Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

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PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING CERTIFICATE (6-12)/BACHELOR OF ARTS

Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 36

The Department of Psychology features a fully approved Psychology program that prepares candidates to teach grades 6-12 in Illinois public and private schools. The program is approved by the State Teacher Certification Board, in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education, and includes all the requirements for a major in Psychology.  Psychology majors in this specialization must declare a minor in Secondary Education.  See advisors in the Department of Psychology and College of Education for specific approval and a list of required courses.

Teacher Candidates seeking a Type 09 Teaching Certificate in Social Science with a designation in Psychology must complete the following coursework in the content area as well as professional education courses.  For a detailed description of the courses please click on the appropriate link.



I. Core Courses in Psychology Major for Teaching Certification (36)
A. General Requirements (30)
26-100 General Psychology (3)
26-212 Adolescence and Youth (3)
26-220 Theories of Personality and Development (3)
26-290 Psychobiology (3)
26-303 Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)
26-310 Psychological Testing and Evaluation (3)
26-320 Abnormal Psychology (3)
26-360 Social Psychology (3)
26-405 Methods of Research (3)
26-411 Learning Theory and Application (3)
OR
26-412 Theories of Cognition (3)
B. Select two additional courses in Psychology. (6)
C. The advanced writing general education requirement is satisfied by successful completion of Methods of Research (26-405).

II. Required Social Science Courses (16)
04-195 The American Economy (3)
04-200 Basic Macroeconomics (3)
or 
09-101 Culture and Civilization I (3)
09-102 Culture and Civilization II (3)
18-200 American National Government (3)
09-397 Workshop in History (1-3)
Any U.S. History Course (3)

III. Students must consult with their College of Education advisor for additional courses in the teaching minor in the social sciences (approximately 9 credit hours).

IV. Required Professional Education Courses (35)
53-322 Characteristics and the Development of the Adolescent Learner (3)
54-357 Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities (3)
53-312 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Adolescents (3)
53-200 Secondary Clinical Experience I (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
53-304 Technology for Teaching and Learning (3)
53-394 Pedagogy and Assessment for Effective 6-12 Instruction (3)
53-300 Secondary Clinical Experience II (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
53-321 Special Methods: Teaching Social Science in Grades 6-12 (3)
53-329 Approaches and Practices for the Multicultural Classroom (3)
53-360 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
53-481 Secondary Student Teaching (9)

V. Please see Secondary Education/Minor and Secondary Education in Social Science with Psychology Designation.