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Major Requirements

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Course Requirements

First Content Area Course: 24 hours required, grade of C or better required

A content area is a single area of study in language arts, math, science, or social science (cannot include coursework in Education). 

    • Six content courses: 
      • 100, 200, 300 level language arts, math, science, or social science course 1 
      • 100, 200, 300 level language arts, math, science, or social science course 2 
      • 100, 200, 300 level language arts, math, science, or social science course 3 
      • 200-300 level language arts, math, science, or social science course 4 
      • 200-300 level language arts, math, science, or social science course 5 
      • 200-300 level language arts, math, science, or social science course 6
    • For science, content coursework must include one course each in
        • physical sciences;
        • life sciences; and 
        • earth and space sciences
    • For social sciences, coursework must include one course each in
        • history;
        • geography;
        • civics and government; and
        • economics

      Note that individuals can receive a reduction of 1 course in this area based on courses taken in the learning domains.  This applies only to language arts, math, or social science.  Talk to your advisor about applying the reduction.

      Second Content Area: 20 hours required, grade of C or better required 

      A content area is a single area of study in language arts, math, science, or social science.  The second content area must be a different area than the one chosen as the primary content area (cannot include coursework in Education).

    • Five content courses: 
      • 100, 200, 300 level language arts, math, science, or social science course 1
      • 100, 200, 300 level language arts, math, science, or social science course 2 
      • 100, 200, 300 level language arts, math, science, or social science course 3 
      • 200-300 level language arts, math, science, or social science course 4 
      • 200-300 level language arts, math, science, or social science course 5
      • For science, content coursework must include one course each in
        • physical sciences;
        • life sciences; and
        • earth and space sciences
          • For social sciences, coursework must include one course each in
            • history;
            • geography;
            • civics and government; and
            • economics

            Pre-Education Core (Junior Standing): 30 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

            Advanced Standing Education Courses (Senior Standing): 22 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required


                    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 MGE 391, Student Teaching Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section).

                  • MGE 390 STUDENT TEACHING   (10 credit hours) 
                  • EDU 95 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH   (non-credit, non-tuition, PA grade required) 

                    Minors

                    Students are eligible to complete any minor offered at DePaul University, including those related to the four Middle Grades Education content areas and to other areas of specialization in education. The minors related to the content areas and other areas of education include:
                    • Bilingual Education
                    • Biological Science
                    • Chemistry
                    • Coaching
                    • Creative Writing
                    • Economics
                    • English as a Second Language
                    • English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education
                    • English Literature
                    • Environmental Science
                    • Exceptionality and Learning
                    • Geography
                    • Health
                    • History
                    • Mathematics
                    • Physics
                    • Special Education
                    To complete a minor, students must fulfill all of the requirements of that minor as identified by the minor’s home department or program.

                      Licensure Tests

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

                    • Basic Skills (test #096) or TAP (test #300, or #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, and math.  Test is required to qualify for Advanced Standing. 
                    • Content Area Test: Two tests are required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply). Test details will be forthcoming.
                    • 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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