Undergraduate Course Catalog 2006-2007

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PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING CERTIFICATE (6-12)/BACHELOR OF ARTS

Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 36

The Department of Psychology features a fully approved Psychology program that prepares candidates to teach grades 6-12 in Illinois public and private schools. The program is approved by the State Teacher Certification Board, in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education, and includes all the requirements for a major in Psychology.  Psychology majors in this specialization must declare a minor in Secondary Education.  See advisors in the Department of Psychology and College of Education for specific approval and a list of required courses.

Teacher Candidates seeking a Type 09 Teaching Certificate in Social Science with a designation in Psychology must complete the following coursework in the content area as well as professional education courses.  For a detailed description of the courses please click on the appropriate link.



I. Core Courses in Psychology Major for Teaching Certification (36)
A. General Requirements (30)
26-100 General Psychology (3)
26-212 Adolescence and Youth (3)
26-220 Theories of Personality and Development (3)
26-290 Psychobiology (3)
26-303 Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)
26-310 Psychological Testing and Evaluation (3)
26-320 Abnormal Psychology (3)
26-360 Social Psychology (3)
26-405 Methods of Research (3)
26-411 Learning Theory and Application (3)
OR
26-412 Theories of Cognition (3)
B. Select two additional courses in Psychology. (6)
C. The advanced writing general education requirement is satisfied by successful completion of Methods of Research (26-405).

II. Required Social Science Courses (16)
04-195 The American Economy (3)
04-200 Basic Macroeconomics (3)
or 
09-101 Culture and Civilization I (3)
09-102 Culture and Civilization II (3)
18-200 American National Government (3)
09-397 Cultural Geography (1)
Any U.S. History Course (3)

III. Students must consult with their College of Education advisor for additional courses in the teaching minor in the social sciences (approximately 9 credit hours).

IV. Required Professional Education Courses (34)
53-322 Characteristics and the Development of the Adolescent Learner (3)
55-357 Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities (3)
53-312 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Adolescents (3)
53-200 Secondary Clinical Experience I (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
53-304 Technology for Teaching and Learning (2)
53-394 Pedagogy and Assessment for Effective 6-12 Instruction (3)
53-300 Secondary Clinical Experience II (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
53-321 Special Methods: Teaching Social Science in Grades 6-12 (3)
53-329 Approaches and Practices for the Multicultural Classroom (3)
53-360 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
53-481 Secondary Student Teaching (9)

V. Please see Secondary Education/Minor and Secondary Education in Social Science with Psychology Designation.