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Over the past several years, Illinois College has acquired a reputation for the high quality and innovative nature of its Teacher Preparation Program.

General Education Requirements

ELEMENTARY LICENSURE (Grades 1-6)
A major in Education with Elementary licensure consists of ED 101, 203, 205, 267, 289, 330, 340, 342, 343, 360, 385, 389, 431, 432, 433, and 434 and PS 275.  Elementary Licensure requires specific content area coursework in disciplines outside of the Education Department. Students should consult the Education Department for the current list of these courses.

MIDDLE SCHOOL LICENSURE (Grades 5-8)
Those seeking to teach in middle schools are advised to contact the Education Department for more information as this licensure area is currently under development.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION LICENSURE (Kindergarten -Grade 12)
A major in Education with Physical Education licensure consists of ED 101, 203, 205, 289, 326, 335, 355, 385, 389, 431, 432, 433, and 434; PS 312; EP 208, 211, 214, 232, 305, 308, 310, and 383; BI 107; and BH 335 or 340. 

Kindergarten -Grade 12 LICENSURE – Art, Music, and Spanish
Illinois College also has approved programs in K-12 teaching for art, music, and Spanish majors. Students wishing to obtain a license to teach in one of these content areas must complete all graduation and major requirements required by the major in addition to ED 101, 203, 205, 289 335, 355, 385, and 389; PS 312; the appropriate content methods course(s); and, ED 431, 432, 433, and 434. Note that specific content area courses are required for some K-12 licensure programs.  Contact the Education Department for guidance.

Requirements for Secondary and K-12 Licensure

SECONDARY LICENSURE
Illinois College has approved programs in secondary education for science - biology, English (literature or writing emphasis), social science - history, and mathematics majors. Students wishing to obtain a license to teach at the secondary level in the above areas must complete all graduation and major requirements in one of these majors in addition to ED 101, 203, 205, 289, 335 385, and 389; the appropriate methods course from ED 321-326; and, for licensure, ED 431, 432, 433, and 434. Candidates in Secondary English language arts are required to take ED 267 and CO 210 or CO 225 or CO 353 for licensure. Candidates in secondary social science – history have additional coursework to complete in the social sciences as specified in the Teacher Preparation Handbook for licensure. PS 312 is strongly encouraged as an elective course.

K-12 LICENSURE
Illinois College has approved programs in K-12 teaching for art, music, physical education, and Spanish majors. Students wishing to obtain a license to teach in art, physical education, and Spanish majors must complete all graduation and major requirements required by the major in addition to ED 101, 203, 205, 289 335, 355, 385, 389; PS 312; the appropriate content methods courses; and, for licensure, ED 431, 432, 433, and 434.

Students wishing to obtain a license to teach in music must complete all graduation and major requirements required by the major in addition to ED 101, 205, 289 335, 385; PS 312; the appropriate content methods courses; and, for licensure, ED 431, 432, 433, and 434. ED 203 is optional but strongly encouraged.

Requirements for Minors and Additional Endorsement
A minor in Education consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours, with a grade of “C” or better in each course, from the following list of courses. Students are required to take ED 101, 203, 205, and 289 and at least one additional 200 or 300 level approved elective (from areas such as, but not limited to, ED, EP, PS, MG, or SO). The elective course should be made in consultation with the Education Department and is intended to best serve  the individual student and their professional interests.

A minor in Physical Education (with or without teaching) consists of 24 credit hours from the following list of courses. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be earned from courses numbered at the 300 level or higher: EP 208, 211, 214, 232 305, 308, 310, and 383.

A minor in Health (with or without teaching) consists of 24 credit hours from the following list of courses. A minimum of 12 credit-hours must be = earned from courses numbered at the 300 level or higher. Students are required to take BI 107, BH 335 or BH 340, EP 208, and EP 383. Students can fulfill the remainder of the requirement by selecting two of these courses: EP 308, SO 347, BH 225 or BH 330.

Teacher candidates pursuing an endorsement in health should consult with the Director of Teacher Preparation or Illinois College’s Licensure Officer for the most recent ISBE requirements.

Additional Requirements for Licensure
In addition to the coursework outlined above, several other requirements must be met for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program and to be Licensed in the State of Illinois. Please consult the Education Department for further information.

Subsequent Teaching Endorsements
Teacher candidates interested in being licensed to teach more than one content area or grade band should consult the Director of Teacher Preparation or Licensure Officer to create an individualized, focused program of study.