Teacher Licensure

The graduate program in Teacher Licensure is designed for individuals wishing to seek initial teaching licensure through a graduate studies program in elementary education or secondary education. Candidates in the program examine current educational theory and practice and explore a variety of viewpoints to reflectively develop their professional competence and teaching style. They explore social issues affecting students and expand their awareness of and respect for the unique development of each student. During their course work, they consider effective collaboration with and accountability to students, parents,  colleagues, and the community. Reexamining the development of values and professional ethics, students gain greater intellectual and ethical insight.

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Curriculum Requirements


Elementary Education
 

Secondary Education


Teacher Licensure Requirements


McKendree teacher education students who complete an approved teacher education program and meet all of the requirements established by the State Board of Education may qualify for an Initial Licensure in the areas of Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special K-12 (Art, Music and Physical Education).


Teacher education students completing an approved Illinois teacher education qualify for an Initial Licensure by passing the Test of Academic Proficiency, the Illinois Assessment of Professional Teaching and the appropriate test(s) of subject matter knowledge. Initial Licensures shall be endorsed according to the approved program completed, the coursework presented, and/or the applicable examination(s) passed.

All Initial (Elementary, Secondary and Special K-12) Licensures shall be valid for four (4) years of teaching and are nonrenewable. Upon completion of four (4) years of teaching within eight (8) years after the issue date of that licensure, individuals may qualify for a comparable Standard (Elementary, Secondary, and Special K-12) Licensure valid for five (5) years and renewable with proof of continuing education or professional development. These individuals may qualify for a comparable Standard Licensure by successfully passing the required Standard Licensure requirements and completing other requirements established by the Illinois State Board of Education. (NOTE: “Four (4) years of teaching experience means the equivalent of four (4) years of full-time employment.”)

Students who qualify for the Initial Elementary and Secondary Licensures and who wish to teach in departmentalized grade five (5) through grade eight (8) may obtain a Middle School Endorsement by completing the required coursework as specified in the section titled Middle School Endorsement.

Students may wish to elect a minor in coaching which is available to individuals seeking any of the Initial Teaching Licensures offered through the teacher education program. Refer to the section on the coaching minor listed under Physical Education in the Courses of Study section of the undergraduate catalog. Additional curriculum information can be found in the graduate catalog.


Elementary Education


Initial Elementary Licensure (Type 03)

The Initial Elementary Licensure is valid for four (4) years of teaching in the kindergarten and the lower nine (9) grades in the public schools and is nonrenewable. The licensure may be issued by entitlement to any completer of a McKendree teacher education program with a bachelors degree who presents certified evidence, accompanied by the Registrar’s recommendation of having successfully completed the requirements for licensure. All candidates for licensure are required to successfully pass state-mandated examinations in basic skills, subject matter specialty and the Assessment of Professional Teaching before licensure is granted. It is required that students pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, and pass the subject matter exam before the student teaching semester. It is required that students pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching exam for program completion. Registration booklets and study guides for the examinations are available on the Illinois State Board of Education web site (http://www.isbe.net/).


MAED - Teacher Licensure - Elementary Education

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

EDL 620

School Law

3

EDU 529

Children's Literature

3

EDU 560

Movement Concepts for Elementary Teachers

2

EDU 501

Methods of Teaching Fine Arts (ELEM)

3

EDU 510

Foundations of American Education

3

EDU 530 

Methods of Teaching Reading (ELEM)

3

EDU 541 

Methods of Teaching Mathematics (ELEM)

3

EDU 542

Methods of Teaching Science (ELEM)

3

EDU 545

Methods of Teaching Language Arts (ELEM)

3

EDU 546

Methods of Teaching Social Science (ELEM)

3

SPE 505

Characteristics and Instruction of Diverse Learners

3

EDU 600

Professional Educator Seminar

0

EDU 610

History and Philosophy of Education

3

EDU 611

Curriculum Theory and Design

3

EDU 612  

Instructional and Curriculum Design and Evaluation   

3

EDU 613 

Field Practicum II 

0

EDU 614

Field Practicum III

0

EDU 641

Educational Research & Statistics

3

EDU 645

Action Research Planning

2

EDU 650

Advanced Educational Psychology

3

EDU 695

Advanced Student Teaching

6

EDU 698

Portfolio Review

1

EDU 599

Assessment of Professional Teaching Exam

0

EDU 697

Action Research Project

2

 

OR

 

EDU 699

Action Research Thesis

4

 

Portfolio Assessment

0

 

Total credits

58-60



Secondary Education (Type 09 or Type 10)


Initial Secondary Licensure (Type 09)

The Initial Secondary Licensure is valid for four (4) years of teaching in grades six (6) through twelve (12) in the public schools and is nonrenewable. The Initial Special K-12 Certificate is valid for four (4) years of teaching in grades kindergarten through grade twelve (12) in public schools in the designated areas of Art, Music and Physical Education and is nonrenewable.

