Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 128-134 semester hours
Semester Hours required for the History with Teacher Certification Option: 78 semester hours
The History with Teacher Certification Option is for students who would like to major in History and gain Illinois state certification at the secondary level to teach all of the social sciences (history, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology/anthropology). Students must receive a grade of “C” or higher in all courses which apply to the major and must maintain a major grade point average of 3.0 or higher and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher to complete the program. For students also wanting to be eligible to teach middle school history, additional Middle Level Education courses are required.
This option requires that students follow and meet the requirements for Admission, Retention and Graduation from Teacher Certification programs as described in the “Teacher Certification Programs” section of this catalog and as explained at the University Admission to Teacher Education Meeting which all students must attend. Students must gain University Approval to Take Teacher Education Courses no later than the end of their first semester Junior year in order to use this suggested plan. Additional information on Admission, Retention and Graduation for Teacher Certification programs can be found on the College of Education & Professional Studies website at www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached.
All students must pass the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills/Test of Academic Proficiency or document a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus Writing for selection into teacher education and should complete this requirement no later than their sophomore year.
Students must receive a “C” or better in all courses used toward graduation, regardless of where they are taken. This includes general education, professional education, major and minor course, all university required courses, and electives. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.65 in order to continue in the education program. Students must receive a “C” or better in all coursework, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and major GPA of 3.00, in order to be approved for student teaching. Approval for student teaching requires that the minimum GPA be held at the beginning of the semester prior to the student-teaching semester.
Students must complete the professional education coursework following the Regular Secondary Education Professional Education Sequence. Information is available in the Teacher Certification Program section of this catalog.
Students must pass the appropriate Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test before they can receive their teaching license from Illinois or any other state.