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
Requirements for the Teaching Licensure/Education Major
Students wishing to complete a licensure program and/or major in Education must complete one of the following programs:
- ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (1-6)
A major in Education with Elementary licensure consists of ED 101, 203, 205, 267, 289,330, 340, 342, 343, 360, 385, and 389. (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 GRADES EDUCATION (5-8) IN MATH, LANGUAGE ARTS, SCIENCE, OR SOCIAL SCIENCE
A major in Education with Middle Grades licensure consists of ED 101, 203, 205, 289, 335, 385, 389, the appropriate content area methods course. Middle Grades Licensure requires specific content area courses in the candidate’s chosen teaching area. Students should consult the Education Department for the list of these courses.
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION, MUSIC* OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE – SPANISH EDUCATION
Completing K-12 programs in Physical Education, music* or Foreign Language – Spanish licensure and earning the Education major consists of ED 101, 203, 205, 289, 335, 385, 389 and the appropriate methods course. Completion of the appropriate content major (Kinesiology and Exercise Science - Physical Education concentration, Music*, or Global Studies- Spanish concentration) is also required for licensure.
*Music Education is only available to transfer students entering Illinois College this year by special arrangement.
- SECONDARY SCIENCE-BIOLOGY, ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS, OR SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY EDUCATION (9-12)
Completing a program with Secondary Science-Biology, English, Math, or Social Studies-History licensure and earning an Education major consists of ED 101, ED 203, ED 205, ED 289, ED 335, ED 385, ED 389, and the appropriate methods course. Completion of the appropriate content major (Biology, English, Math or History) is also required for licensure. A specific distribution of courses within the content major may be required. Students should consult the Education Department for the list of these courses.
- AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION (6-12)
A licensure program in Agricultural Education is in the final stages of approval by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. Those seeking licensure in Agricultural Education are advised to contact the Education Department for details.
- ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TEACHING LICENSURE
PS 275 is required for Elementary Education Licensure. PS 312 is required for K-12 Physical Education, Foreign Language – Spanish, Middle Grades licensure in Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Science, and Secondary Math licensure, and strongly recommended for all other secondary licensure programs. ED 431, 432, 433, and 434 are required for licensure in all programs. Those who do not take these courses may still graduate with an education major but will not be eligible for licensure.
Requirements for the Education Minor
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 chosen in consultation with the Education Department and is intended to best serve the individual student and their professional interests.
Candidates Seeking Additional Teaching License Endorsement
After earning their initial teaching license, any educator may add subsequent endorsements in other content areas or grade bands. Most subsequent teaching endorsements require 16 credit hours in the specific subject area, along with passing the applicable content area test. Some endorsements require a specific distribution of coursework, including particular teaching methods courses. All candidates seeking to add additional content area or grade band endorsements should speak with Illinois College’s Licensure Officer.
Online Reading Teacher Endorsement
The Reading Teacher Endorsement is designed to be added to an existing Professional Educator License (PEL). This endorsement may be added at the Elementary, Middle Grades or Secondary level, but is most typically added to an Elementary teaching license. Reading Teachers are generally responsible for working with students who would benefit from additional reading instruction and assessing students to determine their reading needs and strengths. These professionals collaborate with reading specialists and other professionals to improve instruction and to modify the physical and social environments as needed to meet the needs of all readers.