Note: Beginning in Fall of 2018, entering Freshmen will not have the option of applying for the undergraduate Secondary Education licensure program in the disciplines of English, History, Math, and Biology. Teacher preparation in these disciplines will be moved exclusively to the Secondary Education MAT/TLP Program. Students who transfer into the university with Sophomore standing will be allowed to apply to the undergraduate program in these disciplines through Spring of 2019, and students who transfer into the university with Junior standing will be allowed to apply to the undergraduate program in these disciplines through Spring of 2020. All undergraduate SCED English, History, Math, and Biology candidates must successfully complete their student teaching internship during or before the Spring, 2021, semester. The K-12 licensure program in the disciplines listed below will remain in place.
Policy On Transfer Of Professional Education Courses Into Teacher Licensure Programs
Students who are admitted to an undergraduate program in secondary education or to the TLP Program (licensure only) will be credited with a maximum of 9 credit hours of professional education coursework provided that:
The specific transfer coursework is deemed to be equivalent in scope and credit hours to the required coursework in the respective NEIU secondary education program as stated in the current NEIU Catalog.
The specific transfer coursework has been completed within five years of the time of acceptance into the undergraduate NEIU Goodwin College of Education or TLP Program. (ex. If a student is admitted in 2016, no coursework prior to 2011 can be accepted.)
The specific transfer coursework was credited with a “B” grade or better.
Policy on “Field Experience Only” Requests
All students who seek to enroll in clinical experiences or student teaching in any approved secondary education program are required to be admitted to an undergraduate program, a second BA program, the Teacher Licensure Program (TLP) or MAT program. No student with a “student-at-large” status will be admitted to clinical or student teaching experience.
No student will be permitted to take clinical experience/ student teaching at NEIU unless they have gone through one of our programs.
In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Administrative Code Section 25, Northeastern Illinois University offers a Focus Program for teachers who hold current licensure.
The Focus Program allows licensed teachers to obtain additional subsequent endorsements in the area of Secondary Education (9-12) in English, History, Biology, Math, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Earth Science.
Candidates who complete a full or focused subsequent endorsement program will be recommended for the endorsement by entitlement. For further information, please contact The Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies at 773-442-5586 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate and TLP Programs in 9-12/K-12/PK-12
The professional education sequences through completion of entitlement in one of the following grades 9-12, K-12 or PK-12 licensure programs:
- SCIENCE: BIOLOGY
- ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
- SCIENCE: CHEMISTRY
- SCIENCE: PHYSICS
- SOCIAL SCIENCE: HISTORY
- VISUAL ARTS
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH
Please note that the 9-12 or K-12 or PK-12 Education Sequence alone does not constitute a major at Northeastern. Students seeking 9-12 or K-12 or PK-12 teacher licensure or endorsement declare a major in an academic subject area. The 9-12/K-12/PK-12 education program qualifies as “an area of study in addition to the major” and fulfills graduation requirements.
Each licensure or endorsement program involves three types of requirements:
requirements for an academic major;
specific general education requirements; and
professional secondary or K-12 or PK-12 education requirements.
Upon completion of these requirements, students are expected to demonstrate:
a depth of knowledge in their chosen academic discipline;
a knowledge of the principles of human growth and development and of learning;
a knowledge of students with varying racial/ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
a knowledge of the wide range of abilities and special needs of students; and
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.
Requirements for an Academic Major
Students seeking the Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed for specific areas at grades 9-12 or K-12 or PK-12 must fulfill all requirements for their academic major. For specific information about major requirements, please refer to the catalog entry for the content area. If you are interested in adding a middle school endorsement, consult with your advisor for further information.
To be licensed in some academic areas, students are required to make prescribed choices among given electives in the academic major and/or they are required to complete additional courses in their academic area. These prescribed choices and/or additional required courses are specified below for each academic major.
Student may register for EDFN-305, EDFN-306 and LTCY-301, although it is strongly recommended that the latter be taken concurrently with SCED-301 or SCED-311. Pre-majors waiting to begin Level I should complete coursework needed to satisfy NEIU general education requirements to register for coursework within their major area of concentration. See Goodwin COE section for requirements to declare major and admission to Goodwin COE.
