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 wanting to teach AP or Honors in any individual subject besides history need an endorsement. For students also wanting to be eligible to teach middle school social studies, passage of an additional content test is 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. Additional information on Admission, Retention and Graduation for Teacher Licensure programs can be found on the College of Education website at https://www.eiu.edu/coe/teached.php.
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 maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and major GPA of 2.75, 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.
Students must complete the professional education coursework following the 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.