Program Requirements

Aurora University has designed a certification-only program for those students seeking initial secondary certification. The four content areas of secondary certification offered by Aurora University are biology, English, history and mathematics. This degree program is intended for students who have already obtained a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Courses generally meet in the evening, once per week, during the academic semester.

Special Requirements for Secondary Certification

Prior to admission to the School of Education, students seeking certification at the secondary level in the Secondary Certification Program will have all undergraduate transcripts evaluated for content area requirements. Notification of content courses that will need to be taken prior to student teaching will be attached to the formal acceptance letter from the university.

Please note that students are required to have a previously earned degree in English, history, mathematics or biology. For example, someone wanting a social science/secondary certification must have a degree in history. They cannot have a degree in political science, with a minor in history. Even with that degree, the transcripts will be forwarded to the appropriate department for review for any content course deficiencies.

Admission requirements

  1. Complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a grade point average of 2.75 or above. The degree must be documented by official transcripts. Submit a completed graduate application and be accepted by Aurora University.
  2. Submit a passing score on the Illinois Certification Testing System's Basic Skills Test
  3. Pass an FBI fingerprint check, a National Sex Offenders list check and have a current (within the last year) TB test. These must be completed in the first semester after admission.
  4. Complete a School of Education application.

Transfer of Credit

The School of Education Graduate Faculty Committee may accept a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning for application toward elective degree requirements. Transfer credit must be accepted prior to enrollment in the first course. Graduate faculty reserve the right to decide on the applicability of any and all transfer credit.

Program Requirements for Secondary Certification

EDU5106 The Secondary School: The Learning Environment (3 semester hours)
EDU5206 The Secondary School: Foundations and Assessment (3 semester hours) 
EDU5266 The Secondary School: Theories of Learning (3 semester hours)
EDU5726 Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas (3 semester hours)
EDU5756 Methods Practicum (0 semester hours)
EDU5826 Secondary Methods of Teaching Biology (4 semester hours)
EDU5826 Secondary Methods of Teaching English/Language Arts (4 semester hours)
EDU5826 Secondary Methods of Teaching Mathematics (4 semester hours)
EDU5826 Secondary Methods of Teaching Social Studies (4 semester hours)
HIS5996  Directed Study Capstone in History (3 semester hours)
MTH5996 Directed Study Capstone in Mathematics (2 semester hours)
ENG5996 Directed Study Capstone in English (2 semester hours)

EDU6756 Student Teaching Internship (10 semester hours)

Optional eight semester hours to obtain Middle School Endorsement (requires both EDU5440 and EDU5370)

EDU5440 Middle School: Missions and Methods (4 semester hours)
EDU5370 Adolescent Development and Learning (4 semester hours)

Note: Students seeking a middle school endorsement must take EDU5440 and EDU5370 and meet state requirements for content area, prior to student teaching. Students seeking a middle school endorsement in mathematics must also take EDU5450, Methods of Teaching Mathematics: Middle School.