Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2004 - 2005
Minor in Elementary Education and Minor
in Secondary Education
Faculty Gary Butler, Allan F. Cook, Taiebeh Hossenali, Loretta
F. Meeks, Larry D. Stonecipher, Gary A. Storm, Theresa Sullivan-Stewart,
Contact: (217) 206-6682
email@example.com or www.uis.edu/teachereducation/
The teacher education minors provide course work that leads to
initial Illinois certification at the elementary or secondary
level when combined with an appropriate academic major and
fulfillment of general education and campus requirements.
a bachelor's degree and either initial elementary or secondary
certification should expect that their total program of study
exceed the minimum number of hours required for graduation.
Elementary education candidates must major in an academic
discipline. Candidates should work closely with their TEP
adviser to determine
an appropriate discipline.
Secondary education candidates may major in one of several
programs leading to certification in the areas of English,
science, mathematics, or social studies.
The teacher education program has prepared a student
handbook and a handbook for student teachers. Both
Candidates are expected to consult these sources in
addition to this catalog statement.
Candidates seeking initial certification in either
elementary or secondary education may make formal
the teacher education program at any time. Applications
will be considered three times a year -- October
15, March 15, and
15. To have his/her application considered, a student
must meet with a TEP representative, be admitted
to UIS, and
have an overall
GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for all college work.
The student must have passed the basic skills part
Exam, completed the formal application form (which
can be found online at
transcripts from all schools attended prior to applying
the teacher education
program. To be fully admitted to the program, candidates
must have completed or be enrolled in, 1) PSY 401
or other course
educational psychology, 2) PSY 422 or other course
work in child development (elementary) or PSY 423
course work in adolescent
psychology (secondary), and 3) TEP 301, an introduction
education class, or the equivalent. As a fourth prerequisite,
are required to have a course in service learning
or documentation of at least 30 hours of work with school-age
an educational setting.
Once admitted to the program, a student must maintain
a grade-point average of 3.00 in teacher education
course work, a grade-point
average of 2.75 in his/her disciplinary concentration
or area of specialization (secondary), and a grade-point
average of 2.50 overall. He or she must also successfully
the practicum experiences required in the minors.
Student progress is evaluated throughout the teacher
who do not meet these standards may be removed
from the program.
All candidates applying to the teacher education
program and candidates applying to student teach
will be required
a criminal background
investigation. The TEP program will do these
checks; a fee will be assessed for each investigation.
materials for this requirement will be provided
at the time of application.
Methods courses required in the elementary and
secondary minors require clinical field experiences.
the elementary methods courses has 30 hours
of required field
and each of
the secondary methods courses has 40 hours
of required field experience. All candidates will
at least 120 hours
of field experience
prior to student teaching. Candidates are assigned
to area schools by the teacher education program.
will occur in a school that is considered diverse
in ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender,
religion, sexual orientation, and/or geographical
Student teaching, which occurs during the final
semester, is a 16-week professional experience
in a public
or private school
Candidates apply to student teach the semester
prior to the actual experience. To be placed
have passed the content area exam for their
certification area, have an overall GPA of
2.50, a GPA of 2.75
in their major (area
of specialization), and a GPA of 3.00 in
coursework for the TEP minor. Student teaching placements
are made to
districts in the central Illinois area, and
are supervised by university
supervisors and local cooperating teachers.
To be fully certified, candidates must also
Board of Education's
Assessment of Professional Teaching test.
The program recommends
that candidates take this exam prior to the
completion of student teaching.
General Education Requirements for All Candidates
Pursuant to the State of Illinois Professional
Teaching Standards, candidates in teacher
education are expected
to possess general
education knowledge. General education
is defined as "theoretical and practical understanding
generally expected of a liberally
educated person. General education includes
developing knowledge related
to the arts, communications, history, literature,
philosophy, sciences, and the social studies,
from multicultural and global perspectives."
the program expects
candidates to have completed experiences
to health and wellness.
As part of the application process to the
teacher education program, candidates are
to complete the General
form. Information on this form is reviewed
at the candidate's entrance
interview and upon application to student
teaching. The candidate, the Entrance Interview
and the candidate's
collaboratively create a plan for addressing
any areas in which the candidate is
deficient. The candidate must meet all
general education standards prior to application
for student teaching.
Prerequisite for Admission
To be admitted to the minor, candidates
must first take and pass the basic skills
of the Illinois
Teacher Certification exam. Materials
for this test may be obtained
through the TEP
office. Candidates must also pass a criminal
regarding this requirement is also available
through the teacher education office.
In addition, the
prerequisites must be met.