The Major in Art for the Bachelor of Arts Degree meets the requirements for K-12 teacher licensure. To fulfill requirements for licensure, students must select the emphasis in Studio Art. Art majors take SCED-311 instead of SCED-301.
The Major in Biology for the Bachelor of Science Degree meets the requirements for 9-12 teacher licensure with the following stipulations. Students seeking licensure to teach biology in secondary schools are required to complete 8 semester hours in botany, including 5 semester hours in laboratory work, and 8 semester hours in zoology, including 5 semester hours in laboratory work. Students seeking licensure to teach biology in secondary schools may elect to complete the optional Environmental Emphasis if they complete the above specified requirements in botany, zoology, and laboratory work.
The Major in English (Secondary Education) for the Bachelor of Arts Degree meets the requirements for 9-12 teacher licensure.
The Major in History for the Bachelor of Arts Degree meets the requirements for 9-12 teacher licensure with the following stipulations. Students seeking licensure to teach United States History in secondary schools are required to complete 8 semester hours in United States History. Students seeking Secondary Education-History licensure must take three semester hours in Economics as part of their Goodwin College of Education General Education coursework.
The Major in Mathematics for the Bachelor of Arts Degree meets the requirements for secondary teacher licensure 9-12.
The Major in Music for the Bachelor of Music Degree including both Emphasis IIa: Secondary Education: Vocal Music and Emphasis IIb: Secondary Education: Instrumental Music meet the requirements for K-12 teacher licensure. See Music Department, College of Arts and Sciences. Music majors take SCED-311 instead of SCED-301.
Physical Education and Health
Students seeking licensure to teach Physical Education or Health should refer to the Department of Health, Science & Physical Education section of this catalog.
Admission and Retention Requirements
Consult with advisor for Program Requirements
- Completed admission to the Goodwin College of Education (including passing score on the Illinois Licensure Testing System’s Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ACT or SAT with Writing)
- Completion of EDFN-305 and EDFN-306 with a ‘C’ or better
- Completion of a minimum 21 semester credit hours in major
- Declaration of Academic Major and secondary education major/area
- Overall grade point of 2.75 or better.
Requirements for admission to courses in the SCED 303 series and SCED 304 series (or MUS-393L):
Concurrent registration in EDFN-307 if not taken in Level I
Completion of or registration in LTCY-301
Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better
Completion of required number of semester hours in major (varies with major). No more than 9 semester credit hours remaining in the major
Completion of all application requirements for clinical and student teaching experiences, as specified by the Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching (CEST) Office
Requirements for admission into the SCED 305 series Student Teaching:
Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better
Overall grade point of 2.75 or better in professional education sequence courses
Completion of required number of credit hours in major (varies with major). No more than six semester hours remaining in the major
Completion of all application requirements as specified by the CEST Office
Completion of EDFN-307 with a ‘C’ or better
Completion of the appropriate course in the SCED 303 series specific to discipline (with a ‘C’ or better), and the appropriate clinical course in the SCED 304 series with a ‘B’ or better or MUS-393L
Passing score on the appropriate ILTS Content Area Test
Required for Program Completion and State Entitlement:
Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours
Completion of required courses for state licensure
Completion of NEIU General Education Requirements
Completion of academic major with no grades less than ‘C’
Completion of all requirements in level I-III
Completion of the appropriate Student Teaching course in the SCED 305 series with a ‘B’ or better
Passing score on the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) for program completion/entitlement.
Overall grade point of 2.75 or better.
If a candidate does not meet the requirements outlined in Level 4, he/she may choose to seek degree completion through the discipline in the College of Arts and Sciences provided he/she meets the degree requirements of the individual discipline.
Additional Requirements for Licensure
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 BA candidates should consult their advisors concerning general education requirements.
