Please note: The Secondary Education undergraduate programs will not be accepting students beginning Fall 2018. If you have questions, please contact the Department of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies.

Introduction 

The professional education sequence in secondary education leads to entitlement in one of five (from major) programs or in one of the following K-12 licensure programs:

Secondary

Suggested Four and Five year Course Schedule/Department

 Biology

Four- and five-year plan/Biology, B.S.

 English

Four- and five-year plan/English, B.A.

 Health

Four- and five-year plan/Health, B.A.

 History

Four- and five-year plan/History, B.A.

 Mathematics

Four- and five-year plan/Mathematics, B.A.

K-12            Suggested Four and Five year Course Schedule/Department
Art Four- and five-year plan/Art, B.A.
Music Four- and five-year plan/Music, B.M.
Physical Education Four- and five-year plan/Physical, B.A.

Spanish

Four- and five-year plan/Spanish, minor
   

Please note that the secondary or K-12 education sequence alone does not constitute a major at Northeastern Illinois University.

Students seeking secondary or K-12 teacher licensure declare a major in an academic subject area. The secondary education program qualifies as “an area of study in addition to the major” and fulfills graduation requirements. Each certification program involves three types of requirements:

  1. Requirements of an academic major
  2. Specific General Education requirements
  3. Professional secondary or K-12 education requirements.

Upon completion of these requirements, students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. A depth of knowledge in their chosen academic discipline;
  2. Knowledge of the principles of human growth and development and of learning;
  3. Knowledge of students with varying racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  4. Knowledge of the wide range of abilities and special needs of students; and
  5. The ability to apply their knowledge and skills as they develop effective learning experiences for students during the methods, and the clinical components of the professional education sequence.

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Admission to the Program 

To declare the “area of study in addition to the major” you must contact the advisor, Vanessa J. King at v-king@neiu.edu or (773) 442-5387 to discuss your interests, needs and program requirements.
 

For general Northeastern admission requirements, the Admissions Office helps new and returning students through the application process. In addition, the Transfer Center assists transfer students and veteran students who are transitioning to our campus.

Admission and Retention Requirements
Consult with advisor Vanessa J. King at v-king@neiu.edu or (773) 442-5387 for program requirements.
 

  Level 1

Requirements for Program Admission and SCED-301 (Methods of Teaching on the Secondary Level):    

  1. Completed admission to the Goodwin College of Education (including passing score on Illinois State Board of Education Test of Academic Proficiency, formerly called the Basic Skills Examination).
  2. Completion of EDFN-305 and 306 with a C or better.
  3. Completion of a minimum 21 semester credit hours in major.
  4. Declaration of academic major and secondary education major/area.
  5. Overall grade point average of 2.75 or better in professional education sequence course.

Level II
Requirements for admission to SCED-303 and 304 (or MUS-393L):

  1. Concurrent registration in EDFN-307 if not taken in Level I.
  2. Concurrent registration in READ-301.
  3. Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.
  4. Completion of SCED-301 with a C or better*.
  5. Completion of required number of semester hours in major (varies with major). No more than 9 semester credit hours remaining in the major.

  Level III 

Requirements for admission into SCED-305 (Student Teaching):

  1. Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.
  2. Overall grade point of 2.75 or better in professional education sequence courses.
  3. Completion of required number of credit hours in major (varies with major). No more than six semester hours remaining in the major.
  4. Complete background check.
  5. Completion of READ-301.
  6. Completion of EDFN-307 with a C or better.
  7. Completion of SCED-303 (Methods) with a C or better, and 304 (Clinical) with a B or better or MUS-393L.
  8. Passing score on ICTS Content Area Test.

  ​Level IV

Required for Program completion and State entitlement: 

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours.
  2. Completion of required courses for state certification.
  3. Completion of NEIU Northeastern Illinois University’s General Education Requirements.
  4. Completion of academic major with no grades lower than C.
  5. Completion of all requirements in Levels I, II and III. Completion of SCED-305 Student teaching with a B or better.
  6. Passing score on ICTS Assessment of Professional Teaching Test required for entitlement.
  7. Overall grade point of 2.75 or better in professional education sequence courses.

The College of Education ICTS Institutional Pass Rate is 98 percent.

Degree Requirements 

All Northeastern students must meet the University’s graduation requirements in order to successfully complete their degree, including completion of 120 hours of coursework with satisfactory grades.

In addition to the successful completion of the academic major, students must complete the General Education requirements for the Goodwin College of Education. Transfer students and second bachelor’s degree candidates should consult their advisors concerning General Education requirements.

