The Secondary Education Major for double majors provides students the opportunity to complete a primary major in Secondary Education and a secondary major in the disciplinary area for which students will be licensed (Art, Design & Media, Biology, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, History, Mathematics, or Physics). As double majors, students are required to complete both majors and to fulfill all state licensure requirements to be licenses to teach.

The double major is designed to provide future Secondary Education teachers with a Secondary Education degree and a disciplinary area degree that reflects disciplinary area expertise. Like the Secondary Education major with disciplinary content courses attached to the major (e.g., Secondary Education Biology, Secondary Education English, et cetera), the Secondary Education Major for double majors draws on the expertise of faculty in the COE’s Secondary Education Program and Educational Policy Studies and Research Department to immerse students into essential issues and themes of education and theories and practices of teaching and learning. Such issues as educational inequality, politics of schooling, identity politics, social justice, identity development inside and beyond formal school settings, historical, cognitive, sociocultural, and sociopolitical nature of human development and society are integrated with issues of pedagogical content knowledge, critical pedagogy, constructivist teaching practices, theories of teaching and learning, curriculum development, and professional practice. Ensuring that students understand all these issues is integral to the Program design and delivery and to the preparation of teachers. 

The measure of the academic quality of the Program relies on clearly articulated features of exemplary teacher-education programs. These include: 

  • a “common, clear vision of good teaching that permeates all coursework and clinical experiences…”;
  • a “well-defined standard of professional practice and performance…”;
  • a “strong core curriculum taught in the context of practice” and including understanding of human development and learning, social and cultural contexts, curriculum assessment, and subject-matter pedagogy;
  • an “extended clinical experience” that supports ideas presented in coursework;
  • an “extensive use of case methods, teacher research, performance assessments, and portfolio evaluation…”; 
  • “explicit strategies” to help students confront their own beliefs and assumptions about learning and students and to learn about the experiences of diverse people; and
  • “strong relationships, common knowledge, and shared beliefs among school- and university-based faculty.” (Darling-Hammond, L. [2006]. Constructing Teacher Education. Journal of Teacher Education, 57, 300-314.) 

Students who are interested in the Secondary Education Major for double majors should contact their academic advisor. The Secondary Education Major must be selected as the primary major to ensure that licensure requirements attached to the Liberal Studies Program are completed. Disciplinary major requirements are determined by the academic department in which the major is housed.

Licensure

Illinois Professional Educator License with an endorsement in the specified disciplinary area:

  • Secondary Education Science-Biology (grades 6-12), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.​ 
  • Secondary Education Science-Chemistry (grades 6-12), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.​
  • Secondary Education English Language Arts (grades 6-12), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.​
  • Secondary Education Science-Environmental Science (grades 6-12), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.​
  • Secondary Education Social Science-History (grades 6-12), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.
  • Secondary Education Mathematics (grades 6-12), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.
  • Secondary Education Science-Physics (grades 6-12), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.
  • Secondary Education Visual Art (grades 6-12), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.
Liberal Studies Requirements 74-78 hours
​Major Requirements 58 hours
Discipline Area Major 56-100 hours
​Open Electives 0-4 hours
​Total hours required 192-236 hours
 
The total number of hours for the degree are determined by the concentration/discipline area chosen for the double major.