Programs of Study

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.


Elementary Education


teacher in classroomThe Professional Educator License is valid for teaching first through 6th grade in Illinois schools. All candidates for licensure are required to successfully pass state-mandated examinations before licensure is granted. It is required that candidates pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or receive at least a 22 or higher on the ACT with at least a 19 on the combined writing section prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program. Once in the program, students must pass the content area exam before the student teaching semester. It is also required that students pass the edTPA for program completion. Registration information and study guides for the examinations are available on the Illinois Licensure Testing System web site  (www.il.nesinc.com).


Secondary Education


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The Secondary License is valid for teaching in grades six (6) through twelve (12) in Illinois schools.

All candidates for licensure are required to successfully pass state-mandated examinations before licensure is granted. It is required that candidates pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or  receive at least a 22 on the ACT with at least a 19 on the combined writing section prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program. Once in the program, students must pass the content area exam before the student teaching semester. It is also required that candidates pass the edTPA for program completion. Registration information and study guides for the examinations are available on the Illinois Licensure Testing System web site  (www.il.nesinc.com)..


Special K-12 Education

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The Special K-12 License is valid for teaching in grades kindergarten through grade twelve (12) in Illinois schools.

McKendree University has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Teacher Licensure Board to offer courses leading to the Special K-12 License in the areas of Visual Arts, Music and Physical Education.

All candidates for licensure are required to successfully pass state-mandated examinations before licensure is granted. It is required that candidates pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or receive at least a 22 on the ACT with at least a 19 on the combined writing section prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program. Once in the program, students must pass the content area exam before the student teaching semester. It is  also required that candidates pass the edTPA for program completion. Registration information and study guides for the examinations are available on the Illinois Licensure Testing System web site (www.il.nesinc.com).

 

Educational Studies

This major is especially appropriate for students with a broad interest in educational matters; in educational departments of hospitals, correctional institutions, museums, zoos, mental institutions, and churches; or for those with a specialization in one of the disciplines with an obvious relationship to a particular career, e.g., art history or biology and outdoor education.  The major is independently based and the student with his/her advisor will develop a course of study which emphasizes course work appropriate to the academic/professional goals of the student for a career as an educator in a setting that does not require nor lead to teacher licensure.

The program is not intended to have a narrow vocational focus.  Rather it is designed with the recognition that the liberal arts can be related to the real world of informed citizenship and can provide the preparation and context within which numerous careers in education may be developed.