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Secondary Education Advisement Overview

School of Education Student Services assists prospective and current students in pursuing a major in one of the programs offered within the School of Education. Student Services staff will work with students from their early stages of major exploration through graduation, helping with general program information, course registration, application to teacher education, field experiences, graduation requirements and teacher licensure.

Advisement Process

Initial Contact with Student Services

Secondary education is not considered a major at SIUE. You must contact an advisor in one of the areas of certification SIUE offers (see major grid below) even if you have a degree in that area.

Students already holding a bachelor's degree may work on a master's degree while obtaining licensure. Students must receive certification before obtaining their master's degree.

The advisors in Student Services monitor admission into teacher education and will place you in the appropriate professional education classes.




Art (K-12) [ web] CAS Advising - [ e-mail] K-12 Certification
Biology* [ web] CAS Advising - [ e-mail]
Chemistry* [ web] CAS Advising - [ e-mail]
Earth & Space Science* [ web] CAS Advising - [ e-mail]
English [ web] CAS Advising - [ e-mail] Screening & Speech minor required
Foreign Language [ web] CAS Advising - [ e-mail] K-12 Certification
Geography [ web] CAS Advising - [ e-mail] Required Social Science minor
History [ web] CAS Advising - [ e-mail] Required Social Science minor
Mathematics* [ PDF] CAS Advising - [ e-mail]
Music [ web] CAS Advising - [ e-mail] K-12 Certification
Political Science [ web] CAS Advising - [ e-mail] Required Social Science minor
Theater & Drama [ web] CAS Advising - [ e-mail]
* Designated Teacher Shortage Areas by the State of Illinois.
Scholarships are available

Admission to Teacher Education

Prior to admittance to the Teacher Education Program and prior to being registered for any professional education classes, students must complete the following requirements:
a. Pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test through the Illinois State Board of Education (ICTS). Registration and study booklets are available online at This test is critical and must be taken immediately before students can take any School of Education coursework above CI 200.

b. Pass CI 200 (Intro to Education) with a "C" or better. This course is a prerequisite for the remainder of the professional education courses. Students will begin to accrue the 100 clock hours required for certification by the state of Illinois during this course. An equivalent of CI 200 may be transferred from other institutions.

c. Obtain a GPA from SIUE of 2.5 or higher along with a combined GPA of 2.5 from all other institutions.

Professional Education coursework:

Usually students will be placed in professional education courses during their final year at SIUE. The courses will include EPFR 315, EPFR 320, SPE 400, CI 315a, CI 440, CI 315b, and CI 352. Because space available is limited, only OCECA advisors will register students for these classes (contingent upon their admission to the Teacher Education Program). Graduate students must register for the graduate equivalents of these courses through Curriculum and Instruction.

EPFR 315, EPFR 320, SPE 400, and CI 440 may be taken any time after the student has been admitted into the Teacher Education Program. Students must receive a "C" or better in all of these professional education courses.

Required Illinois State Tests:

The student must take the ICTS Content-area Test in his/her major prior to student teaching. Information on the tests may be found at

Students are also required to take the APT (Aptitude in Professional Teaching) test prior to licensure. All K-12 students should take the Special K-12 APT test. All other students should take the 6-12 APT test. Students may register and obtain study guides online at


Although secondary certification will appear as grades 6-12 on your certificate, the state requires two courses for middle school endorsements (grades 6-8). Those classes are EPFR 415 and CI 407.

Please consult with an Student Services advisor for information on endorsements (additional teaching fields) and any scholarship information available for secondary students. The Secondary Endorsement Worksheet and Middle School Worksheet may be useful in considering additional endorsements

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