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 Social Science

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better.

  • US History I
  • US History II
  • US History – upper level
  • US History – upper level
  • World History I
  • World History II
  • Non-US, World History – upper level
  • Non-US, World History – upper level
  • Secondary Field (6 courses minimum): Choose single field from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Socio​​logy.

Additional licensure requirements

  • One course in each area required
    • Geography
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Sociology/Anthropology

Course Requirements

Pre-Education Introductory Courses: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Advanced Standing Courses: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Graduate Level Content Area Courses: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Two courses in History or the Social Sciences 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.

  • HST 300 or 400 level history or social science course 1
  • HST 300 or 400 level history or social science course 2 (Recommend T&L 455 for students needing a U.S. History course)

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.

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 Social Science 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.
  • Social Science: History Content Area Test (test #114) – assesses and measures the candidate's core knowledge across history and social science fields. 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.

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.​