I. At Lewis University, secondary certification candidates major in the academic content area. Refer to the specific section of the catalog for major course requirements and departmental standards.
Note 1: Some secondary certification programs (chemistry, physics, history, psychology) require a second teaching field.
Note 2: See the section in the catalog which describes the advanced writing component for the specific major.
II. Professional Education: For Secondary (6-12) Certification (29)
54-206 Learning Theories and Individual Development (4)
53-312 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Adolescents (3)
*53-304 Technology for Teaching and Learning (2)
53-329 Approaches and Practices for the Multicultural Classroom (3)
53-360 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
53-392 Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experiences, Secondary (3)
53-481 Secondary Student Teaching (9)
III. Recommended Electives for Secondary Certification
53-331 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (4-12) (required for English majors who are Secondary Education minors) (3)
05-341 The Middle School Model (3)
54-363 Consultation and Collaboration for Educators (3)
Also recommended: Workshops that focus on teaching and learning.
Workshops in problem-based learning, reading in the content area, teaching multicultural populations, gifted students, and at risk students.
IV. Students complete 100 clock hours of field experience as part of the coursework in the secondary program. All students must successfully pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test before they will be allowed to take education methods courses. Clinical courses include Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Adolescents (53-312) (50 hours) and Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experiences, Secondary (53-392) (50 hours). A 2.75 GPA is required for all methods and clinical courses. Assignment to the clinical sites is arranged by the College of Education. Experiences are designed to include public and private school assignments, including middle school, junior high and senior high levels. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the sites. Clinical hours completed at other institutions will be evaluated by the Department Chair to determine whether or not the hours can be transferred. A maximum of 30 hours will be accepted as transfer clinical hours.
A complete listing of general Education requirements is located in the General Education Information Brochure (PDF Format).
V. STUDENT TEACHING
All students must successfully complete the appropriate State of Illinois Test in their content area before they will be allowed to student teach. Application for admission to Student Teaching must be filed by December 1, each year. Procedures and requirements for admission to student teaching are published in the Student Guide for Initial Teacher Certification Programs. This publication is available in the College of Education office. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation while student teaching. Only one additional course may be taken concurrently with student teaching. Official documentation of a negative TB test must be filed prior to student teaching.