The Bachelor of Arts program in Secondary Education English prepares students to teach 6th through 12th grade in a variety of urban and suburban education settings, including public and private middle schools and high schools.

Students learn educational theories and effective teaching practices, participate in field experiences, which require observation and participation in teaching activities at multiple schools, and student teaching. Students should meet early and regularly with their advisor to design and monitor their program of study.

The program combines theoretical principles of education and field work with the student's choice of major. Students follow a general pattern of study for middle school and high school levels. In all cases, appropriate field experience plays an integral role.

In addition to completing the requirements for licensure in Illinois, and in aligning with a commitment to preparing students with a global mindset, teacher candidates will also complete the requirements to gain a certificate in Teaching and Learning from the International Baccalaureate Organization. The IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning for the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP) provides teacher candidates the background and expertise to teach in an IB school.  The IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning expands the opportunities for teacher candidates and training in IB open expands the vision of inquiry and reflective practice.

Students entering the program must be able and willing to devote themselves to a program requiring a minimum of 100 hours of daytime field experiences in schools.  These school-based clinical hours are completed in conjunction with methodology courses that require students to spend a half-day each week in a school. As students will be completing requirements to earn the IB Certificate, a majority of the 100-110 hours will be completed in International Baccalaureate Schools.   In addition, the student must spend a minimum of 11 weeks in full-time student teaching.

Please make sure you consult the Liberal Studies Requirements, Major Requirements, and College Core Requirements for full degree requirements.

NOTE:  Secondary Education students now have the option to double major in Secondary Education and English. With the double major, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Secondary Education and a major in English.  Students should declare Secondary Education as their primary major (see Secondary Education BA/BS for degree requirements) and English (see English BA for degree requirements) as their secondary major. If you have already begun the Secondary Education English major and want to switch to the Secondary Education Major and English double major, you should contact your academic advisor because the double major may require additional coursework.  Students who pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Secondary Education English do not have the option to double major in English.


Illinois Professional Educator License with endorsement in Secondary Education English Language Arts (grades 6-12), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.

Liberal Studies Requirements 78 hours
​Major Requirements 110 hours
​Open Electives 4 hours
​Total hours required    192 hours