Course Requirements

Content Area Courses 

Note: HST 298 is a prerequisite for all 300 level history courses. 

United States History Courses: 16 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

World History Course: 16 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

World history electives can be chosen from any non-US history area

Secondary Field: 24 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Choose six courses from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology.  All courses must be from a single field.

  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 1
  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 2
  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 3
  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 4
  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 5
  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 6

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 indicated in the college core section.  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 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) (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.