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Special Education & Elementary Education (SEE) Concentration

Content Area Prerequisites

A transcript evaluation will be completed upon admission to the program. If deficiencies exist, they must be completed prior to student teaching. Students in the Special & Elementary Education (SEE) program must complete general education content area coursework in the following ten areas:

  • Physical Education or Health
  • Fine Arts or Literature
  • Mathematics
  • 3 Science courses, one completed in each of the following areas:
    • Physical Science
    • Life Science
    • Earth/Space
  • 4 Social Science courses, one completed in at least 4 of the following areas:
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Economics 
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Anthropology
    • Geography

Course Requirements

Teacher Candidate Courses Requirements: 24 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 442SURVEY AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER4
SER 402INSTRUCTION AND DIFFERENTIATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
T&L 409PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS4
SCG 401ADVANCED LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT4
SCG 408EDUCATION AND SOCIETY4
BBE 411FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER EDUCATION4

Advanced Courses Requirements: 42 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 403CLASSROOM AND BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 405TEACHING LITERACY TO EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS4
SER 409TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES4
SER 410TEACHING MATHEMATICS TO EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS4
SER 416LITERACY PRACTICUM IN SPECIAL EDUCATION I2
SER 421FORMAL ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 461COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE AND SPECIAL EDUCATION4
T&L 413READING/LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE INTERMEDIATE GRADES4
T&L 415TEACHING AND LEARNING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE4
T&L 416TEACHING AND LEARNING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS4
T&L 418LEARNING THROUGH THE ARTS4

Student Teaching Requirements

Student Teaching is the culminating clinical experience in the student's program. All students in teacher preparation programs must meet the following requirements before applying for student teaching:

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of all Content Area Prerequisites, Teacher Candidate courses, and Advanced courses
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better
  • Meet all other program requirements  (e.g., residency requirements)
  • Meet designated program standards
  • Pass the required Illinois licensure content area tests (see below)

Clinical Requirements

  • Completion of all required field experiences
  • Three satisfactory evaluations in field experiences
  • Three satisfactory faculty recommendations
  • Attendance at mandatory meeting for student teaching 
  • Application for student teaching, resume, transcripts, and writing sample (check deadlines)
  • Review and approval by Student Teaching Committee of the College of Education.
  • Student Teaching Timeline and Deadlines
  • Attend a Mandatory Meeting approximately 1 year prior to expected quarter of student teaching.
  • Submit application for student teaching after attending Mandatory Meeting, approximately 1 year prior to student teaching.

Academic requirements (above) due one quarter before expected quarter of student teaching.

Clinical requirements (above) are completed as course requirements.

Individual school districts may have additional requirements (application, training, background check, etc.)

Student Teaching: 14 quarter hours required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section.

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 465INDUCTION INTO THE FIELD OF EDUCATION I (grade of B- or better required)2
SER 466INDUCTION INTO THE FIELD OF EDUCATION II (grade of B- or better required)4
SER 585STUDENT TEACHING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (grade of C or better required)4
SER 586STUDENT TEACHING IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (grade of C or better required)4

Licensure Tests

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

Special Education students must complete the following tests:

  • LBS1 Content Area Test (test #155) – assesses knowledge of working with students with disabilities and special needs. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • Special Education General Curriculum Test (test #163) – assesses knowledge of reading & literacy, mathematics, natural science, and social science. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply). 
  • Elementary Education Content Area Test, grades 1-6 (tests #197-200)
  • 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.

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