Teacher Education

Approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

FACULTY Professors Antola Crowe, Cantu (chair), Finson, Johnson, Kasambira, Pardieck, Sattler, Wolffe; Associate Professors Arquette, Grant, Hunzicker, Kuester, Lee, Lukowiak, McMullen, Nugent, Assistant Professor McDaniel, Rios Vega, Yang.

The preparation of excellent teachers is the primary mission of the department. At Bradley, candidates are expected to become human resource specialists. The College believes that the productive educator must be an educational leader, advocate, and life-long learner. The smaller class size at Bradley, the caring attitude of the faculty, the number and variety of field experiences, and the excellent placement record of teacher education graduates make the College an exceptional place from which to launch a teaching career.

The Department of Teacher Education offers nationally recognized programs leading to a bachelor’s degree and to an Illinois state teaching license. Bachelor’s programs involve a wide range of teaching choices including K-12 Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, K-12 Music Education, Middle School Education (English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science), High School Education (Biology, Chemistry, English, Family and Consumer Science, History/Social Studies, Mathematics, and Physics), and Special Education (LBSI). In addition, we offer an endorsement program in English as a Second Language (ESL), which is embedded in most of these degree programs.

As a result of classroom instruction and field experiences in education, it is intended that teacher candidates in all of these programs will:

  • acquire knowledge and skills to differentiate instruction for students to account for individual differences;
  • gain competence in planning and presenting subject matter and evaluating the learning of students;
  • gain competence in structuring learning experiences compatible with developmental levels of students;
  • acquire the understanding and knowledge to analyze learning processes of students;
  • gain competence in the skills of classroom structure and organization;
  • develop an understanding of their responsibility as professional educators; and
  • develop the desire to continue professional growth and study.

Although the programs in teacher education are designed to meet State of Illinois teacher licensure requirements, graduates will find that they are eligible for licensure in a variety of states in addition to Illinois. Currently 36 states have signed the Interstate Licensure Agreement with Illinois and will issue a comparable entry-level license for elementary, early childhood, middle school, high school, or special education graduates. Candidates must consult with the licensure officer for details. All programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, and the unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Advancement To Degree Candidacy Required

Candidates uncertain about a career in education may take introductory education courses. Admission to most upper-level courses requires department advancement to degree candidacy status or special permission of the department chair or the departmental academic review committee. Through the freshman and sophomore years, candidates may remain in teacher education courses if their overall grade point average is not below a 2.0 or “C.” To be advanced to degree candidacy, however, the grade point averages required are a 2.50 overall and a 2.50 in education, with a grade of 2.0 (C) or better for each education course. In addition, middle school, high school, K-12 art, and K-12 music majors must also achieve a 2.50 GPA in the courses which comprise the teaching field(s). The courses that make up the concentration or major discipline and any related Bradley Core Curriculum courses will be included in the teaching field GPA. If candidates are to be considered for advancement to candidacy, they must have earned grades of not less than 2.0 (C) in ENG 101, Com 103, MTH 111 (or equivalents). There are additional requirements for advancement to candidacy beyond these minimum grade point averages, including demonstration of appropriate preprofessional behaviors. Candidates should consult with their advisors regarding these additional requirements. Under extraordinary circumstances, a waiver of the requirement may be requested for the period of one semester only.

Ordinarily, candidates make application to candidacy in their sophomore year. At the end of the semester, department faculty evaluate candidates on their academic achievements and professional growth. Continuance in the program is reviewed if at any time after advancement to candidacy a student’s overall grade point average falls below 2.50; education grade point average falls below 2.50; for high school education, K–12 art, K–12 music, middle school education, the grade point average in the teaching field(s) falls below 2.50; the student fails to demonstrate appropriate preprofessional behaviors; or other circumstances occur which would make a teacher candidate unable to be licensed. Additionally, candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal background check report and demonstrate acceptable competency on Dispositions modules. Candidates with questions about advancement to degree candidacy and maintenance of candidacy status should see their advisors in the college or the chair of the Department of Teacher Education.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is an important culminating experience for each teacher education program. It is the policy of the department that all student teaching assignments be in or immediately near Peoria, Illinois. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case petition when there are extenuating circumstances. Candidates with questions about student teaching should see the director of clinical and field experiences or the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. Student teaching and all other field experiences must be taken for a pass/fail grade.

