This is a post-baccalaureate certificate to prepare graduates of English programs for teacher licensure in English language arts at the secondary education level.
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.
Please see the Handbook for Secondary Education Students for additional information.