1. PSY 401 or other course work in educational
2. PSY 422 or other course work in
human development (for elementary candidates)
PSY 423 or other course work in adolescent
psychology (for secondary candidates).
3. TEP 301, an introduction to education
class, or equivalent life experiences.
4. A course in service learning or
documentation of at least 30 hours
of work with school-age
children in an
approved educational setting.
Minor in Elementary Education
Candidates interested in obtaining
a minor in elementary education must
in a baccalaureate
program at UIS.
To receive the initial elementary
certificate in the state of Illinois,
must complete the minor requirements,
degree requirements, and be recommended
by the program.
TEP 305 Technology for Teaching 3
TEP 307 History and Philosophy
of Education 3 Hrs.
TEP 322 Teaching, Learning, and
Assessment 3 Hrs.
PSY 424 Exceptional Child 4 Hrs.
TEP 423 Basic Reading and Language
Arts Methods 3 Hrs.
TEP 424 Methods of Teaching Elementary
Math 3 Hrs.
TEP 425 Methods of Teaching Elementary
and Humanities 3 Hrs.
TEP 426 Methods of Teaching Elementary
Science 3 Hrs.
TEP 448 Student Teaching Seminar
Grades K-9 3 Hrs.
TEP 450 Student Teaching Grades
K-9 9 Hrs.
Total for minor 37 Hrs.
The ISBE middle school endorsement
requirement went into effect
on July 1, 1997. Any
teacher hired after
date to teach
in a departmentalized school
containing grades 5, 6, 7, and/or 8
must have completed course work
covering middle school curriculum,
and organization of middle schools,
and the psychology of adolescence.
also take TEP
401 Middle School
Practices and have a major in
an endorsable middle school subject,
math, English, science, or history.
Additional endorsements are possible,
must have a minimum
of nine upper-division credits
(300- and 400-level courses)
Minor in Secondary
The University of Illinois
at Springfield is entitled
teachers in four
biological science, and mathematics.
The secondary education minor
thus provides opportunities
education courses in a program
leading to secondary certification.
Candidates interested in a
secondary certificate must
in a baccalaureate degree
program at UIS.
secondary certificate in
the state of Illinois, candidates
recommended for certification
by the program.
TEP 305 Technology for Teaching
TEP 307 History and Philosophy
of Education 3 Hrs.
PSY 424 Exceptional Child
TEP 314 Curriculum and
Instruction 3 Hrs.
TEP 401 Middle School Concepts
and Practices 3 Hrs.
TEP 419 Content Area Literacy
Content Methods (choose
TEP 435 English Methods
TEP 436 Mathematics Methods
TEP 437 Science Methods
TEP 438 Social Studies
Methods Grades 6-12 3 Hrs.
Approved elective 2-3 Hrs.
TEP 449 Student Teaching
Seminar Grades 6-12 3 Hrs.
TEP 451 Student Teaching
Grades 6-12 9 Hrs.
Total for minor 36-37
Candidates who possess
a bachelor's degree in
are welcome in
the teacher education
To obtain elementary
or secondary certification,
candidates must meet all program requirements
for entrance and fulfill
the same sequence
in elementary or secondary
education are required to complete.
In addition, candidates
in secondary education
by faculty in the College
Arts and Sciences to
and what additional course
work must be completed before a recommendation
for certification can
be made. Assuming
that all prerequisites
are met, candidates
can expect to spend a
minimum of four semesters
should contact the program
program adviser, or
the program website for
The teacher education
the State Teacher Certification
K-9 certification or
the completion of several
criteria. Candidates must meet a
set of general
education requirements set by the
program, complete and pass
of basic skills,
subject matter knowledge
and assessment of professional teaching
administered by the
state certification system,
any additional requirements
outlined by the State
Teacher Certification Board, which
has sole authority
for awarding or denying teacher
Project Minority Student
Support for Teaching
Project MSS is a
teachers for the
and Decatur school
systems. Students make application
May 1 of
each year and are approved by the
MSS director and the TEP convener.
phase of the
program must make
a serious commitment
to teaching and pledge to teach
in either Springfield
or Decatur. All program
of TEP. To
standing in Project MSS and to
for a tuition waiver and semester
must enroll in a
hours per semester, maintain
a 2.75 overall grade-point average,
maintain a 3.00 grade-point
have a minimum of 10 hours per
semester of community
service, submit semester status
reports, and abide
by all policies
of Project MSS.
Students failing to maintain any
one of these requirements
will be given one
of probationary admission. Interested
students should contact
the Project MSS director.
Title II Report Card
UIS teacher education
the Illinois Test
for certification recorded
100 percent pass
the 1999-00, 2000-01, and 2001-02