Secondary Education: Sciences Entitlement

The following are required to meet the Illinois Approved Program for an Illinois Professional Educator License with a secondary education (grades 9-12) Sciences 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*

Foundations 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
Poli & Cultural Context of Ed
History of American Education
Asian American Education
Historical and Social Barriers
Professional Ethics in Education
School and Society
Critical Thinking in Education
Aesthetic Education
Technology and Educational Reform
Sociology of Education
Racial and Ethnic Families
Race, Educational Policy, and Sociology
Politics of Education
Economics of Education

Content-Area Courses:

Science: Biology

A major in Biology or 32 semester hours in the sciences is required. In either instance, it must include coursework from the following:
One year (2 semesters) introductory Biology
Two advanced courses in biology or related fields, including one laboratory
One course in Calculus
Two courses in Chemistry
One course in Physics
One course in Earth Science
One course in Astronomy

Science: Chemistry

A major in Chemistry or 32 semester hours in the sciences is required. In either instance, it must include coursework from the following:
one year (two semesters) of introductory college chemistry
two courses in organic chemistry, including lab
one course in analytical chemistry, including quantative analysis
one course in physical chemistry
one course in biochemistry or inorganic chemistry
Related required coursework:
two courses in calculus
two courses in physics
one course in biological science
one course in earth science
one course in astronomy

Science: Earth and Space Science

A major in earth & space science or 32 semester hours in the sciences is required. Either option must include coursework from the following:
One course in astronomy
One course in atmospheric science or meteorology
One year of introductory geology, including physical and historical (GEOL 107 and GEOL 208)
One introductory course in history of life (GEOL 143) OR advanced course in paleontology
One course in earth materials (GEOL 333 or GEOL 432) OR mineralogy & petrology (GEOL 436)
One course in sedimentary geology (GEOL 440) OR sedimentology
One course in structural geology (GEOL 411)
Additional Science Required:
One course in biology
One course in calculus
One course in chemistry
One course in physics

Science: Physics

A major in Physics or 32 semester hours in the sciences is required. In either instance, the coursework must include the following:
One year introductory physics sequences similar to UIUC PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214 (this includes study in electricity and magnetism, mechanics, thermal, and quantum physics)
Advanced course in classical mechanics
Advanced course in electricity and magnetism
Advanced course in quantum physics
One course in advanced physics laboratory
Related required coursework
Two courses in calculus
One course in chemistry, including lab
At least one biological science course
One course in earth science
One course in astronomy

Professional Education Courses:

CI 401Introductory Teaching in a Diverse Society (Section S)3
CI 403Teaching a Diverse High School Student Population (Section S)3
CI 404Teaching and Assessing Secondary School Students (Section S)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.