Course Requirements 

Pre-Education Introductory Courses: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Advanced Standing Education Courses: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required


The proposed major in Secondary Education concentration requirements reflect the disciplinary area content-specific courses that are part of Secondary Education—[Disciplinary Area] majors.

Concentration Areas: 16 quarter hours required, grade C or better required

Biology/Chemistry/Environmental Science/Physics


History/Social Sciences


Visual Arts

Discipline Area Major

Open electives that fill out the credit hour requirements for a degree in the proposed Secondary Education major can be/should be used to complete coursework toward the disciplinary area major. The following table identifies the number of open electives required/necessary for each concentration (disciplinary area) within the Secondary Education major based on current disciplinary area major requirements. These hours equal the credit hours required for each identified disciplinary area major:

  • Biology = 100 credit hours
  • Chemistry:
    • BA = 68 credit hours
    • BS = 92 credit hours
  • English = 56 credit hours
  • Environmental Science:
    • BA = 66 credit hours
    • BS = 96 credit hours
  • History = 60
  • Mathematics:
    • ​BA/BS = 60-64 credit hours
  • Physics = 88-96 credit hours
  • Visual Arts = 76 credit hours

These credit hour requirements are subject to revision based on disciplinary area major coursework revisions. 

Open Electives

Depending on the disciplinary area major, additional open elective credit may be required to reach the minimum number of hours for an undergraduate degree. 

Student Teaching

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

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures 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 Test

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education Major for double major students 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.
  • Content Area Test for the disciplinary area for which the student will be licensed – assesses knowledge of disciplinary content.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • 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.