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TEACH: Secondary Education Social Science

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 History Education

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better.

Course Title Quarter Hours
HST 298INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL SOURCES AND METHODS4
HST 299CRAFT OF HISTORY4
Select 3 US History courses12
Select 2 Non-US History courses8
Secondary Field (6 courses minimum): Choose single field from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.24
Additional licensure requirements (one course in each area required):
GEO 101ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY4
ECO 106PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS4
PSC 120THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM4
SOC 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY4
ANT 102CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
PSY 105INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY I4

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 412THE NATURE OF HISTORY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES4
TCH 422INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 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 452RESEARCH METHODS & DISCIPLINARY INQUIRY: HISTORY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 14
TCH 472TEACHING HISTORY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 14
TCH 482TEACHING HISTORY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 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 History 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.
  • Social Science History Test (test #246) – assesses core knowledge of history and social science fields. 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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