I. At Lewis University, secondary certification candidates major in the academic content area (Biology, Chemistry, English/Language Arts, History, Mathematics, Psychology or Physics).
Note: See the section in the catalog which describes the advanced writing component for the specific major.
II. Professional Education: For Secondary (6-12) Certification (34)
54-357 Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities (3)
53-322 Characteristics and the Development of the Adolescent Learner (3)
53-200 Secondary Clinical Experience I (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
53-300 Secondary Clinical Experience II (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
53-304 Technology for Teaching and Learning (2)
53-312 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Adolescents (3)
53-329 Approaches and Practices for the Multicultural Classroom (3)
53-360 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
53-394 Pedagogy and Assessment for Effective 6-12 Instruction (3)
53-481 Secondary Student Teaching (9)
Secondary Education Minors will register in the appropriate Special Methods course for their major. See Education Advisor for more information.
III. Recommended Electives for Secondary Certification
53-331 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Areas, Grades 4-12 (3)
55-321 Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle School (3)
54-363 Consultation and Collaboration for Educators (3)
"Candidate" refers to individuals admitted to Lewis University's College of Education. "Student" refers to children and adolescents in P-12 schools.
Also recommended: workshops in problem-based learning, reading in the content area, teaching multicultural populations, gifted students, and at risk students.
IV. All candidates must successfully pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test before they will be allowed to take education courses. A 2.75 GPA is required for all education courses. Clinical courses include Secondary Clinical Experience I (53-200) (50 hours) and Secondary Clinical Experience II (53-300) (50 hours). Candidates complete 100 clock hours of field experience as part of the coursework in the secondary program. Assignment to the clinical sites is arranged by the College of Education. Experiences are designed to provide the teacher candidate with diverse experiences. Teacher candidates must complete at least one clinical in a culturally diverse setting. Most secondary teacher candidates are expected to have one clinical in a 6-9 classroom and one in a 9-12 classroom. 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.
To obtain a middle school endorsement, candidates must take 53-322 Characteristics and the Development of the Adolescent Learner and 55-321 Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle School.
A complete listing of general Education requirements is located in the General Education Information Section (PDF Format).
V. STUDENT TEACHING
Application for admission to student teaching must be filed by September 15 of the year prior to the planned student teacher experience. Procedures and requirements for admission to student teaching are published in the Guide for Initial Teacher Certification Program Candidates. This publication is available in the College of Education office. Evidence of successful completion of the appropriate State of Illinois content area test(s) must be received in the College of Education at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the student teaching semester in order to be allowed to student teach. Candidates 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. The Assessment of Professional Teaching Test must be successfully completed before entitlement for certification will be sent to the state.