This program provides students the opportunity to complete in five years an undergraduate degree in a core arts and sciences major and a Master’s of Education degree with State of Illinois secondary education teaching certification in a content area related to their major. As a combined degree program of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Education, the program is collaboratively developed, governed, and taught by faculty from both units.
Students may apply to the Program during the spring of their junior year. They must complete the Junior Year Experiential Learning course TCH 320, Exploring Teaching in an Urban High School, and meet other application criteria prior to applying; these include completion of at least 16 hours at DePaul and a 3.0 GPA. During their Senior Year, students are required to complete a program capstone course and three 400-level courses that count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Master’s year comprises teacher-preparation coursework that culminates with student teaching during Spring quarter. Upon graduation and the fulfilling of State of Illinois Certification requirements (which may require some additional course work in the student’s major and related fields), students are eligible to be certified to teach English, History, or Social Science at the 6th-12th grade levels.
A full description of the Program can be found in the College of Education graduate course catalog.