Major Requirements — Secondary Education Supplemental Major

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2017-2018 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

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 9-12) 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: English, mathematics, physical education and social studies (history). Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to a major in the School of Education.

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 English, mathematics and social studies/history 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 Test of Academic Proficiency or received an ACT Plus Writing composite score of 22 or higher, or at least 1030 on SAT taken before March 5, 2016 or at least 1110 on SAT taken on or after March 5, 2016; pass a criminal background check, a sex offender check and a TB test. Because of the extensive nature of program requirements, students should plan coursework carefully with their academic advisor.

Retention Criteria: Students admitted into teacher education must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their major courses to remain in the teacher education program.

Exit Criteria: Completion of all required coursework, successfully pass (student teaching) to be recommended for teacher licensure.

The School of Education is continuously redesigning its programs based on current research, state law, the School
of Education conceptual framework and Illinois School Board of Education. Students must be aware that there is a possibility a redesign may alter some of the requirements currently stated in the catalog and programs could be subject to these changes. 

Required for State Licensure in Secondary Education
The required and selected courses in each “approved” major plus the following professional education courses must be satisfactorily completed for state licensure.

Required for State Licensure: Total number of semester hours varies according to each program

  • COM1550 Professional Communication (4)
    Required for English only
  • Meet Aurora University’s Mathematics Competency requirement through coursework or examination
    *Fulfillment of required general education courses. 

Required Courses:

  • EDU2100 Foundations of Teaching and Learning (4)
  • EDU2260 Learning, Theories and Application K-12 (4)
  • EDU3620 Teaching and Assessing Diverse Learners in the Secondary Classroom (4)
  • EDU3720 Reading Across the Curriculum (4)
  • EDU4750 Student Teaching (13)
  • EDU4760 Student Teaching Seminar (2)
  • SPED2120 Characteristics and Identification of Disabilities and the Law (4)
  • SPED4620 Collaboration Models for Inclusion (4) 

Candidates will choose according to major:

  • English: ENG3820 Secondary Methods in English (4)
  • History: SBS3820 Secondary Methods in Social Studies (4)
  • Mathematics: MTH3820 Secondary Methods in Mathematics (4)

Approved Professional Educator Licensure Grade Level Endorsement Programs
Aurora University offers ISBE- and CAEP-approved licensure programs in:

  • Early Childhood Special Education with Bilingual/ESL Birth to Grade 2
  • Elementary Education 1-6
  • Secondary Education 9-12
  • Special Education K-12 LBS I
  • Physical Education K-12 

Students who wish to add an endorsement are required to make an appointment to meet with their advisor in the Crouse Center to:

  • Receive information about the specific courses required by the State of Illinois
  • Receive information about endorsements offered by Aurora University
  • Receive information about requirements and prerequisites 

Approved Endorsement Areas
Aurora University offers ISBE- and CAEP- approved endorsement areas in:

  • Art
  • Bilingual/ESL
  • English
  • General Science
  • Health Education (middle school only)
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science
  • Social Science
  • Spanish
  • Theatre