Completion of the Secondary Education and Physics majors and passing all state tests, “highly qualifies” one to teach Physics at all levels in grades 9-12, including honors and AP courses.  Graduates are also qualified to teach lower level courses across all the sciences (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and environmental science) regardless of major. This is why all science candidates, regardless of major, are required to complete additional coursework beyond the major and demonstrate competence in the core science standards. To qualify for teaching honors and AP courses in areas of science other than your major, plan on obtaining an additional science content specific endorsement.  Becoming highly qualified to teach departmentalized grades 6-8 requires a middle school endorsement, which is available only to the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016, due to changes in state law. 

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

Professional Education / Secondary Education Major  (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 (gpa) for TEP and student teaching acceptance.   A gpa of 2.85  is required for program admission; a gpa of 3.0 is required for admission to student teaching.  State law specifies a minimum grade of C for any course required for licensure and endorsement, regardless of gpa. 


First year,


Educ 225

Education and Social Justice (SI)

(or fall semester sophomore year)

20-25 hours field experience


Sophomore year



Educ 255

Educ 257

Child Study and Assessment (WI)

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

20-25 hours field experience


Junior Year*



Educ 257

The Exceptional Child



Educ 363

Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Natural Sciences

40-45 hours field experience

Junior year


Educ 365

Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas

15-20 hours field experience

(continues spring placement)

Senior year*




Educ 490

Educ 495

Student Teaching Seminar

Student Teaching: Secondary Science

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


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.

Physics Major Requirements  (10 units)

The required Physics courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.  Four courses in the major and a gpa of 2.75 is required for TEP admission;  six courses and a gpa of 3.00 are required for student teaching acceptance.  State law specifies a minimum grade of C for any course required for licensure and endorsement, including major courses, regardless of gpa. 


Phys 105

Physics I -Mechanics

Phys 106

Physics II - Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics

Phys 207

Physics III - Modern Physics and Thermodynamics

Phys 304

Mathematical Methods of Physics

Phys 399

Experimental Physics

Phys 405 or 406

Theoretical Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism

Select 2 from

Phys 405

Phys 406

Phys 407

Phys 408

One must come from 405, 406

Theoretical Mechanics

Electricity and Magnetism

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

Statistical Physics


3 electives chosen in consultation with and by approval of the major advisor

(Physics 310 recommended with major advisor approval)


ISBE Core Science standards require additional courses , specifically the following laboratory courses:

Chem 201 & 202 or 321

Biol 101 & 102 OR 107 & 108

General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry

General Biology or Human Anatomy

IWU General Education

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

  • Analysis of Values (AV): PHIL 214, Philosophy of Education (recommended but not required). 
  • Contemporary Social Institutions (CSI):  EDUC 225 (required).  
  • Formal Reasoning (FR): Math 161, 165 or equivalent.
  • Life and Physical Science Issues and Lab:  Major and licensure requirements.
  • Writing Intensive (WI): EDUC 255 and 498 courses (required). Additional WI requirements are in the major.
  • U.S. Diversity flag: EDUC 257

Additional Content Specific Endorsements in Science

Physics candidates may earn additional high school level content specific endorsements in Biology , Chemistry, Environmental Science, and/or Earth and Space Science by passing the applicable ISBE Content Area test and completing three units of coursework in the discipline.  A content specific endorsement "highly qualifies" one to teach AP or Honors level courses in one of the above science disciplines.