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2017-2018 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of History

History with Teacher Licensure Option (B.A.)

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Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 127 semester hours

Semester Hours required for the History with Teacher Licensure Option: 67 semester hours

The History with Teacher Licensure Option is for students who would like to major in History and gain Illinois state licensure 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 Licensure programs as described in the “Teacher Licensure 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 Licensure programs can be found on the College of Education & Professional Studies website at www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached.

All students must pass the Illinois Licensure Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Students can substitute ACT plus Writing or SAT scores for the TAP if they meet the minimum scores set by the Illinois State Board of Education.  These scores can be found at http://www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached or by contacting the CEPS Dean’s Office.  Students should complete this requirement no later than their sophomore year. 

Students must complete the professional education coursework following the Regular Secondary Education Professional Education Sequence. Information is available in the Teacher Licensure Program section of this catalog. Students must pass the appropriate test (whether it be APT, edTPA, or some other test) before they can receive their teaching license from Illinois or any other state.

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 also pass the requisite state content test in order for student teaching approval. 

History with Teacher Licensure Option Comprises:

Students must complete all the professional coursework under the Regular Secondary Education Program.

40 Semester Hours of General Education

34 Semester Hours in the Professional Education Core

The Professional Education Core consists of the Regular program (See below.)


  • One SOS Elective (GEO 3200; SOC 2721; PSY 3515; PSY 3780; or another approved SOS elective)


Students must complete all the professional coursework under the Regular Secondary Education Program.

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