About the Department
The Teacher Education Program at UIS is a minor that leads to licensure at the elementary or secondary level when combined with an appropriate academic major, fulfillment of general education requirements, and fulfillment of campus requirements. Candidates seeking a bachelor’s degree and a minor in either elementary or secondary licensure should expect that their total program of study will exceed the minimum number of hours required for graduation. Elementary education candidates must major in an academic discipline, and secondary education candidates may major in one of several programs leading to licensure in the areas of English, mathematics, science, or social science. Initial Program Advisors can recommend appropriate majors. (See Curriculum for the Elementary Minor in Teacher Education or Curriculum for the Secondary minor in Teacher Education for further information.)
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher licensure
The program is also open to those who already hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States and wish to enter the field of teaching. To obtain elementary or secondary licensure, candidates must meet all TEP Entrance Requirements and fulfill the same sequence of courses that candidates seeking the minor in elementary or secondary education are required to complete. Candidates seeking licensure in secondary education will also have their transcripts reviewed by faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to determine if and what additional course work must be completed before a recommendation for licensure can be made. Assuming that all prerequisites are met, candidates can expect to spend a minimum of four semesters completing licensure requirements.
Teacher Education Online
The Teacher Education Program has an online component for those who wish to become certified teachers or add endorsements to their licenses but prefer the flexibility of online learning. As of July 1, 2010, the Department has online course work leading to licensure or endorsement in Secondary / Middle School Mathematics, English, Science (Biology and Chemistry), Social Science (History, Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology). Illinois certified teachers seeking an endorsement should obtain a deficiency letter prior to beginning course work. The course work and other requirements of this program are primarily the same as the on campus programs, but courses are taught almost completely online. Each course requires two semester visits to campus.
Subsequent Teaching Licensure
Teachers who have received their licensure through programs in the Department of Teacher Education at UIS may earn additional / subsequent licenses in Elementary Education or Secondary English, mathematics, social studies (designations in history, political science, or sociology / anthropology) or science (designations in biology or chemistry). Teachers interested in subsequent licenses should contact Heather Nielsen, Initial Adviser and licensure Officer.