Content Area Courses

All students need to have sufficient knowledge of the subject they will be teaching.  Illinois State Board of Education requires a minimum of 48 quarter hours (32 semester hours) in the content area subject.  Students should meet with their designated Content Area advisor at the beginning of their program for an official written content evaluation and provide a copy to your academic advisor.  Requirements can be satisfied by undergraduate coursework or courses taken elsewhere.  Content courses must be completed before student teaching.

Requirements for Secondary Education Visual Arts

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Two Dimensional Foundation
  • Three Dimensional Foundation
  • Drawing
  • Intermediate or Adv. Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Computer Graphics
  • Printmaking
  • Principles of Art History
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Art & Design I
  • Art & Design II 

Course requirements

Pre-Education Introductory Courses: 12 quarter hours required

Advanced Standing Courses: 28 quarter hours required  

Graduate Level Content Area Courses: 8 quarter hours required

Two courses in Visual Art at the graduate level are required.  Courses must be taken before student teaching if pursuing degree (not required for individuals pursuing licensure only).  Courses must be approved by your Content Area Advisor prior to registration and requires graduate level registration.

Student Teaching: 8 quarter hours required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section.   EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.

Recommended/Optional Course

SCG 439 is required for middle school endorsements but is not required for the degree.  If taking SCG 439 for endorsement purposes, a grade of C or better is required.  Visual Art candidates are required to take this course.

Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree Requirements: 4 quarter hours required

This is a Master of Arts degree requirement only.  A master’s thesis is written to fulfill the requirements of this course. An oral examination on the thesis is required. 

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education Visual Arts majors must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math.  Test is required to qualify for Advanced Standing.  *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Visual Arts Content Area Test (test #145) – assesses knowledge of elements, principles, and expressive features of visual arts.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply)
  • Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) (test #103, grade 6-12) – assesses knowledge of teaching planning, delivery, assessment, professionalism, and technology.  Test is required to be licensed; recommended to be taken before Student Teaching. 


Field Experiences​​

Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education/Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. The field experiences must include a variety of grade levels, multicultural experiences, and a minimum of 15 hours in special education settings. All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching. Field experience hours should be entered by the student into the FEDS system when completing courses with field experience requirements. For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.​


T&L 589


A student writing a thesis registers for this course for four quarter hours of credit. Where the thesis research and the writing of the thesis itself are prolonged beyond the usual time, the program advisor may require the student to register for additional credit.

SCG 439


This course examines foundational and contemporary theories of youth and adolescent development. It considers how these theoretical ideas relate to contemporary questions of youth and middle level education. The course explores the historical invention of adolescence, changing ideas about the meaning of childhood, as well as some of the broader social, economic, political, and cultural implications of these changing ideas. This course seeks to develop in prospective educators a broader capacity to theorize about youth and schooling, and, hence, to act critically and reflectively in multiple contexts in which youth learn.

T&L 611


This course is designed to assist first-year secondary teachers to make the transition from student of teaching to teacher. The course creates a bridge between first-year teachers' formal education and the realities of their classrooms. In particular, the course provides assistance with the following: 1) understanding their induction into the profession; 2) analyzing their new educational contexts; 3) actualizing their educational philosophies; 4) developing their pedagogical knowledge; and 5) identifying and making the most of professional support systems within their schools. Prerequisite: Completion of student teaching or practicing teacher. PREREQUISITE(S): T&L 590 or practicing teacher.
T&L 590 is a prerequisite for this class.

T&L 590


(6 credit hours) Students will be placed for a minimum of 10 weeks in a secondary school. Seminar will meet once a week, in the participating schools and/or at DePaul. At first, they will focus on issues of immediate concern to student teachers. As the students gain experience the seminar will examine six or eight classroom issues; that is, topics which students have found to be significant on the basis of their experience. These would have found to be significant on the basis of their experience. These would include such things as assessment, evaluation, classroom management, curriculum planning, and relationships with colleagues. After delineating what the issues are, students would be expected to analyze and discuss readings that relate to the issues. PREREQUISITE(S): Application and approval required. Open only to DePaul student.

T&L 591


(2 credit hours) This course is taken concurrently with T&L 590, Secondary Student Teaching. In this course, students will have opportunities to reflect on their student teaching experience and prepare materials to support their employment searches and career as teachers. COREQUISITE(S): T&L 590

EDU 95


(no credit) Required of all students. Observations and participatory experience with children and youth in a school or agency. This course is a prerequisite for student teaching and related professional courses.

