Sociology majors may prepare for certification to teach sociology in secondary schools. Students should maintain close contact with the Departments of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Education to make sure they complete the requirements for the major and for teacher certification by the State of Illinois.
Students majoring in sociology seeking certification to teach sociology at the secondary level are required to take a minimum of 10 courses, including nine courses in sociology plus an elementary statistics course. In addition, students must also complete courses in broadfield social studies. See Department of Education for a complete listing of broadfield courses. Majors are strongly encouraged to take courses at the 300 level where there is an option.
These courses must include the following required courses:
SOC 211 Society and the Individual–Introductory Sociology
SOC 212 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 301 Social Problems
SOC 216/316 Society, Health and Illness or SOC 217/317 Marriage and the Family
SOC 319 Juvenile Delinquency and the Justice System or SOC 408 Criminology
SOC 423 Methods of Social Research
SOC 424 Sociological Theory
SOC 440 Teaching Sociology in the Secondary School
One of the following five courses:
SOC 213/313 African Americans Through Film
SOC 214/314 The Elderly: Lifestyles and Issues
SOC 304 Majority-Minority Relations
SOC 305 Sex and Gender in Society
SOC 310 Social Inequality
One of the following statistics courses should be taken before SOC 423:
PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research
MTH 345 Elementary Statistics
MTH 346 Statistics for Scientists.
All sociology courses must have a grade of C or better with a major grade-point average of 2.75 and an overall grade-point average of 2.75. Students are also required to pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to admission to the secondary certification program. The social studies content area test (designation: sociology-anthropology) must be passed prior to student teaching. Passing the APT (Assessment of Professional Teaching test) is required prior to certification.
EDU 104 American Education
PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
SEC 200 Introduction to Teacher Education (Quarter course)
SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
SEC 299/300 Portfolio Seminar I (Quarter course)
SEC 311/PSY 311 Educational Psychology
SEC 321 Content Area Reading in Secondary and Middle Schools (Half course)
SEC 370 Portfolio Seminar II (Quarter course)
SEC 410 Principles and Procedures in Middle and Secondary Education (prior to SOC 440)
SEC 425 Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools (Half course)
SEC 455 Student Teaching in Secondary and Middle Schools (Two courses)