Requirements which are a part of Northeastern’s 33-hour general education program and are on the Limited List:
|COE General Education requirements|
|Fine Arts & Humanities||15|
English - 3 credit hours
To be selected - 12 credit hours
|Behavioral and Social Science||9|
|United States History 1607-1877|
|United States History 1877-Present|
|American National Government|
|Non-Western or Third-World Cultures course - Select one of the following:|
|World History: East Asia|
|World History: Latin America|
|World History: Islam|
|Introduction To Cultural Anthropology|
|Biological & Physical Sciences 1||12|
General Education Requirements which are not on the Limited List:
|Other General Education requirements|
and Writing II 1
|Public Speaking 1|
|Voice and Diction|
|HLED-107||Health For Effective Living (or approved Physical Education Activity Course)||3|
must receive a grade of “C” or higher
Professional Education Requirements
NEIU's Secondary 9-12/K-12/PK-12 Program requires all students enrolled in teacher licensure programs to complete 100 hours of clinical experience in a recognized secondary school prior to student teaching. The professional education requirements are as follows:
|EDFN-305||Philosophical And Historical Foundations Of Public Education||3|
|EDFN-306||Education And Individual Differences 1||3|
|EDFN-307||Psychology Of Instruction And Learning 1||3|
|LTCY-301||Teaching Literacy In Junior & Senior High Schools||3|
|SCED-301||Writing Intensive Program:Methods Of Teaching On The Secondary Level||3|
|or SCED-311||Writing Intensive Program: School Curriculum|
|SCED-303A||Contemporary Art Education In The Secondary School 2||3|
|or SCED-303F||Teaching Modern Foreign Languages In The Secondary School|
|or SCED-303E||Methods Of Teaching English In The Secondary School|
|or SCED-303H||Methods Of Teaching History In The Secondary School|
|or SCED-303I||Methods And Techniques Of Teaching Music In Secondary School:Instrumental|
|or SCED-303M||Methods Of Teaching Mathematics In The Secondary School|
|or SCED-303R||Materials And Methods For Teaching High School Science|
|or SCED-303V||Methods And Techniques Of Teaching Music In Secondary Schools:Vocal|
|SCED-304A||Clinical Experiences In The Secondary School:Art 3||1|
|or SCED-304E||Clinical Experiences In The Secondary School:English|
|or SCED-304F||Clinical Experiences In The Secondary School:French|
|or SCED-304H||Clinical Experiences In The Secondary School:History|
|or SCED-304J||Foreign Language Clinical Experience In The Secondary School|
|or SCED-304M||Clinical Experiences In The Secondary School:Mathematics|
|or SCED-304B||Clinical Experiences In The Secondary School:Biology|
|or MUS-393L||Clinical Field Experience|
|SCED-305A||Secondary Student Teaching And Seminar In Art 4||9|
|or SCED-305E||Secondary Student Teaching And Seminar In English|
|or SCED-305F||Secondary Student Teaching And Seminar In French|
|or SCED-305H||Secondary Student Teaching And Seminar In History|
|or SCED-305J||Secondary Student Teaching And Seminar In Spanish|
|or SCED-305K||Secondary Student Teaching And Seminar - Health Education|
|or SCED-305M||Secondary Student Teaching And Seminar In Mathematics|
|or SCED-305N||Secondary Student Teaching And Seminar In Music|
|or SCED-305P||Secondary Student Teaching And Seminar In Physical Education|
This course includes ten clock hours of observation and ten clock hours of service experience in an appropriate setting.
Courses in the SCED 303 series must be taken concurrently with the appropriate clinical experience in the SCED 304 series. Music majors must complete 4 credit hours in the SCED 303 series. (SCED-303I and SCED-303V)
This course requires 100 clock hours of clinical experience with a cooperating teacher in the appropriate subject at a local secondary school. It must be taken concurrently with the appropriate course in the SCED 303 series. (See Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching section for application procedures)
This course requires full-time experience with a cooperating teacher in the appropriate subject at a local secondary school. (See Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching section for application procedures)
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 Major advisor while progressing through the professional sequence coursework, in pursuit of teacher licensure.