Core Curriculum, Degree, And Licensure Requirements For Teacher Education Candidates

Brief outlines of programs are presented for the benefit of prospective candidates interested in preparing for the teaching profession. Both University degree requirements and Illinois teacher licensure requirements are included. Degree and licensure requirements differ. Programs and class schedules are to be planned each semester in consultation with the student’s academic advisor. While a student ordinarily may graduate and be licensed under the University catalog requirements in effect at the time the student becomes a teacher education candidate, the Illinois State Teacher Licensure Board may mandate changes in standards of approved teacher education programs, requiring candidates to modify or add to their original degree programs in order to be eligible for licensure upon completion of graduation requirements. As in any good program, revisions are being made continually; candidates should consult their education advisor about current program requirements.

All education courses required by the major must have a grade of C or better. For middle school, high school, and K–12 art and music education, all courses required for the teaching field must have a grade of C or better. This is a state requirement.

Although candidates are assigned an academic advisor, the ultimate responsibility for meeting the program requirements for graduation is that of the candidate. Candidates are responsible for their programs. Candidates should download a copy of the departmental handbook. A minimum of 124 hours is needed for graduation.

Illinois Licensure Tests Required

Each candidate must pass all applicable licensure tests for their major prior to licensure. Currently, the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) must be passed prior to advancement to candidacy for all majors. The applicable Illinois Content-Area test(s) must be passed prior to student teaching. The edTPA must be passed before receiving a teaching license. As with other requirements, the number and type of tests required are subject to changes implemented by the state legislature or the Illinois State Board of Education at any time prior to licensure.

Second Teaching Areas

Candidates seeking a second teaching license must have their transcript(s) evaluated for the desired license by the Licensure Officer. There is a $100.00 fee for the evaluation of the transcript, which may be applied to tuition for candidates who continue in an education program. No additional general education courses will be required provided the overall GPA is 2.5 or better. Candidates seeking middle school education license must have at least 24 hours in concentration, with at least 12 hours at the junior/senior level, and with a 2.5 or better GPA for the concentration. The 24 hours must include a methods course in the subject area. In the case of mathematics, there is a required course distribution for the 24 hours. Candidates seeking a high school education license who hold a degree in a subject for which Bradley University has a state-approved licensure program must take a minimum of 6 semester hours of courses at the 300 level or above in the subject at Bradley University. If they do not hold a degree in the subject, they must complete a major in the subject. The education courses required for each license are the same as those listed in this section of the catalog. A minimum of 12–16 semester hours, plus student teaching, must be completed at Bradley University. All coursework must be a grade of "C" or better to count toward licensure. Passage of all applicable state licensure tests is required for licensure. Address questions to the Licensure Officer.

Transcript Evaluation To Pursue Teacher Licensure

All individuals pursuing teacher licensure credentials, such as a Second Bachelor’s/Teacher Licensure, or Licensure Only, should apply online to transfer admissions. Individuals should indicate their area of teaching interest. The Licensure Officer will work with admissions.

Licensure Only: Individuals who are currently Illinois state licensed teachers and who wish to pursue an additional teaching endorsement will enroll as a Graduate Student at Large at either the undergraduate or graduate level (if they are pursuing a graduate degree). Licensure courses are offered at the undergraduate level of instruction

Early Childhood Education Majors With ESL Endorsement (Birth Through Grade 2)

Elementary Education With ESL Endorsement (grades 1–6)

Middle School Education with ESL Endorsement (grades 5–8)

High School Education (grades 9-12)

Special K–12 (Art Education, Music Education)

Learning Behavior Specialist I With ESL Endorsement

Early Childhood Education Majors With ESL Endorsement (Birth Through Grade 2)

Bradley Core Requirements

Communication Skills

  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 300, 301, 304, 305, or 306 Advanced Writing - 3 hrs.

