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Undergraduate Secondary Teaching Licensure

The Department of Mathematics and Science Education has programs that allow students to meet all of the requirements to be licensed by the state of Illinois to teach Secondary Mathematics (grades 6-12) and Secondary Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (grades 6-12). This 24 credit hour program may be completed as electives during the completion of any academic major at IIT.

For additional information about your specific program and concerns, please contact Norman Lederman by email at or by phone at 312.567.3658.

Program Requirements 

Required Courses

Analysis of Classrooms (Practicum and Seminar)

This course includes a two-hour seminar on campus each week along with approximately five hours per week in an area school. This is an introductory course that provides students background in learning theory, motivation theory, classroom management, aspects of effective teaching, critical classroom variables, and the school as a system. 2-5-3 (C)

Science/Mathematics Curriculum

This lecture/discussion course focuses on history/sociology of education, rationales and goals of current reform efforts, curriculum design, development, and curriculum analysis. 3-0-3 (C)

Instructional Methods/Strategies

Discussion/laboratory oriented course that focuses on instructional planning, implementation considerations of various teaching methods, and development of instructional activities. Students are also provided with opportunities to practice instructional skills in peer teaching lessons. 3-0-3 (C)

Instructional Methods/Strategies II

Follow-up course to Instructional Methods/Strategies I with a strong focus in various advanced instructional models such as inductive, deductive, synectics, inquiry role development, and cooperative learning. Students will have several opportunities to practice instructional models in peer teaching lessons. 3-0-3 (C)

Inquiry and Problem Solving

This course provides students with opportunities for reflection on aspects of inquiry/problem solving, and nature of science/mathematics. Provides background for student development of instructional materials focusing on inquiry/problem solving and nature of science/mathematics. 3-0-3(C)

Informal Education Practicum and Seminar

Students spend approximately five hours per week in an informal education venue (e.g., museum, aquarium, zoo) along with a two hour on-campus course per week. This course will help students develop an understanding of the roles informal institutions can plan in math/science achievement and the ability to create instructional materials that capitalize on these community resources. 2-5-3 (C)

Professional Internship

Capstone experience in which students assume continuous teaching responsibilities in at least three classes in an area school. Students will spend a full semester in the area school under the supervision of a classroom teacher and university supervisor. 0-40-6 (C)