English Education Certificate
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 EDUC4999: Student Teaching: English.
To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching certificate, the student must present evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Profiency (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 this catalog. This requirement is likely to include additional general education, education, and content courses.
Students choosing to pursue the middle school endorsement must take three (3) hours in Early Adolescent Educational Psychology and three (3) hours in Curriculum Methods for Middle School. Students should contact the Office of Secondary Education for specific course numbers.
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:
1. have a bachelor’s or higher in English from a regionally accredited college or university;
2. have a cumulative average G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher in all lower division courses applied to the degree program; and
3. submit a word-processed essay not to exceed 300 words explaining why the applicant wishes to be a teacher.
In order to continue in the certificate after the first term of enrollment, students must meet the following requirements:
1. complete EDUC2310 (Foundations of Education, or equivalent) with a grade of “B” or better;
2. submit evidence of having passes the Test of Academic Profiency (formerly Basic Skills) of the Illinois Certification Testing system; and
3. submit scores from the ETS 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.
The faculty monitors and evaluates student progress continually. The section, Licensure of Teachers and Other School Professionals, in this catalog provides a general description of the standards used to evaluate student progress. A more detailed statement of the standards and processes followed by the secondary education faculty is available in the Secondary Education Undergraduate Student Handbook, www.govst.edu/uploadedFiles/secedstudenthandbook.pdf.
The faculty may permit a student to continue conditionally. In such cases, faculty reviews of the student’s records identify evidence that the student will likely be successful in the program. The status of all students allowed to continue under conditions is reviewed by the faculty each term, and the students are informed in writing of the conditions necessary for them to be transferred to good standing status. When conditions are met, the student is informed in writing of the transfer to good standing status. A student may not be admitted to student teaching without being in good standing status.
The Student Handbook Undergraduate Degrees in Secondary Education referred to in this catalog is available online at www.govst.edu/uploadedFiles/secedhandbook.pdf.
Before enrolling in EDUC4999: 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 December 1 for the fall term and January 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:
1. completed general education requirements with a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher in courses taken at Governors State University;
2. completed professional education course requirements, except student teaching, including 100 clock-hours of field experience with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of “C” or better in each course and EDUC4465, ENGL6570 and ENGL6575 with a grade of “B” or better;
3. must have completed methods courses no more than two years prior to the commencement of student teaching;
4. must have no more than six hours (at the discretion of the advisor) remaining to be completed in the major, with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, and completing all courses with a grade of “C” or better;
5. 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”;
6. submitted evidence of having passed the English Content Area Examination of the Illinois Certification Testing System; and
7. received a positive recommendation from the Secondary Education Student Progress Committee.
Students must meet all university requirements for a certificate, and, in addition, students must complete the general education requirement for teacher licensure Initial High School Certificate listed in the teacher education section of this catalog.
In addition, students must:
1. have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher;
2. earn a grade of “C” or better in all general education courses;
3. have a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher for all general education courses, if applicable;
4. have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in English courses with a grade of “C” or better in each course;
5. have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher for EDUC4440, EDCP6101 and SPED6101 with a grade of “C” or better in each course;
6. earn a grade of “B” or better in EDUC2310, EDUC4465, ENGL 6580, ENGL 6570 and ENGL6575;
7. earn a grade of “B” or better in EDUC4999: Student Teaching;
8. complete a minimum of 100 clock-hours of supervised pre-student teaching experiences;
9. provide evidence of successful completion of Illinois and U.S. Constitution examinations;
10. complete at least one three-hour course in nonwestern or third world cultures;
11. show evidence of having passed the Assessment of Professional Teaching;
12. meet any additional requirements listed in the Teacher Licensure section of this catalog; and
13. receive a positive recommendation from the Secondary Education Student Progress Committee.
I. 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