Mathematics

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.

Science

  • SCI 100, 101, 102, 103, or 104 Science Through Inquiry - 4 hrs.
  • Science electives - 8 hrs. SR and BS requirements

Coursework must include at least one laboratory science.
Education majors need 12 hours of science, including life, physical and earth/space science.

Humanities

  • Fine Arts (ART 131, MUS 109) - 3 hrs.
  • USA History – HU (HIS 300, 303-307)* - 3 hrs.

Social & Behavioral Sciences

  • American Government (PLS 105) - 3 hrs.
  • Economics (ECO 100, 221, or 222) – 3 hrs.

Global Perspectives

  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families and Communities - 0 hrs.

Multidiscipline Inquiry

  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States - 0 hrs.

Total hours: 36

Further Courses for the Balanced Curriculum

  • ETE 260 Children’s Literature - 0 hrs.
  • ETE 107 Conceptualizing Math for Teachers I - 0 hrs.
  • ETE 108 Conceptualizing Math for Teachers II - 0 hrs.
  • Grammar/Linguistics (ENG 311 or 312) - 3 hrs.
  • Geography (HIS 336 or 337)) - 3 hrs.
  • THE 335 Theatre for Children and Creative Dramatics - 3 hrs.

Total hours: 9

Professional Education Requirements

    • ETE 100 Technology Applications - 1 hr.
    • ETE 107 Conceptualizing Math for Teachers I - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 108 Conceptualizing Math for Teachers II - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 116 Field Experience - Schools and Schooling - 1 hr.
    • ETE 120 Early Childhood Professional Roles and Responsibilities - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 194 Physical Education in the P-6 Schools - 1 hr.
    • ETE 196 Fine Arts in the P-6 Schools - 2 hrs.
    • ETE 210 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 215 Strategies for Effective Teaching - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 234 Language Development - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 235 Methods of Teaching English Language Learners – 3 hrs.
    • ETE 236 Assessment of English Language Learners – 3 hrs.
    • ETE 237 Practicum for Teaching English Learners I – 1 hr.
    • ETE 238 Practicum for Teaching English Learners II – 1 hr.
    • ETE 239 Practicum for Teaching English Learners III – 1 hr.
    • ETE 260 Children’s Literature - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 270 Physical Development and Health– 1 hr.
    • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families and Communities - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 304 Early Childhood Novice Teaching Experience - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 310 Teacher Performance Assessment - 1 hr.
    • ETE 322 Emergent Literacy: Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum – 3 hrs.
    • ETE 324 Early Childhood Special Education Methods – 3 hrs.
    • ETE 328 Early Childhood Methods - 6 hrs.
    • ETE 345 Guiding Learners: Creating Safe, Inclusive Learning Environments - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 443 Early Childhood Assessment - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 485 Early Childhood Profession: Reflective Practices - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 497 Student Teaching in Early Childhood - 12 hrs.

Total hours: 79

Minimal total hours: 124

NoteEarly Childhood Education program has the English Language Learner endorsement embedded. Early Childhood Education program has the Early Childhood Special Education Approval embedded.

Elementary Education With ESL Endorsement Majors (Grades 1–6)

Bradley Core Requirements

Communication Skills

  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 101 - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 300, 301, 304, 305, or 306 - 3 hrs.

Mathematics

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.

Science

  • SCI 100, 101, 102, 103, or 104 Science Through Inquiry - 4 hrs.
  • Science electives - 8 hrs. SR and BS requirements

Coursework must include at least one laboratory science.
Education majors need 12 hours of science, including life, physical and earth/space science.

