Completion of all program requirements, including passing state tests, “highly qualifies” you to teach history at all levels in grades 9-12, including honors and AP courses and lower level courses across the social sciences (economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology and anthropology). This is why all history candidates, regardless of major, are required to complete additional coursework and demonstrate competence in the core social science standardsTo qualify for teaching honors and AP courses in one of the additional social science areas noted above, plan on obtaining an additional content specific endorsement.

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) Handbook provides detailed information about the TEP program, admission requirements, field requirements, and state and university licensure requirements.

Course Requirements

 

Secondary Education Major/Professional Education (10 units) 

Take the courses below in the sequence listed. Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions on concurrent enrollment. The professional education courses listed below are used to compute your professional education grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.

 

First year,

Sp

Educ 225

Education and Social Justice (SI)

(or fall semester sophomore year)

20-25 hours field experience

Sophomore year

 

F

Educ 255

Child Study and Assessment (WI)

20-25 hours field experience

Sp

Educ 257

 The Exceptional Child  (U) (or fall junior year)  

Junior Year*

 

 

F

Educ 257

The Exceptional Child (U)

 

Sp

Educ 361

Curriculum and Pedagogy in Social Science

40-45 hours field experience

M

Educ 365

Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas

15-20 hours field experience
(continues spring placement)

Senior year*

 

F

 

Educ 490

Educ 492

Student Teaching Seminar

Student Teaching: Secondary Social Science

15 week full time immersion in the field (continues May placement)

Sp

Educ 498

Educational Inquiry (WI)

 

*If planning to travel abroad, do so prior to spring term of junior year, and plan enrollment in 225, 255, and 257 accordingly. Ninth semester graduates delay required 300 level professional education coursework to the senior year, and take Educ 498 prior to student teaching spring semester senior year.

History Major Requirements (11 units)

The requirements listed below reflect the most recent information from the history department. You are advised to consult the IWU catalog and your major advisor regarding current requirements for your graduating class. The required History courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.

 

One course in each of three geographical areas:
1. U.S.
2. Europe
3. Asia or Latin America

 

One course in pre-1800 history.

 

Hist 290

Theory and Writing of History

Hist 490

Senior Seminar

History Electives (6)

Consult with your advisors regarding ISBE core content knowledge requirements; select electives accordingly.

At least four upper level courses are required for the major.

  ISBE Core Social Science standards require additional courses , specifically:

Econ 100

Introduction to Economics (CSI)

Psych 100

General Psychology (LSI)

Psci 101

American National Government (CSI)

Coursework in sociology and anthropology is highly recommended.

 

IWU General Education

The IWU general education category requirements listed below are met with required major or licensure courses.

Contemporary Social Institutions  (CSI)
Educ 225 (required)
Analysis of Values  (AV)
PHIL 214, Philosophy of Education  (recommended)
Cultural and Historical Change (CHC)
History Major courses
Formal Reasoning  (FR)
PHIL 102 or MATH 110 (recommended but not required)
Life Science Issues  (LSI)
Psych 100 (required for licensure)
U.S. Diversity flag (US)
Educ 257
Global Diversity flag (G)
History Major courses
Writing Intensive  (WI)
EDUC 255 and 498 (required). Additional WI requirements are required for the major.

 No more than two general education courses may come from a single department or school, with the exception of a second language, Gateway, and Writing Intensive.

Additional required social science courses are not used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance; however you must earn a grade of C or higher, per state licensure requirements. AP and transfer credit may meet the additional requirements, with the approval of your major advisor and the Director of Teacher Education.

Additional Content Specific Endorsements in Social Science

Employment options are best enhanced by completing requirements for another content specific endorsement in social science. History candidates may qualify to teach AP or Honors level courses in one of the social science disciplines (Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology) by meeting the following requirements:  

Economics

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in the handbook, and
  • A major in economics OR
  • Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Economics (109) AND 3 units of coursework in Economics.

Geography

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in the handbook and
  • 8 units in geography, including upper level  OR
  • Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Geography (113) AND 3 units of coursework in Geography.

Political Science

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in the handbook, and
  • A major in political science  OR
  • Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Political Science (117) AND 3 units coursework in Political Science.

Psychology

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in the handbook and
  • A major in psychology,  OR
  • Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Psychology (118) AND 3 units of coursework in Psychology.

Sociology and Anthropology

  • Completion of the approved program in social science/history as specified in the handbook, and
  • A major in sociology or anthropology or 8 units of combined coursework  OR
  • Pass the ISBE Content Area test in Social Science: Sociology and Anthropology (121) AND 3 units of coursework in Sociology and Anthropology.