» Major in Secondary Education

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

Completion of this major requires at least 35 semester hours of coursework, which includes at least six semester hours of student teaching at the middle* or secondary level. Any student who does not successfully complete SEC 200, SEC 300 and/or SEC 450 is not permitted to continue her/his program until the course is passed. 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 combined GPA. At least half of the courses must be completed at Elmhurst College.

All of the following courses are required:
EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
SEC 200 Introductory Seminar to Teaching as a Caring Profession
SEC 300 Intermediate Seminar for Teaching in Diverse and Inclusive Schools
SEC 450 Advanced Seminar in Teacher Collaboration and Professional Practice
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

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

Course(s) chosen from the following to meet the 36-semester hour requirement:
TEL 204 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching English Learners (prerequisite EDU 104)
EDU 324 Educational Experience in Jamaica (J-Term)
EDU 331 Race and Equity in Education (prerequisite EDU 104; Fall)
SPE 334 Characteristics of Learners I (Fall)
SPE 434 Academic Curriculum/Assessment/Instructional Strategies (Fall)
EDU 373 Using Picture Books & Informational Text (J-Term)
EDU 380/580 Comparative Studies (Travel course: J-Term, Spring Term, Summer Term)
ENG 315 Adolescent Literature (.50; spring)
MTL 561 Understanding the Middle Level Learner* (prerequisite: SEC 311; last offering SP17)
EDU 360 The Middle School* (prerequisite SEC 311; last offering SP17)

*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.


Share |

Follow Us: Flickr YouTube Instagram

Elmhurst College • 190 Prospect Avenue • Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-3296 • (630) 279-4100


Undergraduate Admission • (630) 617-3400 • (800) 697-1871 •


School for Professional Studies • (630) 617-3300 • (800) 581-4723 •


Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy Admission • (630) 617-3752 •


Technical SupportPrivacy Policy