Online Secondary Teacher Licensure
Program URL: http://www.uis.edu/teachereducation
Number of Required Campus Visits: 2-3 per semester
Program Type: Certificate
Award Conferred: Teaching Licensure through the Illinois State Board of Education
The Department of Teacher Education has an online component for those who wish to become licensed teachers or add endorsements to their licenses but prefer the flexibility of online learning. The Department has online course work leading to licensure or endorsement in Secondary / Middle School Mathematics, English, Science (Biology and Chemistry), Social Science (History, Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology). Illinois certified / licensed teachers seeking an endorsement should obtain a deficiency letter prior to beginning course work and contact Heather Nielsen, the Initial Adviser. The course work and other requirements of this program are primarily the same as the on campus programs, but courses are taught almost completely online. Upper division online courses require two to three visits to campus per semester.
Unlike courses that are delivered entirely online, teacher education courses use a blended learning format. These courses require participants to attend conferences on the UIS campus each semester. During these on campus conferences, faculty members will evaluate students according to their knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching (required by the Illinois State Board of Education). Other activities during the on campus conferences may include student presentations and other demonstrations of teaching ability.