Humanities

  • Fine Arts (ART 131, MUS109) - 3 hrs.
  • USA History – HU (300, 303-307) - 3 hrs.

Social & Behavioral Sciences

  • American Government (PLS 105) - 3 hrs.
  • Economics (ECO 100, 221, or 222) – 3 hrs.

Global Perspectives

  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families and Communities - 0 hrs.

Multidiscipline Inquiry

  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States - 0 hrs.

Total hours: 36

Further Courses for the Balanced Curriculum

  • ETE 260 Children’s Literature - 0 hrs.
  • ETE 107 Conceptualizing Math for Teachers I - 0 hrs.
  • ETE1 08 Conceptualizing Math for Teachers II - 0 hrs.
  • Grammar/Linguistics (ENG 311/312) - 3 hrs.
  • Geography (HIS 336/337) - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 109 College Algebra - 3 hrs.*
  • THE 335 Children's Theatre - 3 hrs.

Total hours: 9–12

*College Algebra may be waived in several ways. Students should consult with their advisor.

Professional Education Requirements

  • ETE 100 Technology Applications - 1 hr.
  • ETE 107 Conceptualizing Math for Teachers I - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 108 Conceptualizing Math for Teachers II - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 116 Field Experience - Schools and Schooling - 1 hr.
  • ETE 194 Physical Education in the P-6 Schools - 1 hr.
  • ETE 196 Fine Arts in the P-6 Schools - 2 hrs.
  • ETE 210 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 215 Strategies for Effective Teaching - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 230 Adapting Curriculum to Support Inclusive Environments - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 234 Language Development - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 235 Methods of Teaching English Language Learners – 3 hrs.
  • ETE 236 Assessment of English Language Learners – 3 hrs.
  • ETE 237 Practicum for Teaching English Learners I – 1 hr.
  • ETE 238 Practicum for Teaching English Learners II – 1 hr.
  • ETE 239 Practicum for Teaching English Learners III – 1 hr.
  • ETE 260 Children’s Literature - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 270 Physical Development and Health - 1 hr.
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families and Communities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 306 Novice Teaching Experience 1-6 - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 310 Teacher Performance Assessment - 1 hr.
  • ETE 313 Methods of Teaching Literacy I: Reading, Writing, and Language Arts K–2 – 3 hrs.
  • ETE 315 Methods of Teaching Literacy II: Reading, Writing, and Language Arts 3–8 – 3 hrs.
  • ETE 335 Methods of Teaching Social Studies 1-6 - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 336 Methods of Teaching Science 1-6 - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 339 Methods of Teaching Mathematics 1-6 - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 345 Guiding Learners: Creating Safe, Inclusive Learning Environments - 3 hrs.
  • One Student Teaching Course:
    • ETE 494 Student Teaching for LBS I and 1-6 12 hrs. OR
    • ETE 495 Student Teaching in Early Childhood & 1-6 12 hrs. OR
    • ETE 498 Student Teaching 1-6 - 12 hrs.

Total hours: 76

Minimal total hours: 121*

*124 hours are required to graduate.

Note: Elementary Education program has the English Language Learner endorsement embedded.

Change Of College And Curriculum

Candidates who enter the University in the AEP program or another major may change their major to any of the teacher education programs only if their overall grade point average is a minimum of 2.50. Candidates wishing to enter one of the middle school, high school education or K-12 programs must also have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in concentration or major courses.

Middle School Education With ESL Endorsement (Grades 5–8)

Bradley Core Requirements

Communication Skills

  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 300, 301, 304, 305, or 306 Advanced Writing - 3 hrs.

Mathematics

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.

Science

  • Science – Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science – 3 hrs.
  • Hours for Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts - 6 hrs.

Fine Arts

  • Fine Arts Choice from Bradley Core - 3 hrs.

Humanities

  • Humanities Choice from Bradley Core - 3 hrs.

