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 major 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. Only grades of “C” and above are acceptable in professional education courses and in any courses counted toward any endorsement or certificate. A “C-” or lower grade will require that the course be repeated.
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)
OR26-412 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. Please see Secondary Education / Bachelor of Arts for required Education courses.