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The Secondary Education program at Lewis University prepares candidates to effectively teach high school students (grades 9-12) 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 (grades 9-12), 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 fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

IEPP Commendable History IEPP Exemplary Psychology IEPP Exemplary Physics IEPP Exemplary Chemistry IEPP Exemplary Biology IEPP Exemplary English Language arts IEPP Exemplary Mathematics

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


  • Educators Rising
  • Best Buddies Illinois
  • Catholic and Lasallian Educators Program
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

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)

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


Secondary STEM Teacher Licensure 4+1 Option

Undergraduate students in the STEM majors - Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics - may earn a bachelor's in the content major and a master's in secondary education in less time than it would take to complete both degrees separately.


Related Programs

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

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