Secondary Education, B.A.

Degree + Professional Educator License

Influence the lives of young students in the subject you are passionate about.










The Secondary Education program at Lewis University prepares candidates to effectively teach high school students in the Illinois public and private schools. Students in the program declare two majors while preparing to become a high school teacher – one major in Secondary Education, and one major in the academic subject they plan to teach. Content areas include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • English/Language Arts
  • Psychology
  • History

Prior to the final semester of clinical practice, Secondary Education majors also complete a minimum of 100 hours of field work, earning experience in a wide variety of teaching environments in both public and private school districts. Upon graduation, students will have experience with diverse learners and will be prepared for today’s changing classrooms.

The Secondary Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Scholarship Options

  • Mines-Quinlan Annual Scholarship
  • TEACH Grant
Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses:

  • Foundations of Teaching Bilingual and English Language Learners
  • Integrating Educational and Assistive Technology into the Classroom
  • Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Adolescents
  • Pedagogy and Assessment for Effective Instruction
  • Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities

On Campus Opportunities

  • Teachers of Tomorrow
  • Best Buddies
  • Secondary and Middle Integrated Learning for Educators (SMILE)

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an introductory level methods course
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 (to enroll in the introductory methods course and continue in the program)
  • A 2.75 GPA within the academic major (a minimum “C” grade is required in all education courses toward licensure)
NOTE: Passing the Basic Skills Test is required by the state of Illinois before the student teaching semester. While this is not a requirement for admission to any of our programs, we strongly recommend that students seeking a Professional Educator License complete this requirement as quickly as possible. Students are considered to be a provisional candidate for the education program until the Basic Skills requirement is met. The tests that meet the Basic Skills requirement are the following:
  • Test of Academic Proficiency
  • Score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus a minimum score of 6 on the Writing Exam
  • Score of 1110 or higher on the SAT (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on the writing and language

Please refer to the Office of Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.


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For more information contact the Office of Admission at or call (815)836-5250.