This program provides students the opportunity to complete in approximately five years an undergraduate degree in a core science major and a Master of Education degree with State of Illinois secondary education teaching certification in a content area related to their major. As a combined degree program of the College of Science and Health and the College of Education, the program is collaboratively developed, governed, and taught by faculty from both units.
Students may apply to the Program during the spring of their junior year. They must complete the Junior Year Experiential Learning course TCH 320, Exploring Teaching in an Urban High School, and meet other application criteria prior to applying; these include completion of at least 16 hours of four courses at DePaul and a 3.0 GPA. During their Senior Year, students are required to complete a program capstone course and three 400-level courses at 12 quarter hours that count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Master’s year comprises teacher-preparation coursework that culminates with student teaching during the Spring quarter. Upon graduation and the fulfillment of State of Illinois Certification requirements (which may require some additional course work in the student’s major and related fields), students are eligible to be certified to teach Math, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Physics at the 6th-12th grade levels.
A full description of the Program can be found on the College of Education website and in the College of Education graduate course catalog. Students interested in the TEACH Program may consult with an associate dean in the College of Science and Health or an associate dean in the College of Education.