Secondary Education

Department : Secondary & Middle School Education (K-12 & 6-12)

Chairperson : Mary Grace Bator

Faculty :
Janet Halpin, College of Arts & Sciences Education Council, Liaison to College of Education
Affiliate faculty in College of Education and College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Option Programs

Degree(s)/Certification(s):

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)

Content Designations:
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 Professional Teaching.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending to apply to the Master’s of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education program must:

  1. submit proof of successful completion of Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills;
  2. provide transcript(s) as evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  3. demonstrate that the final 60 credit hours of undergraduate and/or graduate courses demonstrate a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0;
  4. 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.
  5. submit proof that undergraduate coursework meets a minimum grade of C threshold in the following general education requirements:
    1. 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.
    2. Nine credit hours from at least two disciplines in the humanities– fine arts (art, music, theater), foreign language, literature, philosophy.
    3. 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.
    4. One course incorporating multicultural or global perspectives.

General Requirements

  • 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

Specific Requirements

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 area.

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 area.

Subsequent Certificate for Certified Teachers (6-12) / 17-20 credit hours

Prerequisites

Coursework equivalent to: 1) S ED 5301; 2) S ED 5303, and ED 5312; or passing score on the APT.

Required Courses

ELCF 5530, 5500; READ 5240; ED 5440; PSYC 5210; ED 5450 or their equivalents at graduate or undergraduate level.

Clinical Experiences

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 5000 level).

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.

Additional Requirements

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.

Secondary Education (SECD) Course Offerings

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.