Social & Behavior

  • Choice from Bradley Core (PLS 105) - 3 hrs.

Global Perspectives

  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families and Communities - 0 hrs.

Multidiscipline Inquiry

  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States - 0 hrs.

Electives for the Bradley Core

  • Choice from Bradley Core – 6 hrs.

Total hours: 42

Further courses from the English Department

  • ENG 311 Introduction to Language or ENG 312 English Grammar – 3 hrs.

Total hours: 3

Education Courses for the Program               

  • ETE 100 Technology Applications - 1 hr.
  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 116 Field Experience - Schools and Schooling in American Society - 1 hr.
  • ETE 210 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 216 Effective Planning and Instruction for Teaching - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 227 Development of the Early Adolescent - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 228 Strategies for Middle School - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 230 Adapting Curriculum to Support Inclusive Environments - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 234 Language Development - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 235 Methods of Teaching English Language Learners - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 236 Assessment of English Language Learners - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 237 Practicum for Teaching English Learners I - 1 hr.
  • ETE 238 Practicum for Teaching English Learners II - 1 hr.
  • ETE 239 Practicum for Teaching English Learners III - 1 hr.
  • ETE 260 Children's Literature - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 270 Physical Development and Health - 1 hr. 
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, And Communities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 307 Novice Teaching Experience in Grades 5–8 - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 310 Teacher Performance Assessment - 1 hr.
  • ETE 315 Methods of Literacy II: Reading, Writing and Language Arts Grades 3–8 - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 345 Guiding Learners: Creating Safe, Inclusive Learning Environments - 3 hrs.
  • One of the methods courses that corresponds with the concentration:
    • ETE 355 Methods of Teaching Middle School Social Studies - 3 hrs. or
    • ETE 356 Methods of Teaching Middle School Science - 3 hrs. or
    • ETE 357 Methods of Teaching Middle School Mathematics - 3 hrs. or
    • ENG 391 Methods of Teaching Writing - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 365 Teaching Reading Within the Content Areas - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 371 Secondary Assessment and Technology - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 491 Student Teaching 5–8 12 hrs.

Total hours: 70

Concentration Hours in Math, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, or General Science: 31-40

Note: Some of the hours are also in the Bradley Core and/or the Education Courses, bringing the total number down to that listed in the Grand Total. The variation is due to the courses that can fit into the Bradley Core, the Education courses, and the number of hours required for the concentration.

Grand total hours: 121-131*

*124 hours are required to graduate.

Note: Middle School program has the English Language Learner endorsement embedded.

Areas Of Concentration

Candidates majoring in Middle School education are required to complete between 31 and 40 hours of study to complete one of the concentrations. Unless noted, courses taken to meet other program requirements may not be used to complete the Area of Concentration requirement.

English/Language Arts

The English/Language Arts concentration has 13 topic areas requiring one specific course or a choice of courses, for a total 40 hours, as outlined below.

  1. Writing: ENG 101 English Composition – 3 hrs.
  2. Advanced Writing: ENG 300, ENG 301, ENG 304, ENG 305, or ENG 306 – 3 hrs.
  3. Literacy Methods for All: ETE 315 Methods of Literacy II – 3 hrs.
  4. Content Reading: ETE 365 Teaching Reading Within the Content Areas – 3 hrs.
  5. English Education: ENG 180 Introduction to English Education – 1 hr.
  6. Linguistics: ENG 312 English Grammar – 3 hrs.
  7. Literary Critics: ENG 270 Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory – 3 hrs.
  8. Young Adult: ENG 320 Young Adult Literature - 3 hrs.
  9. American Literature: ENG 124, ENG 233, ENG 235, ENG 334, or ENG 336 – 3 hrs.
  10. British Literature: ENG 127, ENG 237, ENG 239, ENG 358, ENG 361, ENG 363, ENG 364, or ENG 365 – 3 hrs.
  11. Diverse Literature: ENG 129, ENG 130, ENG 190, ENG 329, ENG 330, ENG 331, ENG 331, or ENG 381 – 3 hrs.
  12. Choice of Two Other English Courses:* ENG 329-332, 334, 336, 341, 344, 358, 361, 363-365, 368, 370, 372-374, 378, 380, 381, or 385 – 6 hrs.
  13. Methods of Teaching Writing: ENG 391 Methods of Teaching Writing – 3 hrs.