EDU 25


(0 Credit) This online course provides students with a knowledge about assembling, using, and troubleshooting basic technology hardware and software. In this course, students demonstrate understanding of basic computer setup and the use of peripheral devices such as printers, speakers, flash drives, scanners, digital cameras, videos, and computer software.

T&L 424


This course is an introduction to the DePaul Secondary Education program as well as the professional world of secondary school teaching. In this course, candidates develop the knowledge and skills necessary for being a reflective practitioner. Candidates focus on understanding themselves (professional identity) and their behaviors in teaching situations with students in schools. These insights, combined with subject-matter knowledge, guide the development of various course assignments. Candidates will learn how to observe effectively in a school setting, to identify school governance issues, to understand school environment and the current social issues that shape it, and will experience a variety of teaching methods and resources for their future teaching. Candidates will acquire knowledge of important social concepts and theories that affect education, especially as they affect educational change in urban societies. As candidates become aware of differences in individual, ethnic, and cultural group attitudes, values and needs, they also will learn to recognize the complexities of teaching and learning in a pluralistic society. Candidates will be committed to teaching as a responsible professional who acts ethically as well as in a collegial fashion. In addition to class attendance, candidates are required to complete 15 daytime fieldwork hours as part of the course. This course is a prerequisite to T&L 425. It is highly recommended that this course be taken concurrently with SCG 406.

T&L 425


This course will examine materials, methods, and techniques appropriate for teaching in secondary schools. Topics include writing instructional objectives, developing lesson plans, designing a curriculum unit, understanding classroom management and assessment related issues. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their own emerging educational philosophies as well as draw from previous courses they have taken. Students will be given many opportunities for planning, using and evaluating a variety of instructional strategies while preparing and teaching a micro lesson in front of their peers. Students will be committed to teaching as a professional acting responsibly, ethically, and collegially in accordance to Vincentian Personalism. 30 hours Level 1 Field Experience required.
T&L 424 is a prerequisite for this class.

SCG 406


This course focuses on the multiple factors that contribute to the period of adolescence, bridging childhood and adulthood. Particular attention is given to the intrapsychic, interpersonal, biological, and socio-cultural processes that are mediated by the meanings that youth give to their identity vis a vis rac, class, and gender formations within the broader society. Students will engage in interdisciplinary study of theories to examine the implications for teaching and learning processes and the role of educational institutions in fostering the healthy development of youth in society. Forms of inquiry will include students' examination of their own lives and assumptions, critique of theory, and observations of young people in a variety of contexts.

SCG 408


A study of social forces that impinge upon the educational enterprise and analysis of the relationship to major social problems in urban education with emphasis on their social, economic, political, historical and philosophical dimensions.

SCG 409


This course focuses on the relationship between school structures and culture, social relations of race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and ideologies organizing education in the United States. Students will explore a range of theories in the sociology of education atha5t explore linkages between school structures and processes and broader social forces. Readings may examine the political economy of schooling, inequalities in educational practices, and student and teacher identities shaped by schools and the larger society.

SCG 411


This course examines the relationship of education to the moral and ethical dilemmas or predicaments of the human condition. It will entail issues related to the nature of education's responsiveness, or lack there of, to the concerns of the human condition: for example, human alienation, suffering, success and failure, caring, freedom, responsibility, liberaiton and agency. Special attention will be given to how these concerns influences or have social, cultural and political implications for how teachers address them within the teaching and learning process.

SCG 410


(formerly CUG 400) This course will examine the basic questions, issues and theoretical frameworks central to the purpose, conceptualization, conduct, writing, reading and the use of educational research as a means for informing educational theory, practice and policy. Students will be exposed to the multiple frameworks which inform education research, the various methodologies employed in collecting and analyzing data and will examine the advantages, limitations and values implicit in conducting and evaluating research.

LSI 446


Identification, characteristics, programs, schools, curricular variations, techniques for securing maximal development. Includes historical background, current legal and service provision issues including mainstreaming and inclusion.
Advanced Teacher Candidate Standing is a prerequisite for this class.

T&L 525


This course analyzes the relationships among reading, writing, speaking and listening. It encourages middle level and high school teachers in all disciplines to take these interrelationships into account and to plan curricula that include current teaching strategies to enable students to become better readers, writers and thinkers in their various content-areas. This course will also concentrate on group process and its role in effective teaching within and across content-areas. Language use, learning and teaching are considered from a multicultural perspective. 30 hours Level 2 Field Experience required.
Advanced Teacher Candidate Standing is a prerequisite for this class.

