Major Requirements — Secondary Education Supplemental Major

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.

Field Experiences

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 application form to the School of Education; passed the Illinois Certification Testing System Basic Skills Test; passed an FBI fingerprint check and national sex offender check; and have a current (within one year) 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 fully admitted School of Education student. Candidates must have passed the appropriate Illinois State Board of Education Content Area test prior to enrollment in student teaching.

Exit criteria: Candidates must show satisfactory progress in order to be recommended to teacher certification, including completion of all required coursework and credit hours, including student teaching; and successful completion of the appropriate Illinois State Board of Education Assessment of Professional Teaching.

The School of Education is continuously redesigning its programs based on current research, state law and our conceptual framework. Students must be aware that there is the possibility that this redesign may alter some of the requirements currently stated here and your program 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 Education Courses (28 semester hours)

EDU2200 Standards and Foundations of Education (4)
EDU2260 Theories of Learning (4)
EDU2900 Secondary Education Pre-Teaching (1)
EDU3720 Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas (4)
EDU4750 Student Teaching Internship (12)
EDU4760 Student Teaching Seminar (3)

Required for State Certification (47 semester hours)

11-15 semester hours in communication
ENG1000 Prepatory and Introductory English (4)
or  
IDS1600 Culture, Diversity and Expression (4)
ENG2010 Introduction to Research Writing (4)
COM1500 Human Communication/Public Speaking (4)
3 semester hours MTH1100 College Algebra/MTH1110 Contemporary Mathematics or successful completion of
Mathematics Competency requirement.
8 semester hours of Ways of Knowing: Ourselves and Others (including PSY3350)
8 semester hours of Ways of Knowing: Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression
8 semester hours of Ways of Knowing: Our Natural World
8 semester hours of Ways of Living
3 semester hours PSY3460 Exceptional Individual

NOTE: For those individuals seeking a middle school endorsement, completion of PSY 3350 (4) and EDU3440 Middle School Mission and Methods (4) are required. For those individuals seeking a middle school endorsement in mathematics, EDU4360 Methods of Teaching Math: Middle School (3) is required. For those seeking a middle school endorsement in Mathematics, both EDU3440 and EDU4360 are required.

Public Notice: Teacher Certification Programs
Aurora University offers the following secondary-level teacher-certification programs approved by the Illinois State Board of Education:

Biology Physical Education
English Social Studies (History)
Health* Special Education
Mathematics

*Middle school endorsement only

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.