Course Requirements

Content Area Courses

Chemistry Core:   40 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Mathematics Core: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Physics Core: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Pre-Education Introductory Courses: 20 quarter hours required,  grade of C or better required 

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

Student Teaching : 10 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures above.  EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.  All students also take SEC 387, Capstone Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section).

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 Chemistry majors must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (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: Chemistry Content Area Test (test #106) – assesses knowledge of both geological and chemical science.  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.