T&L 465


This course surveys the trajectory of visual thoughts and explores strategies in art production and distribution (e.g., documents, writing, and practice) used by artists, art educators, and visualists. This course examines the visual arts in and out of space where learning occurs and explores the (in) effectiveness of the visual arts when intersected with pedagogical practices. The course presents a foundation in the social, historical, cultural, and political influences on visual thinking and explores the interpretation of visual production as language, information, curriculum, activism, design, and new media within multiple working spaces. Site visits required. 30 hours Level 2 Field Experience required.
T&L 425 and Advanced Standing are a prerequisite for this class.

T&L 466


This course investigates strategies for creative enterprise and visual studies and includes art projects and site work, reading, investigations, multi-media projects and writing. Through the use of various media and technologies, students explore methods for teaching, authoring, and/or collaborating in preparing visual arts curriculum. The course explores teaching practices in space where technology, youth, and social and educational elements intersect. Teaching practices within diverse settings are considered as well as the contribution of artists, writers, place makers, teachers, designers, and cultural workers. Site visits are required. 30 hours Level 2 Field Experience required.
Advanced Teacher Candidate Standing is a prerequisite for this class.

T&L 565


This course is a self directed graduate course in the Visual Arts Education Program. Candidates who consider this course must develop a written proposal for their work and identify professional expectations of this quarter long immersion in advanced study. Candidates may select from a range of possible pursuits from preparing a new body of work or preparing an exhibition to working within a host of selected museums or galleries as an art education intern throughout the city and suburbs. All candidates are required to meet with a faculty member for an initial interview to discuss contact hours, needs and limitations, critique times and locations and the required documentation from the 11 week experience. All proposals must be approved by a faculty member in the program.

TCH 484


This course continues students' immersion into the pedagogical content knowledge development and practices that began in TCH 424 and TCH 474. The course provides students opportunities to continue to explore and develop research-based and theoretically grounded best practices in the teaching of the different sciences, including biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative practice. The course provides extensive opportunities for planning, using, and evaluating a variety of instructional strategies, including the use of technology resources, through teaching demonstrations and modeling and field experiences. Students will fine-tune and reflect on writing instructional objectives, developing lesson plans, designing a curriculum unit, creating a classroom environment, and implementing instructional delivery strategies and methods that meet the needs of diverse learners, including English language learners and students who speak nonmainstream dialects of English. And like in TCH 471, students will reflect on and clearly articulate orally, in writing, and through practice an educational philosophy and theory. Students will also demonstrate commitment to teaching as a professional who acts responsibly, ethically, and collegially in accordance to Vincentian personalism.

BBE 501


This course provides educators across disciplinary content areas foundational knowledge for teaching and assessing adolescent English language learners (ELLs) and speakers of non-dominant varieties of English. Especial focus is placed on identifying and augmenting students' various (oral and written) proficiencies and inter- and intra-linguistic varieties of English toward increased academic English proficiency. This course also engages educators in realizing in curriculum and instruction the multifaceted aspects of fostering academic proficiency among adolescent ELLs and speakers of non-dominant varieties of English, such as theories of first, second, and heritage language sociolinguistics; language policy and planning; cross-disciplinary collaboration; parental/family language practices; family and community participation and involvement; informed decision making and advocacy; school/community discourses; learner accommodations; WIDA and Common Core standards; and culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment.

SCG 451


This course introduces students to different approaches to education research and research methods with a focus on critical practitioner research. Students will become discerning readers of educational research and be able to design and conduct research related to teaching and learning in a variety of disciplinary areas (English, history/social sciences, mathematics, or science) at the secondary level. They will develop skills to critically examine and reflect on practice in the classroom through discipline-specific research projects. Taken concurrently with TCH 471, TCH 472, TCH 473, TCH 474 and TCH 481, TCH 482, TCH 483, TCH 484. (Course spans two quarters: Fall-Winter or Winter-Spring).

TCH 495


This course introduces candidates to theoretical and philosophical issues related to educational assessment. It addresses the range of assessments teachers will encounter in school settings, including individual cognitive and social and emotional assessments; course material, curricula, and disciplinary program assessments; and large scale high-stakes testing. The course provides candidates opportunities to explore student, program, and curricular assessment issues, including assessment methods and tools; standardized, quantitative, and qualitative assessments; formal and informal assessments; formative and summative assessments; integrated, self-, and peer assessments; cultural, social, economic, and language influences on assessments; and issues of reliability and validity in assessment. Offered during Fall, Winter, and Spring terms.