Grade 9 through Grade 12
The secondary teacher education minor is designed for undergraduates wish to become secondary teachers in business, history, chemistry, biology, English, and mathematics. Students earn a minor in secondary education as a complement to their major in business or the College of Arts of Sciences. Students who successfully complete the minor earn a State of Illinois teaching license with an endorsement in their chosen subject area (business, biology, chemistry, English, history, or math). Other endorsements may be earned, in consultation with a professional advisor in the College of Education.
Students are formally admitted to the teacher preparation program when they earn a passing score on the Illinois Basic Skills Test or the Test of Academic Proficiency and have a minimum 2.7 GPA in all undergraduate courses.
Because specific courses in the academic major are required for licensure, students must consult with an education advisor to ensure that their plans for academic study in their major are correct and in fulfillment of all licensure requirements. All declared or prospective minors should contact an education advisor in their first year of study at Roosevelt University.
Because requirements for teacher licensure are subject to change, undergraduates must consult frequently with both their education and academic major advisors. The advising plan developed by the education advisor provides the most up-to-date and authoritative information with respect to all program and licensure requirements.
Students may take general education requirements, courses in the academic major, and the following four education courses without having earned admission to the program.
EDUC 200 American Education (3 semester hours)
EDUC 210 Child Development for Educators: Infancy Through Adolescence -OR- (see PSYC 215)(3 semester hours)
READ 339 Young Adult Literature (required only of English majors)(3 semester hours)
SPED 319 Exceptional Children and Youth(3 semester hours)
In order to enroll in the remainder of the secondary teacher education minor, students must have earned admission to the teacher preparation program. A passing score on the Illinois Basic Skills Test or the Test of Academic Proficiency is required to register for these courses.
Field and Clinical Experiences
Field experiences in secondary education involve urban and suburban placements and must include culturally diverse learners. Experiences take place in middle school and high school settings, and involve teacher candidates in individual, small group, and whole class instruction, observation, and participation in community based activities. A minimum of 100 hours of field experiences is required prior to student teaching.
Placement in student teaching is planned with consideration for each student’s needs and interests. A College of Education faculty member as well as a resident, experienced teacher supervises each student. Formal application is required approximately two semesters in advance of student teaching. To earn admission to student teaching, a student must have passed the Illinois Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency and the appropriate Content Test. In addition, all students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in their undergraduate courses, and a 3.0 GPA respectively in their academic major and secondary education minor (with the exception of Math and Science, where a 2.7 minimum GPA is acceptable in the academic major). All general education, academic major, and secondary education minor course requirements must be completed with grades of C or higher (C- grades are unacceptable). An APT test should be taken during student teaching. This test is required for licensure certification. No other course may be taken, nor may a student be employed, during student teaching.
In order to qualify for Roosevelt University’s recommendation for the Illinois teaching license, students must meet all general education requirements developed jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and the College of Education faculty. Please consult as soon as possible with an education advisor in the College of Education about these requirements. In general, they are the same as the general education requirements for other students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business; however, specific courses may be required in order to earn an endorsement in the area of specialization (e.g., English, history, math, biology, chemistry and business).
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