Miscellaneous Notes on Licensure (formerly 'Certification')
With things changing continually here in Illinois this is a place I'm writing
notes down that I can refer back to later. This information is correct to my
knowledge. However, the reader should not use this page as his/her sole source
of information. I
that this information be verified using other sources.
If anything changes, or you find errors on this page, please e-mail
Note: Middle Level Teaching requirements will be changing soon. After February 1, 2018 candidates seeking a middle grades (grades 5-8) endorsement in mathematics will need to meet the new standards. In fact, candidates will need to complete a 32 semester hour major in middle grades education offered by an Illinois program approved for the preparation of teachers in the middle grades (as per section 25.99 of Part 25).
Current Requirement for Middle Grades
- Six (6) Semester Hours: "The middle grade teacher must also complete
3 semester hours of coursework in middle school philosophy, curriculum and
and teaching developmentally appropriate programs in the middle grades,
including content area reading instruction, and 3 semester hours of coursework
psychology focusing on the developmental characteristics of early adolescents
and the role of the middle grade teacher in assessment, coordination and
referral of students to health and social services." (Minimum Requirements
XI. Staff Qualifications)
- At WIU, this is achieved by taking C&I 403 (4SH). One (1) SH of EIS
201 and (1) SH of EIS 301 relate to middle level psychology, assessment,
This totals to 6 SH.
- Of course the student needs to have content courses as well.
Which Courses Count in Which Area for the Middle School Math Endorsement?
To get a Middle School Math Endorsement one needs 18 SH, which include 3 SH of
a teaching methods course with middle school math and 15 SH of math content from
four of the following seven (i-vii) areas).
For El Ed majors seeking middle school endorsement:
*Math 459 works, but it is primarily taken by math majors due to its significant
|i.) Math content for Elem teachers
||207 or any calculus course
|iii) Modern Alg. or Number Theory
||206 and 402
|v) Computer Science
|vi) Probability and Stats
|vii) History of math
Middle School Math Content Test?
At the present time to be endorsed for middle school math, an el ed major need
not take a math content test (other than the el ed content test that already
exists, covering all subject areas).
Secondary Teachers Seeking a Second Endorsement
Certified teachers seeking an endorsement in mathematics must obtain (as per
the Endorsement Requirements for Subjects document linked below):
- A major in the content area indicated on the transcript or 32 semester hours
in the content area; OR
- Must take 24 SH of mathematics coursework and pass the Math Content test.
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February 3, 2017