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Secondary or K-12 Licensure

Designed for students who are interested in pursuing a degree in order to teach grades 9–12 or K–12. With education often cited as the single most determining factor in one's future, graduates of the teacher licensure programs are given the resources to integrate the content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge they need to be effective, creative and inspiring educators for the 21st Century learner.

We offer the following Grades 9-12 licensure programs.

Broadfield Secondary Science

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology

Broadfield Secondary Social Science

  • History
  • Political Science

English/Language Arts
Theater Education

We offer the following (Grades K-12) licensure programs
Art Education
Music Education
Physical Education
World Languages- Spanish & French

Here's how it works:

ECIC + Major Courses + Secondary Education Courses = License to Teach


Secondary Education

 Core Courses

All SEC students complete


SEC 421

0 .5

SEC 200


SEC 300

0 .25

SEC 450

3.00/2.00 music

Student Teaching



SEC 104


SEC 311


SEC 223*



SEC 310


XXX 440

Total Units



* Check with the Department of Education for transferability

Secondary Education Major

Completion of the Secondary Education major requires 34 semester hours of coursework, which includes at least six semester hours of student teaching.  Teacher candidates are required to complete all courses with a grade of C (2.0) or higher and to pass student teaching, while maintaining a department-determined major GPA and a 2.750 cumulative GPA. At least half of the courses must be completed at Elmhurst College. All Secondary Education Students must complete the course requirements in their respective program (e.g. art, music, physical education math etc.)

All of the following courses are required:
EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities (prerequisite admission to program)
  or KIN 312 Physical Education for Special Populations
SEC 311 Educational Psychology
SEC 421 Content Area Reading
SEC 310 Principles and Procedures in Middle and Secondary Education
SEC 455/457 Student Teaching in Secondary and Middle Schools

At least one of the following discipline-specific teaching methods  courses is required:
ART 362 Art Methods and Experiences in Secondary Education
ENG 440 Teaching of English
HIS 440 Teaching History in Secondary Schools (Spring Term)
KIN 440 Instructional Techniques in Secondary Physical Education
MTH 440 Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
MUS 366 Teaching of K-12 Classroom Music
POL 440 Special Methods: Teaching Political Science (Spring Term)
SEC 425 Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools (.50 credit)
SEC 463 Natural Science: Special Methods
THE 440 Teaching Theatre Arts
WL 440 Special Methods in the Teaching of World Languages

Course(s) chosen from the following to meet the 34-semester hour requirement:
TEL 204 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching English Learners
EDU 324 Educational Experience in Jamaica (January Term)
EDU 331 Race and Equity in Education (prerequisite EDU 104)
SPE 334 Characteristics of Learners I
SPE 434 Academic Curriculum/Assessment/Instructional Strategies (Fall)
EDU 373 Using Picture Books & Informational Text (J-Term)
EDU 380/580 Comparative Studies (Travel course, January Term, Spring Term, Summer Term)
ENG 315 Adolescent Literature (.50 credit)
MTL 561 Understanding the Middle Level Learner (prerequisite: SEC 311)

Licensure Only

Prospective teacher candidates who currently hold undergraduate degrees may apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program to complete licensure courses. See Admissions for details. In applying to the College, you have triggered the transcript review and major evaluation process. The College will examine your transcripts for transfer credit, the respective Department will assess them for courses related to that major, and the licensure officer will review those transcripts for courses related to Education. The net effect of all of these examinations will be to tell you which courses you will need to take, and how long your program will take to complete. The minimum time needed will be four 15-week terms, with three being for academics and one for student teaching.

Semester 1

SEC 200 Introductory Seminar to Teaching as a Caring Profession

SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities

EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the U.S.


Semester 2

SEC 300 Intermediate Seminar for Teaching in Diverse and Inclusive Schools

SEC 310  Methods and Best Practices in Middle and Secondary Education


Semester 3

SEC 450 Advanced Seminar in Teacher Collaboration & Professional Practice

XXX 440 Content Area Methods

Semester 4

SEC 455 or 457 Student Teaching

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