The licensure may be issued by entitlement to any teacher education program completer of McKendree with a bachelor’s degree who presents certified evidence, accompanied by the Registrar’s recommendation of having successfully completed the requirements listed below. All candidates for licensure are required to successfully pass state-mandated examinations in Test of Academic Proficiency, subject area specialty, and the Assessment of Professional Teaching test before licensure is granted. It is required that students pass the basic skills exam prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, and pass the subject matter exam before the student teaching semester. It is required that students pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching test for program completion. Registration booklets and study guides for the examinations are available on the Illinois State Board of Education web site (http://www.isbe.net/)


Initial Special K-12 Licensure (Type 10)

The Initial Special K-12 Licensure is valid for four (4) years of teaching in grades kindergarten through grade twelve (12), or Ages 3-21 for Special Education in public schools and is nonrenewable.

McKendree has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Teacher Certification Board to offer courses leading to the Initial Special K-12 Licensure in the areas of Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education and Special Education. This licensure entitles individuals to teach in grades kindergarten through grade twelve (12) in their major area of concentration (Visual Arts, Music or Physical Education), and Ages 3-21 for Special Education. Physical Education majors have the option of completing the program requirements for both the Initial Secondary Licensure (Type 09) and the Initial Special K-12 Licensure (Type 10). Physical Education majors are encouraged to complete the requirements for both licensures because it may broaden their public school employment opportunities.

The Initial Special K-12 (Ages 3-21) Licensure may be issued by entitlement to any teacher licensure program completer McKendree with a bachelor’s degree who presents evidence, accompanied by the Registrar’s recommendation, of having completed the requirements for the teaching major as stated in the Course of Study section of this catalog. All candidates for licensure are required to successfully pass state-mandated examinations before licensure is granted. It is required that students pass the Test of Academic Proficiency prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, and pass the subject matter exam before the student teaching semester. Registration booklets and study guides for the examinations are available on the Illinois State Board of Education web site (www.isbe.net) and in the Field Experience/Certification Office.

All other policies, rules and procedures related to teacher licensure are listed in the McKendree undergraduate catalog. Graduate students in programs leading to initial teacher licensure are referred to the McKendree undergraduate catalog for all policies, rules and procedures not found in the Graduate Catalog.


Teaching Major


The teaching major must include a minimum of 32 credits and must be from one of the state-approved teaching areas: Business, Marketing and Computing, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science (Biology Emphasis or Chemistry Emphasis), Social Science, Special Education, and Visual Arts. The 32 credits must be distributed within the selected teaching major area according to the degree requirements for that major stated in the Courses of Study section of the undergraduate catalog. (Except Special Education)


McKendree teacher education students who complete an approved teacher education program and meet all of the requirements established by the State Board of Education may qualify for an Initial Licensure in the areas of Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special K-12 (Art, Music and Physical Education).


MAED - Teacher Licensure - Secondary/Special P-12 Education

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

EDL 620

School Law

3

EDU 5xx 

Methods of Teaching in Content Area

3

SPE 505

Characteristics and Instruction of Diverse Learners 

3

EDU 510

Foundations of American Education

3

EDU 512

Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area

3

EDU 600

Professional Educator Seminar 

0

EDU 610 

History and Philosophy of Education

3

EDU 611

Curriculum Theory and Design

3

EDU 612 

Instructional and Curriculum Design and Evaluation 

3

EDU 613

Field Practicum II

0

EDU 614

Field Practicum III

0

EDU 641

Educational Research & Statistics

3

EDU 645

Action Research Planning

2

EDU 650

Advanced Educational Psychology

3

EDU 695 

Advanced Student Teaching

6

EDU 598 

Portfolio Review 

EDU 599

Assessment of Professional Teaching Exam

0

EDU 697

Action Research Project

2

 

OR

 

EDU 699

Action Research Thesis 

4

 

Portfolio Assessment

0

 

Total credits

41-43


 

Location 


McKendree offers the Teacher Licensure program on the Lebanon campus.


Class Format


This program is formatted for the working professional. Each course meets one night a week. In addition, students will need to coordinate schedules to accommodate for the required field observations, which entail a limited amount of day observation in a school setting (to involve no more than 8 hours a week for the duration of the program).


Transfer Credit Restriction


No more than nine (9) semester credits will be accepted in transfer and can not be more than six (6) years old. Transfer credit must be submitted for approval prior to or during the first semester of enrollment.


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