs from December 1, 2018 - February 1, 2019. 
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Eligibility Requirements

  1. All applicants must pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Test of Academic Proficiency prior to student teaching.  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.
    1. * 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) major AND cumulative GPA (grade point average) at the time of application.
  3. 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 (Note: completion of five or six courses in major is highly recommended)


MATH 220 or 221, 231, and 241 and completion of three advanced mathematics courses, one of which must be Math 347 or 348.


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


Select one of the following sequences:

MATH 220 or 221 and 231; CHEM 102, 103, 104, 105, 222, 223, 232 and 233 OR

MATH 220 or 221 and 231; CHEM 202, 203, 204, 205, 236 and 237

Earth and Space Science

CHEM 102 and 103; MATH 220 or 221 or 234; GEOL 107, 208, and 333 or 432


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


HIST 141, 142, and 171 or 172; one additional history course (HIST 200 recommended); 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 through the fourth level in one language or through the third level in two: level in high school terms equals years and in college terms semesters.
  • 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.).

  • Students in teaching licensure programs must maintain grades above a C in ALL content and professional education coursework. 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.

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.