This is a post-baccalaureate certificate to prepare graduates of English programs for teacher licensure in English Language Arts at the secondary education level is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences .
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: Senior Capstone : 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 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.
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 or higher in English from a regionally accredited college or university;
- have a cumulative average G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher in all lower division courses applied to the degree program; and
- 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 Foundations of Education (3) , (or equivalent) with a grade of “B” or better;
- submit evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills) of the Illinois licensure Testing system; and
- 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, http://www.govst.edu/Academics/Colleges_and_Programs/College_of_Arts_and_Sciences/Secondary_Education_Programs_in_Biology,_Chemistry,_English_and_Mathematics/
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 through the Academic Advisor.
Admission to Student Teaching
Before enrolling in EDUC-4999 Student Teaching: Senior Capstone , 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:
- completed general education requirements with a G.P.A. 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 G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of “C” or better in each course:EDUC-6301 , EDUC-6302 , ENGL-6080 , and ENGL-6570 and ENGL-6575 with a grade of “B” or better;
- must have completed methods courses no more than two years prior to the commencement of student teaching;
- 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;
- met all state requirements applicable to the subject matter area(s) in which the student will teach as outlined in Section IX, Staff Qualifications of the Illinois State Board of Education publication, Minimum Requirements for State Licensure;
- submitted evidence of having passed the English Content Area Examination of the Illinois Licensure Testing System; and
- received a positive recommendation from the Secondary Education Student Progress Committee.