Graduate secondary and foreign language education programs include the MEd in Instructional Leadership: Secondary Science (biology, chemistry, earth/space science, environmental science, and physics), the MA in English with licensure, the MAT in History, MAT in Spanish, and the MST in Mathematics.

Upon successful completion of a graduate program in secondary education, students will be entitled to a Professional Educator License valid for grades 6-12.

Each phase of the program must be fully completed before progressing to the next phase.


In order to be admitted to a degree program leading to licensure, potential candidates must have the following:

  • A recorded pass on an initial licensure exam (TAP, ACT with Writing, or SAT).
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5/4.0 or greater and a major GPA of at least 2.5/4.0. Some programs have higher minimum GPA requirements, please refer to the Secondary and Foreign Language Teacher Education Handbook for specific GPA requirements.
  • No grade below a “C” and no “Credit/No Credit” or “Pass/Fail” grades for any courses required for licensure.
  • Completion of additional requirements as specified in the graduate catalog.

After admission to a teacher education program, potential candidates must:

  • Complete and submit an Application to Candidacy – this application must be turned in during the first two (2) weeks of your first semester


During this phase, you must:

  • Take all necessary coursework, including disciplinary methods classes
  • Take education coursework
  • Complete and log all Early Field Experience work with satisfactory progress
  • Register for and Pass an ILTS Content Test specific to your discipline
  • Apply for Student Teaching

Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culminating phase of a teacher candidate’s course of study at UIC. It takes place in the final semester of the program. Most student teachers spend fourteen weeks or more, full-time, in an area school. With the help and support of cooperating teachers, university field instructors, peers, and other professionals at both the school and university, student teachers apply and extend their knowledge of teaching and learning.

During this phase, you must:

  • Complete and submit the Technology Survey, the Exit Survey, and the edTPA in TaskStream.
  • If Foreign Language, take and pass the OPI (Oral Language Proficiency Interview)
  • Be evaluated by both your cooperating teacher and university field instructor using the Student Teaching Evaluation
  • Learn how to apply for licensure
  • File an intent to graduate, online via my.UIC


During this phase, you must:

  • Meet all degree requirements (degree completion is a licensure requirement)
  • Have successfully completed and logged hours for all required early field experiences
  • Complete and file the UIC Application for Entitlement
  • Upon entitlement, file licensure application online in ELIS (Educator Licensure Information System)


During your first year as a teacher, you will be contacted and asked to complete a survey about how well you were prepared as a teacher. Please take the time to complete that survey!