Secondary Education Minor
If you are a student currently enrolled in the Secondary Education minor, the following information applies to you.
Secondary Education Advisor email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Minor Courses
Year 1 Spring
CI 401: Introductory Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 hrs)
- Effectively serve diverse high school students
- The purpose of teaching the specific content area
CI 473: Disciplinary Literacy (3 hrs)
- Language and literacy instruction in content area
- Illinois Professional Teaching Standards
Year 2 Fall
CI 403: Teaching a Diverse High School Student Population (3 hrs)
- Planning and strategies for units and lessons
SPED 405: General Educator's Role in Special Education (3 hrs)
- Educating students with special needs
- Roles of teachers and related service providers
- Curriculum individualization and instructional strategies
EPSY 485: Assessing Student Performance (3 hrs)
- How to write and use assessments, measurements, and evaluations in a school setting
Year 2 Spring
CI 404: Teaching and Assessing Secondary School Students (3 hrs)
- Developing curriculum, teaching, and assessing learning in the high school years
- Online Wednesdays @ 6 PM
EDPR 442: Educational Practice in Secondary Education (12 hrs)
- Student teaching
NO OTHER CLASSES MAY BE TAKEN
- Student teaching
- Secondary Education Program
School and Community Experiences
- Write an education resume and cover letter
CI 401 Orientation
- Placement information
- Danielson framework
- Background check information
- Cover letter information
CI 403 orientation
Supervisor orientation for CI 403
- Preparation for what should be included
Student Teaching Orientation
- Keynote from local administrator
- Panel of previous student teachers
- License information
Student Teaching Placement Day
- Meet and greet supervising teachers
- Formal recognition before student teaching
Council on Teacher Education
- Mandated Reporter training
- Information about CoTE requirements and roles
- Held each fall (typically early to mid-October) prior to the registration process
- Attendance is required in order to obtain the appropriate attribute to register for the courses in the minor
School Placements and Student Teaching
Detailed information about your classroom placements and student teaching can be found on the School and Community Experiences website.
This information will also be broadly covered in your induction meeting after being admitted to the program.
Content Tests and Fees
- Will appear the spring you start the professional education sequence
- Student teaching placement fee
- The updated fee can be found here.
- Content area test to show knowledge about a subject
- The test carries a fee of $122.
- Information about the requirements
- Assessment of teacher readiness
- Required to earn your license in the State of Illinois
- Will be multiple information sessions about the edTPA each semester
- Common questions about the edTPA, including the fee, can be found here.
- Lynn Burdick, in the College of Education, is the main contact for the edTPA on our campus
- CoTE will give you information about how and when to register your license.
- You cannot use your Illinois license to teach unless it is registered and the fee is paid.
State Board of Education
- You will be granted a license through the Illinois State Board of Education
- CoTE will direct you in how to do this your Senior year of the minor.
Endorsements are additional areas someone is licensed to teach.
They are needed to teach a content area and/or to teach AP courses in that content.
- Example 1: If you have a Biology endorsement, you can teach any science, but you can ONLY teach AP Biology, NOT AP Chemistry.
- Example 2: If you teach English but would also like to be able to teach History, you would need an History endorsement.
Specific questions about endorsements should be directed to the Council on Teacher Education.