Bachelor of Arts/Science with Secondary Endorsement

As a high school teacher you can help guide your students to find their true potential.

Dominican University offers Secondary Education students state-approved programs in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics and social science. In each area you’ll be prepared for licensure with coursework in three areas.

You’ll take general studies in a core curriculum to ensure that you have a solid foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge. Secondly, you’ll have your studies in the academic major of your choice. Finally, your pedagogical and professional studies will include both foundation courses and field experience to prepare you for your clinical practice as a student teacher.

The undergraduate elementary, secondary and kindergarten to 12th grade teacher education programs have four basic elements:

  1. General education competency studies ensures that candidates have completed general studies courses and experiences in the liberal arts and sciences and have developed theoretical and practical knowledge.
  2. An academic major selected from one of the university’s departments ensures that candidates attain competence in the academic content that they plan to teach.
  3. Professional and pedagogical studies ensures that candidates acquire and apply the professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills to become competent to work with all students.
  4. Clinical and field experiences ensures that candidates learn to integrate general knowledge, academic content and professional knowledge to create excellent learning experiences for all children and young people.

Admission to Teacher Education

Because the educational backgrounds of students entering the licensure program differ, some students may need to take an extra semester to complete all requirements.

  • Undergraduate students may enter the certification programs by transferring specific credits from a two-year or four-year approved institution.
  • Transfer students are urged to pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency prior to coming to Dominican University.
  • A grade of “C” or better in Education 200, a passing grade on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency and an overall grade point average of 2.75.

Admission to Clinical Practice

Admission to clinical practice is determined on the basis of the candidate’s written application and other records as measured against criteria established by the Dominican University Teacher Education Committee.

  • A grade point average of 2.75 in the major, 2.75 in professional education courses and a 2.75 overall
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • A completed application
  • Documentation of 100 clock hours of field experience completed.

Required curriculum for Secondary or K-12 Endorsement

  • Foundations of Education
  • History and Philosophy of American Education
  • Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum
  • Education in a Diverse Society
  • Survey of Exceptional Youth
  • Educational Psychology
  • Assessment
  • Content Area Reading
  • Instructional Strategies in Teaching (for a specific discipline)
  • Clinical Practice, Secondary
  • Clinical Practice Seminar, Secondary
  • Candidates may receive credit from another institution for one, but not both, of the educational foundations courses (History and Philosophy of Education or Educational Psychology).
  • 32 semester hours are required in a given field to teach a major.

K-12 Endorsement

Dominican University offers a state-approved program for students seeking a K-12 endorsemnt in Visual Arts or Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Italian). The program of study is similar to the program for secondary endorsement. Methods classes focus on preparation to teach in the range of grades from K-12. Clinical practice (student teaching) takes place in both elementary and secondary classrooms.