Requirements for STEM Education Licensure

Change the world: Teach STEM. Explore! Engage! Excel!

Explore: Many of Elmhurst’s science majors enter the teaching profession, and with good reason: teachers of science, technology and mathematics are in extremely high demand.

Engage: We have created an integrated major program specially designed to prepare future STEM teachers. Participate in extensive teaching-based experiences in urban, high-need schools. Prepare to teach in linguistically and culturally diverse settings.

Excel: Join the STEM teacher preparation community at Elmhurst University and begin your journey today! Map out your personal path toward the completion of your STEM degree with licensure as a secondary teacher (grades 5–12).

STEM Education Licensure

Students seeking licensure in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics will be licensed with one of these subjects as their designation. Broadfield science licensure allows students to teach biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, and physics at the regular level and in their designation area at the AP and honors levels. Biology, chemistry or physics majors can earn their licensure for teaching in middle or high schools by completing a specified course sequence in both their major (biologychemistry, mathematics or physics) and in education. Students must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program: Secondary & PK–12 Education in Elmhurst’s Department of Education.

Want More Information?

For more information on teaching STEM at the middle or high school level in Illinois and obtaining a license to do so, you should watch this brief presentation. After watching this presentation, if you want to further explore the possibility of becoming a STEM teacher and discuss what is involved in applying for admission to the teacher licensure program, please contact William Slodki. For more information about Secondary Education, please contact Dr. Theresa Robinson, who is the STEM Education Coordinator and Director of Secondary and Middle Grades Education in the Department of Education.

Theresa Robinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education; Director of the Noyce PRIDE STEM Teacher Scholars Program; Program Director of Secondary Education
Department of Education

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