Secondary Education: English Language Arts Entitlement

The following are required to meet the Illinois Approved Program for an Illinois Professional Educator License with a secondary education (grades 9-12) English Language Arts entitlement. Please note these requirements are separate from degree requirements, although they may count toward the degree as well.

The Council on Teacher Education oversees licensure requirements. School and Community Experiences coordinates all aspects of field placement.

Course Requirements*

Foundation Courses:

Psychological Foundations Courses in Educational Psychology
EPSY 485 meets this requirement
Philosophical and Social Foundations Courses in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Select one of the following:4
History of American Education
Asian American Education
Historical and Social Barriers
School and Society
Professional Ethics in Education
Critical Thinking in Education
Aesthetic Education
Sociology of Education
Racial and Ethnic Families
Politics of Education
Economics of Education
Technology and Educational Reform

Content-Area Courses:

A major in English or 32 semester hours of Language Arts are required. Either option must include coursework from the following content-area courses:
One course in introductory study of literature
One course in English (British) literature
One course in American literature
One course in multicultural literature
One course in study of works of Shakespeare
One advanced course in descriptive grammar

Professional Education Courses:

CI 401Introductory Teaching in a Diverse Society (Section E)3
CI 403Teaching a Diverse High School Student Population (Section E)3
CI 404Teaching and Assessing Secondary School Students (Section E)3
CI 473Disciplinary Literacy3
EDPR 442Educational Practice in Secondary Education12
EPSY 485Assessing Student Performance4
SPED 405General Educator's Role in Special Education3
or SPED 517 Disability Issues in Special Education

Other Requirements

Content & Professional Education GPA 2.5
Graduate GPA 3.0

*State rules mandate that no course with a grade lower than a C- be used toward licensure, endorsement, or approvals. This means courses lower than a C- cannot be used.

Requirements are subject to change without notice due to changes in State law and/or rule.