Secondary Education Minor

he Secondary Education minor leads to recommendation for grades 9-12 Illinois licensure when combined with an appropriate academic major, fulfillment of UIS and TEP general education requirements, other campus requirements, and requirements set by the Illinois State Board of Education. Secondary Education candidates major in a program that leads to recommendation for licensure in one of the following areas: English, Mathematics, Science (biology or chemistry), or Social Science (History, Political Science, or Sociology/Anthropology).

Candidates seeking the Secondary education minor should expect that their total program of study will increase by a minimum number of 42 credit hours.

In addition to the required courses below for Secondary Teachers Licensure, students may need additional courses to fulfill licensure requirements in areas of general education and content specific course work to be recommended for a Professional Educator License.


Introductory Courses
TEP 207Foundations of American Education3
TEP 223Adolescent Development for Teachers3
TEP 224Exceptional Child for Teachers3
TEP 227Educational Psychology for Teachers3
Core Courses
TEP 305Technology For Teaching3
TEP 315Advanced Classroom Management3
TEP 318Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment3
Methods Courses 1
TEP 415Teaching in Secondary Schools3
TEP 419Content Area Literacy Methods3
Select one of the following depending on licensure area:3
English Methods for Middle and Secondary Grades
Mathematics Methods for Middle and Secondary Grades
Science Methods for Middle and Secondary Grades
Social Studies Methods for Middle and Secondary Grades
Total Hours30

Student Teaching

Secondary candidates who have successfully completed all general education requirements; all introductory, core, and methods courses; all course work for the content area, and all other requirements will be eligible to complete student teaching. For secondary candidates, the student teaching semester includes two courses:


TEP 449Middle Grade and High School Student Teaching Seminar3
TEP 451ECCE: Student Teaching - Middle Grade and High School9
Total Hours12

Candidates are required to apply for student teaching. Applications are to be completed within the prescribed time frame. Candidates must complete a state and federal background check as directed by the host district prior to the start of student teaching.