Courses 

Suggested Four- and Five-Year Course Schedule: SCED

We encourage students to plan out their academic schedule. Whether you seek to graduate within four or five years or attend two or three courses per year, we will help you formulate a plan that fits your needs.

Suggested Four- and Five-Year Course Schedule for Content Major:

Art
 

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Fall 3

Spring 3

Fall 4

Spring 4

 ENG 101

 ENG 102

 MATH

College level

EDFN 305

Content Major

SCED 301

SCED 303

 SCED          305

 GenEd

 GenEd

CMTC 101/202

EDFN 306

Content Major

Content Major

SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

MATH 185

Content Major

Content Major

EDFN 307

Content Major

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

HEALTH 107/ 312

 

GenEd

GenEd

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

18 credits

18 credits

18/+ credits

19/+ credits

18/+ credits

18/+ credits

15/+ credits

12/+ credits

 

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Fall 3

Spring 3

Fall 4

Spring 4

 ENG 101

 ENG 102

 MATH

College level

EDFN 305

EDFN 307

ELED 311

 SCED 303

 SCED          305

 GenEd

 GenEd

CMTC 101/202

EDFN 306

Content Major

LTCY 301

 SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

HEALTH 107/312

Content Major

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

GenEd

GenEd

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

18 credits

18 credits

18 credits

18 credits

18 credits

18 credits

18 credits

12 credits

Suggested Four- and Five-Year Course Schedule for Content Major:

Biology

Fall 1

Spr 1

Fall 2

Spr 2

Fall 3

Spr 3

Fall 4

Spr 4

Fall 5

Spr 5

ENG 101

ENG 102

CMTC 101 /202

Gen  Ed

 

EDFN 305

EDFN 307

ELED 311

SCED 303

SCED          305

Gen Ed

MATH Colege level

Gen  Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

EDFN  306

 

LTCY 301

SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

HLTH 107/ 312

Content Major

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

 

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

15 credits

15 credits

12credits

15   credits

12 credits

15 credits

12 credits

15 credits

12 credits

12 credits

 

Fall 1

Spr 1

Fall 2

Spr 2

Fall 3

Spr 3

Fall 4

Spr 4

Fall 5

Spr 5

ENG 101

ENG 102

CMTC 101 /202

Gen  Ed

MATH 185

EDFN 305

EDFN 307

SCED 301

SCED 303

SCED          305

Gen Ed

MATH College level

Gen  Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

EDFN  306

Content Major

LTCY 301

SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

HLTH 107/ 312

Content Major

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

15 credits

15 credits

15/+ credits

15/+   credits

16/+ credits

15/+ credits

15/+ credits

15/+ credits

12/+ credits

12/+ credits

Suggested Four-Year Course Schedule for Content Major:

English

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Fall 3

Spring 3

Fall 4

Spring 4

 ENG 101

 ENG 102

 MATH

College level

EDFN 305

Content Majo: ENGL 390

SCED 301

 SCED 303

 SCED          305

 GenEd

 GenEd

CMTC 101/202

EDFN 306

Content Major

EDFN 307

 SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

LTCY 301

HEALTH 107/312

Content Major

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

SCED 315

 

GenEd

GenEd

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

 

18 credits

18 credits

18 credits

18 credits

18 credits

18 credits

15 credits

12 credits

 

Fall 1

Spr 1

Fall 2

Spr 2

Fall 3

Spr 3

Fall 4

Spr 4

Fall 5

Spr 5

ENG 101

ENG 102

CMTC 101 /202

Gen  Ed

 

EDFN 305

EDFN 307

SCED 301

SCED 303

SCED          305

Gen Ed

MATH College level

Gen  Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

EDFN  306

Content Major: ENGL 390

LTCY 301

SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Co-tent Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

SCED 315

HLTH 107/ 312

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

 

Content Major

 

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15   credits

12 credits

15 credits

12 credits

12 credits

12 credits

9   credits

Suggested Four- and Five-Year Course Schedule for Content Major:

Spanish

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Fall 3

Spring 3

Fall 4

Spring 4

 ENG 101

 ENG 102

 MATH

College level

 CMTC 101/202

EDFN 305

ELED 311

SCED 303

SCED          305

 GenEd

 GenEd

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

EDFN 306

 EDFN 307

 SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

LTCY 301

HEALTH 107/312

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

GenEd

GenEd

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

13 credits

9 credits

 

Fall 1

Spr 1

Fall 2

Spr 2

Fall 3

Spr 3

Fall 4

Spr 4

Fall 5

Spr 5

ENG 101

ENG 102

CMTC 101 /202

Gen  Ed

Gen Ed

EDFN 305

EDFN 307

ELED 311

SCED 303

SCED          305

Gen Ed

MATH College level

Gen  Ed

Gen  Ed

Gen Ed

EDFN  306

Content Major

LTCY 301

SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

HLTH 107/ 312

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

 

