In Illinois, secondary schools in districts with enrollments between 3,000 and 5,999 students, the salary range for beginning teachers with bachelor's degrees is $40,032 to $47,694. Source:"Illinois Teacher Salary Study 2008-2009," Illinois State Board of Education 

At Governors State University, the English Education certificate program enables you to turn your undergraduate degree in English into a rewarding career as a teacher on the secondary level. English teachers guide their students through the world of writers who use the power and scope of words to explore the joys and struggles of life and humanity. Our 21st century world is filled with new options for sharing information - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are changing the way we communicate - but it is still necessary to learn writing skills so that the words on the computer screen have meaning.

Outstanding Preparation

The sequence of course work is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and leads to an initial high school licensure in English Language Arts. You can also obtain an endorsement for teaching in middle school. To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching license, you must present evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills), Subject Matter Knowledge and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Certification Testing System. You must complete a student teaching requirement in English and meet other requirements for certification through approved programs in the teacher education and certification section of the GSU catalog.

Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

This is a post-baccalaureate certificate to prepare graduates of English programs for teacher licensure in English language arts at the secondary education level. 

Teacher Licensure

This sequence of courses is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and leads to the initial secondary licensure in English language arts. To be recommended for licensure by Governors State University, students must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC 4999 Student Teaching: English.  

To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching license, the student must present evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills), Subject Matter Knowledge and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Certification Testing System.

Students must meet other requirements for licensure through approved programs listed in the licensure of teachers and other school professionals section in the catalog. This requirement is likely to include additional general education, education and content courses.

Students choosing to pursue the middle school endorsement must take 3 hours in early adolescent educational psychology and 3 hours in curriculum methods for middle school. Students should contact the office of secondary education for specific course numbers. 

Admission to English Education

In addition to meeting all university admissions requirements for the certificate, applicants must meet the following requirements to be admitted to the English Education certificate:

  • have a bachelor's degree or higher in English from a regionally accredited college or university
  • have a cumulative average GPA of 2.5 or higher in all lower division courses applied to the degree program
  • submit a word-processed essay not to exceed 300 words explaining why the applicant wishes to be a teacher

    Continuation in the Certificate

    In order to continue in the certificate after the first term of enrollment, students must meet the following requirements:

    • complete EDUC 2310 or equivalent with a grade of B or better
    • submit evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency of the Illinois Certification Testing system
    • submit scores from the Educational Testing System Proficiency Profile. 

      Some schools and/or school districts require criminal background checks in advance of any field experience undertaken by teacher preparation candidates in school settings. Candidates may be required to comply with these requirements. Consult with your advisor for information concerning the related GSU policies and procedures. 

      Admission to Student Teaching

      Before enrolling in EDUC 4999: Student Teaching, an application for admission to student teaching must be submitted to the director of field experiences in the College of Education. The application must be submitted by Dec. 1 for the fall term and Jan. 31 for the spring term preceding the academic year in which the student intends to teach (student teaching is not offered in the summer term). This application for student teaching will certify that the student applying has or will have met the following requirements:

      • completed general education requirements with a GPA of 2.75 or higher in courses taken at Governors State University
      • completed professional education course requirements, except student teaching, including 100 clock-hours of field experience with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of C or better in each course and EDUC 4465, ENGL 6570 and ENGL 6575 with a grade of B or better
      • completed methods courses no more than two years prior to the commencement of student teaching
      • have no more than 6 hours (at the discretion of the advisor) remaining to be completed in the major, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and completing all courses with a grade of C or better
      • met all state requirements applicable to areas of student teaching assignments as outlined in the "Illinois Program for Evaluation, Supervision and Recognition of Schools, Part I, Subject G: Staff Qualifications"
      • submitted evidence of having passed the English content area examination of the Illinois Certification Testing System
      • received a positive recommendation from the secondary education student progress committee. 

      Student Handbook

      Please see the Handbook for Secondary Education Students for additional information.

      Certificate Requirements

      Students must meet all university requirements for a certificate. In addition, students must complete the general education requirement for initial high school licensure listed in the teacher education section of the catalog. 

      In addition, students must:

      • have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
      • earn a grade of C or better in all general education courses
      • have a GPA of 2.75 or higher for all general education courses, if applicable
      • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in English courses with a grade of C or better in each course
      • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for EDUC 4440, EDCP 6101 and SPED 6101 with a grade of C or better in each course
      • earn a grade of B or better in EDUC 2310, EDUC 4465, ENGL 6580, ENGL 6570 and ENGL 6575
      • earn a grade of B or better in EDUC 4999: Student Teaching
      • complete a minimum of 100 clock-hours of supervised pre-student teaching experiences
      • provide evidence of successful completion of Illinois and U.S. Constitution examinations
      • complete at least one 3-hour course in nonwestern or developing nations' cultures
      • show evidence of having passed the Assessment of Professional Teaching
      • meet any additional requirements listed in the teacher licensure section of the catalog
      • receive a positive recommendation from the secondary education student progress committee

      Professional Education (minimum of 24 Hours)

      The following courses can be taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level:

      EDUC 2310 Foundations of Education (3)

      SPED 6101 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3) 

      The following courses must be taken at the upper-division level:

      EDUC 4440 Educational Psychology in Action (3)

      EDUC 4465 Methods of Teaching English (3)

      EDUC 4999 Student Teaching (12)

      EDCP 6101 Introduction to Educational Technology (3) 

      II.   Additional Requirements

      Students may need to complete additional general education or English courses if their degree requirements do not meet the requirements of the approved Governors State University program for the endorsement in English education. 

      III.  Minimum Total - 24 Hours at GSU

      Graduation Requirements

      Students must meet the university requirements for a certificate found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.

      Advisor Information

      Rashidah Jaami' Muhammad
      Professor
      708.534.6974
      rmuhammad@govst.edu

      Cheryl Hague
      Senior Lecturer
      708.534.4587
      chague@govst.edu
       
      Duane Davis
      Assistant Professor
      708.235.7143
      ddavis14@govst.edu