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TEACH: Secondary Education English

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

All students need to have sufficient knowledge of the subject they will be teaching.  Illinois State Board of Education requires a minimum of 48 quarter hours (32 semester hours) in the content area subject. Typically these requirements are met concurrently with the completion of the LAS undergraduate degree program. Prior to admission to the 5th Year Master’s Year, students must meet with their LAS academic advisor to complete an undergraduate degree audit that will include an official written content area evaluation. Any areas of deficiency must be completed prior to beginning student teaching.

Content Area Requirements for Secondary English Education

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better. and a minimum of 18 quarter hours must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level

  • Introduction to Literature course
  • Reading Poetry course
  • Shakespeare course
  • Literary Research and Writing/Reading Prose course
  • Linguistics/Grammar/History of the English Language course
  • 3 British Literature courses
  • Romanticism in American Literature course
  • 2 American Literature courses
  • 2 300-level Literature elective courses

Junior Year Coursework: 4 undergraduate quarter hours required

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 320EXPLORING TEACHING IN THE URBAN HIGH SCHOOL (fulfills undergraduate Junior Year Experiential Course requirement)4

Senior Year Coursework: 4 quarter hours required

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 390CAPSTONE: INTEGRATING EDUCATION & DISCIPLINARY FOUNDATIONS (fulfills undergraduate Capstone requirement; major area may require a separate Capstone course)4

Undergraduate/Graduate Double-Counted Courses: 12 undergraduate/graduate quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 401TEACHING AS A PROFESSION IN SECONDARY SCHOOL4
TCH 411THE NATURE OF ENGLISH4
TCH 421INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY ENGLISH PEDAGOGY4

5th Year Master’s Year Coursework, Excluding Student Teaching: 32 graduate quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Course Title Quarter Hours
SCG 406HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING:SECONDARY4
SER 446PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION OF THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD4
BBE 501TEACHING ADOLESCENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND DIALECT SPEAKERS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4
TCH 451RESEARCH METHODS & DISCIPLINARY INQUIRY: ENGLISH 14
TCH 471TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 14
TCH 481TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 24
TCH 495ASSESSMENT ISSUES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION4
T&L 525READING, WRITING, AND COMMUNICATING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4

Student Teaching: 8 graduate quarter hours required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. It is a non-credit, non-tuition course.

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 590STUDENT TEACHING (grade of B- or better required)6
TCH 591STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR (grade of C or better required)2
EDU 95CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (non-tuition, PA grade required)0

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education English students must complete the following tests:

  • English Language Arts Content Area Test (test #207) – assesses reading, writing and research, speaking and listening, and literature. 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.

Field Experiences​

Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education/Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. The field experiences must include a variety of grade levels, multicultural experiences, and a minimum of 15 hours in special education settings. All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching. Students should enter field experience hours into the FEDS system upon completion of each course with field experience requirements. For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.

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