Secondary Education

The secondary education program is designed for individuals who wish to teach students in secondary schools (Grades 9-12). It leads to a master of arts degree and prepares candidates to pursue an Illinois teaching license.

The program requires successful completion of general education courses, professional education courses and core courses, as outlined below:

Professional Education Course Requirements (30-33 credit hours*)

Core Course Requirements (9 to 12 credit hours*)

*33 hours of professional education courses for a license for individuals without prior licensure, plus 9 or 12 credit hours of core courses for degree. This coursework meets the requirement for the middle school endorsement as well. Required number of credits for licensed educators pursuing an endorsement in secondary education varies.

Candidates for a master of arts degree in individualized education who are enrolled in the secondary program must complete EDGCC 511, 513 and 514. In lieu of 514 and the completion of a graduate study research, graduate secondary students make take two additional graduate courses offered by the School of Education, as approved by their advisers.