Students seeking professional preparation in secondary education may complete a supplemental major in addition to an appropriate major offered by Aurora University. The choice of the secondary education major is linked to subsequent certification, so students should consult a School of Education advisor.
A student seeking Illinois State Board of Education certification at the secondary level (grades 6-12) must satisfy state requirements in the primary major, supplemental major and in General Education. It is therefore essential that the entering freshman work closely with an academic advisor in order to ensure that all course requirements will be met within four years of college course work. It is advisable for students to work toward fulfillment of state requirements early in their academic careers. It is also essential that candidates apply to the School of Education as soon as the decision to teach is made.
Candidates seeking certification in one of the Aurora University-approved secondary areas must apply to the School of Education for acceptance no later than the end of the sophomore year, or upon admission to the university as a transfer student in the case of those who have completed the sophomore year. Aurora University is approved to offer the following secondary teacher-certification programs as approved by the Illinois State Board of Education: biology, English, mathematics, physical education and social studies (history). Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to a major in the School of Education.
In addition to the required courses and state tests, each candidate must complete three field experiences: pre-teaching, a methods practicum and student teaching. It is important to be aware that all three of these requirements must be applied for at least one year prior to enrollment in the course. Exceptions in application dates are made only for transfer students. All others should carefully read the information at the following location: Field Experiences.
Major in Biology, B.A. with Secondary Education Certification Option
Major in English, B.A. with Secondary Education Certification Option
Major in Mathematics, B.A. with Secondary Education Certification Option
Major in Physical Education, B.S. with Secondary Education Option
Major in Social Studies, B.S. with Secondary Education Option
Admission to the School of Education
Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to a major in the School of Education. Only students who have been accepted into the School of Education may take methods courses.
Admission criteria: All secondary education students in biology, English, mathematics and social studies must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their major courses as required in secondary education in order to be admitted to teacher education in the School of Education. In addition, to be fully admitted to the secondary teacher education program, a candidate must have completed an appli cation form from the School of Education; passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ACT Plus Writing with a score of 22; passed an FBI Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses a criminal background/sex offender check and a TB test.
Retention criteria: Students admitted into teacher education must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their major courses in order to remain in the teacher education program. In order to enroll in methods courses, a candidate must be a Supplemental Major 131 fully admitted School of Education student. Candidates must have passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ACT Plus Writing with a score of 22, an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/ sex offender check, and the required TB test prior to enrollment in student teaching.
Exit criteria: Candidates must show satisfactory progress: completion of all required coursework and credit hours, including student teaching; successful completion of all Illinois State Board of Education Licensure exams, including successful completion of edTPA as determined by ISBE and Pearson, in order to be recommended for Professional Educator License.
The School of Education is continuously redesigning its programs based on current research, state law and our conceptual framework. Students must be aware there is the possibility this redesign may alter some of the requirements currently stated in this catalog and programs could be subject to these changes
Required for State Certification in Secondary Education
The required and selected courses in each "approved" major, plus the following professional education courses, must be satisfactorily completed for state certification:
Required for State Licensure: Total number of semester hours varies according to each program
COM1550 Professional Communication (4)
Required for biology, mathematics, English and physical education
Meet Aurora University’s Mathematics Competency requirement through coursework or examination.
Fulfillment of all General Education requirements, including but not limited to:
IDS1610 Being Human: Ethics and Mortality
IDS2020 Trajectories of Human History
IDS2030 Science and Society
IDS2040 Global Justice
EDU2200 Standards and Foundations of Education (4)
EDU2260 Theories of Learning (4)
EDU2900 Pre-teaching (1)
EDU3720 Reading Across the Curriculum (4)
Candidates will choose according to major:
Biology: BIO3820 Secondary Methods in Biology (4)
English: ENG3820 Secondary Methods in English (4)
History: SBS3820 Secondary Methods in Social Studies (4)
Mathematics: MTH3820 Secondary Methods in Mathematics (4)
SPED2120 Characteristics and Identification of Disabilities and the Law (4)
SPED3620 Language Development and Diversity (4)
SPED3750 Prosocial Skills and Challenging Behaviors (4)
SPED4620 Collaboration Models for Inclusion (4)
EDU4750 Student Teaching (13)
EDU4760 Student Teaching Seminar (2)
Junior Cornerstone Collaborative Research (4)
NOTE: For those individuals seeking a middle school endorsement, completion of PSY3350 (4) Child and Adolescent Development and EDU3440 (4) Middle School Mission and Methods are required. For those individuals seeking a middle school endorsement in mathematics, EDU3440 (4) Middle School Mission and Methods, PSY3350 (4) Child and Adolescent Development and EDU4360 (4) Methods of Teaching Math: Middle School (3) are required.
Academic information on departmental Web sites reflects the university's most current curriculum. The print version of the catalog, which is also posted online, may differ from this information.