Total hours: 40

* No course may be counted in more than one category. 

Note: Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses in the concentration and a 2.5 GPA in the teaching field.

General Science

The science concentration has 9 topic areas requiring one specific course or a choice of courses, for a total 36 hours, as outlined below.

  1. Science Inquiry SCI 10x - 4 hrs.
  2. Upper-Level Science Inquiry SCI 30x - 4 hrs.
  3. Physics PHY 100 or PHY 107 - 4 hrs.
  4. Astronomy AST 300 - 3 hrs.
  5. Chemistry CHM 300 - 3 hrs.
  6. Life Science BIO 101 & 102 or BIO 111 & 112 - 6 hrs.
  7. Earth Science GES 300 and GES 101 or GES 110 - 6 hrs.
  8. Chemistry CHM 100 or CHM 110 - 3 hrs.
  9. Methods ETE 356 - 3 hrs.

Total hours - 36

Note: Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses in the concentration and a 2.5 GPA in the teaching field.

Math

Required courses are the following:

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 115 Calculus (or MTH 119 or MTH 121) - 4 hrs.
  • MTH 190 Topics for Middle School – Problem Solving - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 190 Topics for Middle School – Linear Programming - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 300 Middle School Math Topics – Geometry - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 300 Middle School Math Topics – Number Theory & Algebra - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 300 Middle School Math Topics – History of Mathematics - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 107 Math For Teachers I - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 108 Math for Teachers II - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 357 Math Methods of Middle School Teachers - 3 hrs.

Total hours - 31

Note: Students must earn a grade of "C" for all courses in the concentration and a 2.5 GPA in the teaching field.

General Social Studies

The Social Studies concentration has 11 topic areas requiring one specific course or a choice of courses, for a total 36 hours, as outlined below.

    1. Anthropology ANT 101 – 3 hrs.
    2. Economics ECO 100, ECO 221, ECO 222, or Economics for Teachers – 3 hrs.
    3. World History HIS 205-208, HIS 314, HIS 321-327, HIS 329-335, HIS 338, or HIS 339 – 3 hrs.
    4. Psychology PSY 101 – 3 hrs.
    5. Political Science PLS 105 and Political Science PLS 208 – 6 hrs.
    6. Sociology SOC 100 – 3 hrs.
    7. Geography HIS 336 or HIS 337 – 3 hrs.
    8. USA History I HIS 300, HIS 301, HIS 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, or HIS 311 - 3 hrs.
    9. USA History II HIS 307 or HIS 315 - 3 hrs.
    10. Change HIS 385 – 3 hrs.
    11. Methods ETE 355 Methods of Teaching Middle School Social Studies – 3 hrs.

Total hours - 36

Note: No course may be counted in more than one category.
Note: Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses in the concentration and a 2.5 GPA in the teaching field.

High School Education (Grades 9–12)

Bradley University has teacher education programs approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for the following high school education teaching areas:

High School (6-12)

  • English Language Arts 
  • Family and Consumer Science—Apparel and Textiles 
  • Family and Consumer Science—Living Environments 
  • Family and Consumer Science—Nutrition, Wellness, and Hospitality 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science—Biology 
  • Science—Chemistry 
  • Science—Physics 
  • Social Science—History and Social Studies

Requirements for High School Teaching Licenses

Bradley’s requirements for a high school teaching licenses meet the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education. These requirements comprise the following:

  1. The bachelor’s degree
  2. General education
  3. Professional education
  4. Subject matter preparation (as outlined in the catalog under the respective departments, 32 semester hours minimum).

