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Major in Secondary Education

A second major for students admitted to the secondary 6-12* education program or K-12 art, foreign language, music or physical education programs

This major requires 34 semester hours of coursework, including at least 1.5 units (6 semester hours) of student teaching at the secondary level. EDU 104 is a pre- or co-requisite for introductory courses. SEC 200 or its equivalent is required to enroll in 200-level education courses. SEC 300 or its equivalent is required to enroll in 300- and 400-level education courses. SEC 450 or its equivalent and formal admission to student teaching are required to enroll in student teaching. Students are required to complete all courses with grades of C (2.00) or higher and to pass student teaching, while maintaining a 2.750 secondary education major GPA and a 2.750 overall cumulative GPA.

All of the following courses are required:
EDU 104 Cultural Foundation of Education in the United States
SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities (pre/co-requisite: SEC 200) or KIN 312 Physical Education for Special Populations
SEC 421 Theory and Practice for Building Academic Literacies in K-12 (pre/co-requisite: SEC 300, SEC 310)
SEC 311 Educational Psychology (prerequisites: ENG 106; EDU 104 or PSY 210)
SEC 310 Methods and Best Practices in Middle and Secondary Education (pre/co-requisite: SEC 300)
SEC 455/457 Student Teaching in Secondary and Middle Schools (3.00 credits); requires formal admission to student teaching

At least one of the following:
ART 362 Art Methods and Experiences in Secondary Education
ENG 440 Teaching of English
HIS 440 Teaching History in Secondary Schools
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
SEC 425 Teaching Social Science in Middle and Secondary Schools
SEC 463 Natural Science: Special Methods
THE 440 Teaching Theatre Arts
WL 440 Teaching Foreign Language in the Secondary School

Course(s) chosen from the following to meet the 34-semester-hour requirement:
TEL 204 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners (Prerequisite: EDU 104)
EDU 324 Educational Experience in Jamaica
EDU 331 Race and Equity in Education (Prerequisite: EDU 104; Fall)
EDU 373 Using Picture Books & Informational Text to Teach Reading Skills & Strategies (J-Term)
EDU 380 Comparative Studies (travel course J-Term, Spring, Summer)
ENG 315 Adolescent Literature (.50 credit; spring)
SPE 334 Characteristics of Learners 1 (Fall)
SPE 434 Academic Curriculum/Assessment/Instruction Strategies (Fall)

*The Illinois State Board of Education requires that all candidates complete coursework for the present Middle Level Approval and have their Professional Educator License endorsement issued on or before January 31, 2018.

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