School of Education
NEW DUAL LICENSURE PROGRAM BEGINNING FALL 2016
It is the mission of the School of Education at McKendree University to prepare teachers and other education professionals as lifelong learners, caring practitioners, and knowledgeable professionals. The School of Education’s mission is linked closely to McKendree University’s mission, providing a high quality educational experience to outstanding students, guiding them in the pursuit of academic excellence. The dispositions of a teacher candidate completing an education program within the School of Education are grounded in that mission.
The missions of both the School of Education and McKendree University are used as a foundation for creating high quality teacher education programs which support the development of effective educators who are able to meet the ever-changing diverse demands placed upon schools in the region we serve. Faculty within the School of Education believes teacher candidates develop the necessary skills of teaching through a sequence of professional education courses in theory and methodologies. In addition, a series of clinical experiences in a variety of diverse school settings help candidates transfer university classroom instruction into practical teaching skills.
Teacher Education programs for initial licensure are available for both undergrad and graduate students. Initial licensure programs are offered for Elementary Education, Special Education/Elementary Education, Special Education (graduate level), Secondary Education (English Language Arts, Social Sciences – History, Political Science or Psychology, Science – Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Mathematics) and Special K-12 (Art, Music and Physical Education). Advanced programs for graduate students are available in a variety of areas; allow practicing educators the opportunity to continue developing their professional commitment to, and competence in the field of education.
Because McKendree University must meet the requirements issued by the Illinois State Board of Education and the State Licensure Board, their requirements take precedence over the catalog of record for individuals seeking teacher licensure recommendation.
o English/Language Arts
o Science (Biology or Chemistry emphasis)
o Social Science (History, Political Science, or Psychology emphasis)
-Special K-12 - Licensure
o Art Education
o Music Education
o Physical Education - Licensure
-Special Education/Elementary Education - Dual Licensure
-Special Education LBS1 Licensure (Master of Arts in Education only)
-Educational Studies Non-Licensure
o Educational Administration & Leadership
o Educational Studies
o Educational Studies Emphasis in Reading
o Higher Education Administrative Services
o Special Education
o Specialized Instruction
o Teacher Licensure
o Teacher Leadership
• Middle School (Undergraduate & Graduate)
IMPORTANT: The Illinois State Board of Education has changed the requirements for obtaining a middle teaching school endorsement. The current requirements will only be valid until January 31, 2018. After February 1, 2018, the only way to receive a middle school endorsement will be to complete a new, state approved middle school program.
Obtaining a Middle School Endorsement prior to January 31, 2018 will require obtaining a C or higher in EDU 403/503 Middle School: Philosophy and Practice and EDU 404/504 Early Adolescents and Schooling. Students will also need to receive a C or higher in the required number of content course hours. If you will receive your initial Professional Educators License AFTER January 31, 2018, you will need to adhere to the new Middle School requirements.
• Reading Teacher (Graduate)
• Special Education (Graduate)