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. Typically these requirements are met concurrently with the completion of the CSH undergraduate degree program. Prior to admission to the 5th Year Master’s Year, students must meet with their CSH academic advisor to complete an undergraduate degree audit that will include an official written content area evaluation. Any areas of deficiency must be completed prior to beginning student teaching.
All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better.
- General Biology I
- General Biology II
- General Biology III
- General Chemistry I
- General Chemistry II
- General Chemistry III
- General Physics I
- General Physics II
- General Physics III
- Earth System Science
- Human Impacts on the Environment
- Environmental Rhetoric and Politics
- Environmental Data Analysis
- Environmental Science Seminar
- Environmental Impact Analysis
Junior Year Coursework: 4 undergraduate quarter hours required
Senior Year Coursework : 4 quarter hours required
Undergraduate/Graduate Double-Counted Courses: 12 undergraduate/graduate quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.
5th Year Master’s Year Coursework, excluding Student Teaching: 32 graduate quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.
Student Teaching: 8 graduate 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. It is a non-credit, non-tuition course.
All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education Environmental Science students 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.
- Science: Environmental Science Content Area Test (test #112) – assesses knowledge life science, physical science, and the living environment. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply)
- Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) – assesses knowledge of teaching planning, delivery, assessment, professionalism, and technology. Test is required to be licensed; recommended to be taken before Student Teaching.
- EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching
experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student
work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries.
Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for
independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part
of the assessment.
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. Students should enter field experience hours into the FEDS system upon completion of each course with field experience requirements. For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.