12 credits

12 credits

12 credits

12   credits

12  credits

12 credits

12 credits

12 credits

6 credits

9   credits

 

Suggested Four- and Five-Year Course Schedule for Content Major:

History

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Fall 3

Spring 3

Fall 4

Spring 4

ENG 101

ENG 102

MATH

College level

CMTC 101/202

EDFN 305

SCED 301

SCED

303H

SCED

305H

HIST 111A@ (*Behavioral/Social Science GenEd)

HIST 111B@ (*Behavioral/Social Science GenEd)

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

EDFN 306

EDFN 307

SCED

304H

HEALTH

107/312

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

300-level elective in history@

ECON 215 or 217(*Behavioral/Social Science GenEd)

LTCY

301

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

HIST-214@

HIST-215@

300-level elective in history@

300-level elective in history@

300-level elective in history@

 

GenEd

GenEd

Non-European or non-US History course@

Non-European or non-US History course@

300-level      elective in history@

300-level elective in history@

 

 

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

10 credits

12 credits

 

Fall 1

Spr 1

Fall 2

Spr 2

Fall 3

Spr 3

Fall 4

Spr 4

Fall 5

Spr 5

ENG 101

ENG 102

CMTC 101 /202

Gen  Ed

Gen Ed

EDFN

305

EDFN

307

SCED

301

SCED

303H

SCED

 305

Gen Ed

MATH College level

ECON 215 or 217(*Behavioral/Social Science GenEd)

Gen  Ed

Gen Ed

EDFN

 306

300-level elective in history@

LTCY

301

SCED

304H

 

HIST 111A@ (*Behavioral/Social Science GenEd)

HIST 111B@ (*Behavioral/Social Science GenEd)

Gen  Ed

HIST-214@

HIST-215@

300-level elective in history@

300-level elective in history@

300-level elective in history@

HLTH

107/ 312

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Non-European or non-US History course@

Non-European or non-US History course@

300-level elective in history@

300-level elective in history@

   

 

12 credits

12 credits

12 credits

12 credits

12  credits

12 credits

12 credits

9 credits

7 credits

9 credits

Suggested Four- and Five-Year Course Schedule for Content Major:

Math

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Fall 3

Spring 3

Fall 4

Spring 4

 ENG 101

 ENG 102

 

EDFN 305

LTCY 301

SCED 301

 SCED 303

 SCED          305

 GenEd

 GenEd

Gen Ed

EDFN 306

 Math   203

EDFN 307

 SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

 

Content Major

Content Major

HEALTH 107/312

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Math 202

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

GenEd

GenEd

Math 187

Math 251

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

Gen Ed

 

CMTC 101/202

Math 253

 

 

 

 

18 credits

15 credits

16+ credits

18+ credits

16+ credits

 16+credits

15+ credits

 9 credits

 

Fall 1

Spr 1

Fall 2

Spr 2

Fall 3

Spr 3

Fall 4

Spr 4

Fall 5

Spr 5

ENG 101

ENG 102

CMTC 101 /202

Gen  Ed

Gen Ed

EDFN 305

EDFN 307

SCED 301

SCED 303

SCED          305

Gen Ed

MATH College level

Gen  Ed

Gen  Ed

Gen  Ed

EDFN  306

 

LTCY 301

SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

 

 

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

HLTH 107/ 312

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

 

 

Math 202

 

Math 253

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

Gen Ed

 

 

Math 187

 

Math 251

 

Math 203

 

Content Major

 

 

 

15 credits

12 credits

13 credits

15+   credits

13+credits

12+ credits

12+ credits

12+ credits

12+ credits

 9credits

Suggested Four- and Five-Year Course Schedule for Content Major:

Music

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Fall 3

Spring 3

Fall 4

Spring 4

 ENG 101

 ENG 102

 MATH

College level

EDFN 305

HEALTH 107/ 312

ELED 311

SCED 303 I&V

 SCED          305

 GenEd

 GenEd

CMTC 101/202

EDFN 306

Content Major

EDFN 307

MUS 393L

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

GenEd

GenEd

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

 

18 credits

18 credits

18 credits

18 credits

17 credits

18 credits

12 credits

12 credits

 

Fall 1

Spr 1

Fall 2

Spr 2

Fall 3

Spr 3

Fall 4

Spr 4

Fall 5

Spr 5

ENG 101

ENG 102

CMTC 101 /202

Gen  Ed

HLTH 107/ 312

EDFN 305

EDFN 307

ELED 311

SCED303 I&V

SCED          305

Gen Ed

MATH College level

Gen  Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

EDFN  306

 

