Department : Secondary & Middle School Education (K-12 & 6-12)
Chairperson : Mary Grace Bator
Janet Halpin, College of Arts & Sciences Education Council, Liaison to College of
Affiliate faculty in College of Education and College of Arts & Sciences Teaching
Degrees Awarded through the College Of Arts & Sciences
B.A. Secondary Teaching Option
B.S. Secondary Teaching Option
B.S. in Music Education
Certifications Entitled through the College of Education
Type 9 (Secondary 6-12)
Type 10 (K-12)
K-12 Visual Arts – ART
Secondary Science (Biology) – BIO
Secondary Business Education – BE
Secondary Science (Chemistry) – CHEM
Secondary English – ENG
K-12 Foreign Language & Literature (Spanish) – FLL
Secondary Social Studies (Geography) – GEOG
Secondary Social Studies (History) – HIST
Secondary Mathematics – MATH
K-12 Music – MUS
K-12 Physical Education – PE
Secondary Science (Physics) – PHYS
Secondary Education – SECD
Secondary Technology Education – T&ED
The Secondary Education program leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Secondary
Education. The purpose of the program is to provide individuals with a bachelor’s
degree in an area other than education the opportunity to earn a master’s degree and
an initial teacher certificate. Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree
in Secondary Education qualifies students for either the (Type 09) State of Illinois
Initial High School (6-12) certificate in science, with a biology, chemistry, or physics
designation, business, English, social science (with a geography or history designation),
technology education, or mathematics; or Special K-12 certificate in visual arts,
music, physical education, physics or Spanish. The area of concentration is dependent
on the student’s undergraduate major. Certification requires successful completion
of the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills, Content Area, and Assessment of
Applicants intending to apply to the Master’s of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education
- submit proof of successful completion of Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills;
- provide transcript(s) as evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college
- demonstrate that the final 60 credit hours of undergraduate and/or graduate courses
demonstrate a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0;
- demonstrate completion of 18 credit hours of coursework beyond the introductory level
and at the 2000 level or above in an approved undergraduate major with a minimum G.P.A.
of 3.0 and a minimum grade of C.
- submit proof that undergraduate coursework meets a minimum grade of C threshold in
the following general education requirements:
- Three credit hours in each of composition II, speech, college level mathematics, biological
science, physical science (at least one science course must include a laboratory.
- Nine credit hours from at least two disciplines in the humanities– fine arts (art,
music, theater), foreign language, literature, philosophy.
- Nine credit hours in the following social sciences – U.S. history or American national
government; child and adolescent psychology; and one course from history, geography,
economics, political science, anthropology, psychology, or sociology.
- One course incorporating multicultural or global perspectives.
- Students are responsible for meeting the program and College requirements in effect
at the time they officially register in a program leading to advanced certification
at Chicago State University, regardless of when they were admitted to the university.
- Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance
by the department.
- Admission to the College of Education, which includes successful completion of the
Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills, is required prior to registration in
any professional education courses other than ED 5000; ED 5312; PSYC 5830; PE 2040;
& S ED 5301.
- Graduation requirements include a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 in all required
and elective courses, successful completion of written and oral examinations, successful
completion of a professional portfolio, proof of passing the Illinois Certification
Test and proof of passing the Illinois Certification Test of Assessment of Professional
Teaching (Special K-12).
A full academic schedule of courses for graduate students is nine semester credit
hours. Exceptions to this policy may be made only with the approval of the department.
- A minimum of one-half of the student’s coursework must be selected at the 5000-level.
- Completion of a master’s thesis, a project, or two additional graduate courses in
the concentration area.
- Completion of a major research paper focused on teaching in an urban setting (requirement
fulfilled in ED 5492).
- All master’s degree requirements must be completed within six years.
Note: Candidates must abide by all College policies stated in this catalog, unless exceptions
or adherence to higher expectations are noted in program documentation
The master’s degree requires 37 - 49 semester hours toward the master’s degree and
up to 9 semester hours not satisfying the master’s degree requirements which may be
undergraduate or graduate credit; minimum grade of B required in transfer courses.
6-12 Certification—Master’s Thesis or Project Option / 46 credit hours
ED 5213, ED 5400*, ED 5490*; ED 5500*, ELCF 5530; S ED 5301, S ED 5303; PSYC 5830;
READ 5240*; ED 5450*, ED 5470*, ED 5999 and 6 hours of directed electives in content
6-12 Certification—Two-Course Option / 49 credit hours
ED 5312; ED 5400*, ED 5500; ELCF 5530; S ED 5301, S ED 5303; PSYC 5830; READ 5240*;
ED 5450*, ED 5470*, ED 5490*; and 12 credit hours of directed electives in content
Coursework equivalent to: 1) S ED 5301; 2) S ED 5303, and ED 5312; or passing score
on the APT.
ELCF 5530, 5500; READ 5240; ED 5440; PSYC 5210; ED 5450 or their equivalents at graduate
or undergraduate level.
A minimum of 100 required field hours in courses.
Requirements for Master’s Degree
ED 5490*, ED 5999 or 6 hours electives, (at least 3 of the 6 elective hours at the
K-12 Certification Master’s Thesis or Project Option / 46 credit hours
ED 5312; ED 5400*; ED 5500*; ED 5000; ELCF 5530; PE 5160 (for PE majors); S ED 5301;
S ED 5303*; PSYC 5830; READ 5240*; ED 5450*; ED 5510*; ED 5750*; ED 5490*; ED 5999
and 3 credit hours of directed electives in content area.
K-12 Certification – Master’s Research Paper and Two-Course Option / 49 credit hours
ED 5312; ED 5400*; ED 5500*; ED 5400; ELCF 5530 or PE 5160; S ED 5301; S ED 5303*;
PSYC 5830; READ 5340*; ED 5450*; ED 5510*; ED 5750*; ED 5490*; and 9 credit hours
of directed electives in content area.
Proof of a passing score on the Illinois Certification Content Area Test. In addition,
all candidates must pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) certification
test before completing the program. All candidates must successfully complete the
thesis of research paper prior to program completion.
Program information and course descriptions for specific content designation areas
are listed in the College of Arts & Science or College of Education program sections
of this catalog. The referenced Education course descriptions are in the College of
Education section of this catalog.