 

 MUS 393L

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

 

Content Major

 

Content Major

Content Major

 

 

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

12   credits

15 credits

12 credits

12 credits

12 credits

12 credits

12 credits

Suggested Four- and Five-Year Course Schedule for Content Major:

Spanish

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Fall 3

Spring 3

Fall 4

Spring 4

 ENG 101

 ENG 102

 MATH

College level

 CMTC 101/202

EDFN 305

ELED 311

SCED 303

SCED          305

 GenEd

 GenEd

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

EDFN 306

 EDFN 307

 SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

LTCY 301

HEALTH 107/312

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

GenEd

GenEd

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

13 credits

9 credits

 

Fall 1

Spr 1

Fall 2

Spr 2

Fall 3

Spr 3

Fall 4

Spr 4

Fall 5

Spr 5

ENG 101

ENG 102

CMTC 101 /202

Gen  Ed

Gen Ed

EDFN 305

EDFN 307

ELED 311

SCED 303

SCED          305

Gen Ed

MATH College level

Gen  Ed

Gen  Ed

Gen Ed

EDFN  306

Con- tent Major

LTCY 301

SCED 304

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

HLTH 107/ 312

 

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen  Ed

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

Content Major

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 credits

12 credits

12 credits

12   credits

12  credits

12 credits

12 credits

12 credits

6 credits

9   credits

Licensing Requirements 

The Illinois State Board of Education requires all students enrolled in teacher certification programs to complete 100 hours of clinical experience in a recognized elementary or secondary school prior to student teaching. The professional education requirements are as follows:

Course Credits
EDFN-305 Philosophical and Historical Foundations .of Public Education 3
EDFN-306 Education and Individual Differences 3 (This course includes 20 clock hours of clinical experience in an appropriate school).
EDFN-307 Psychology of Instruction and Learning 3 (This course includes 20 clock hours of clinical experience in an appropriate school).
READ-301 Teaching Reading in Junior and Senior High School 3
SCED-301 Methods of Teaching on the Secondary Level 3
SCED-303 Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School 3
SCED-304 Clinical Experiences in the Secondary School 1 (This course requires 100 clock hours of clinical experience with a cooperating teacher in the appropriate subject at a local secondary school.)
SCED-305 Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar 9 (This course requires full-time experience with a cooperating teacher in the appropriate subject at a local secondary school.)
Total 28 credits

*Music majors must complete 4 credit hours of SCED-303 (SCED-303I and SCED-303V).

(SCED-303I and SCED-303V)

Note: No professional education course may be taken more than twice to achieve an acceptable grade.

All students must consult with both the Academic Major advisor and the Secondary Education advisor while progressing through the professional sequence coursework in pursuit of teacher certification.

Related Minors 

Your advisor can help you find a minor that will complement your academic major and professional education sequence. This will help you fulfill some of those electives you’ll need to graduate.

A few minors to consider are: 

  • Educational Studies
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Any content area where you may seek endorsement to teach middle-level grades: history, English, mathematics, biology (18 hours required)
  • Inner city careers

Other 

Teacher Licensure Program for Post-Baccalaureate Students

Thank you for your interest in the Teacher Licensure Program (TLP) here at Northeastern Illinois University! The program is designed for returning students who already have a B.A./B.S. degree in a field other than Education who wish to obtain a teaching certificate. Through TLP, you can earn one of the following Professional Educator Licenses:

Type Title
TYPE 03 Elementary Education (Grades (K-9)
TYPE 09 Secondary Education (Grades (6-12) BIOLOGY, ENGLISH, HISTORY, MATH
TYPE 10 Secondary Education (Grades (K-12) MUSIC (studio), P.E., SPANISH, FRENCH

In the program, you would need to complete the program requires successful completion of all Education courses (Educational foundations, Method Clinicals, and Student Teaching) plus any required courses in your subject area and General Education requirements in order to complete it and become certified to teach. In addition, you will also have to pass state exams (Test of Academic Proficiency [TAP] ) to earn the your teaching certificate, which comes from the Illinois State Board of Education. Please keep in mind it that TLP is a certification program, the successful completion of which will allow you to teach, but it is is not a degree program, but a licensure program.

To find out about admission requirements and deadlines for the TLP program, please contact the advisors:    

Elementary Education:
Contact Sean Condon at s-condon@neiu.edu or (773)- 442-5374.

Secondary/ K12 Education:
Contact Vanessa J. King at v-king@neiu.edu or (773)- 442-5387.