To satisfy the State of Illinois mandates, which add field experiences prior to student teaching for programs leading to licensure, candidates will be required to enroll in pre-student field experience courses.

NOTE: The candidate for the high school teacher’s license maintains registration in the college offering the selected subject matter preparation. Usually the student’s academic major will provide the core of the teaching area preparation. However, the State of Illinois may require specific areas of preparation. Candidates must consult their education advisor. Candidates will have an advisor in both their major area of preparation and in the Department of Teacher Education.

Bradley Core Curriculum Requirements

Communication Skills

  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 300, 301, 304, 305, or 306 - 3 hrs.

Mathematics

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
  • Math or Science elective (if B.S.) - 3–6 hrs.

Science

  • Electives 6–8 hrs.
  • Science or math elective (if B.S.) [hours counted above] (3–6 hrs.)

Humanities

  • Fine Arts (ART, MUS, or THE) - 3 hrs.
  • †English (BCC literature course) - 3 hrs.
  • Non-western Civilization - 3 hrs.
  • †Humanities Elective (BCC Philosophy elective) - 3 hrs.
  • †One must meet Gen. Ed. HP requirement and one must meet HL requirement

Social Forces

  • Social Forces Electives or ETE 115 & ETE 280 (Note: ETE 115 and 280 are counted under Professional Education Requirements) - 0 hrs.
  • Western Civilization - 3 hrs.

Total: 42 hrs.

Professional Education Requirements

  • ETE 100 Technology Applications - 1 hr.
  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 116 Field Experience: Schools and Schooling in American Society - 1 hr.
  • ETE 210 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 219 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood and Effective Teaching Field Experience - 1 hr.
  • ETE 216 Effective Planning and Instruction for Teaching - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 227 Development of the Early Adolescent (optional) - (3)
  • ETE 228 Strategies for Middle School Instruction (optional) - (3)
  • ETE 270 Physical Development and Health – 1 hr.
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, and Communities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 308 Novice Teaching Experience in the High School - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 310 Teacher Performance Assessment - 1 hr.
  • ETE 345 Guiding Learners: Creating Safe, Inclusive Learning Environments - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 365 Teaching Reading Within the Content Areas - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 371 Assessment and Technology for Middle School and High School Teachers - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 499 Student Teaching in the High School - 12 hrs.

Special Methods

Choose course appropriate to candidate’s major.*

  • ETE 373 Methods of Teaching High School Mathematics - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 374 Methods of Teaching High School Science - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 375 Methods of Teaching High School Social Studies - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 378 Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences - 3 hrs.

*English majors have methods courses offered by the English Department.

Total: 41–44hrs.

Major minimum: 32 hrs.

Additional electives as needed for specific teaching area: 0–12 hrs.

Grand total: 124 hrs. minimum 

English Language Learners Endorsement

For those candidates who are interested in English Language Learner endorsement, which would enable the graduate to teach and work with English Language Learners, the following courses are required. These courses may or may not be part of your major or program.

  • ETE 234 Language Development – 3 hrs.
  • ETE 235 Methods of Teaching English Language Learners – 3 hrs.
  • ETE 236 Assessment of English Language Learners – 3 hrs.
  • ETE 237 Practicum for Teaching English Learners I – 1 hr.
  • ETE 238 Practicum for Teaching English Learners II – 1 hr.
  • ETE 239 Practicum for Teaching English Learners III – 1 hr.
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, and Communities - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 311 Introduction to Language OR ENG 312 English Grammar – 3 hrs. 

Middle School Endorsement

For those high school education majors (graduating by December 2017) interested in obtaining the State of Illinois middle school endorsement, which would enable them to teach grades 5–8, the following courses are required in addition to the major.

  • ETE 227 Development of the Early Adolescent - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 228 Strategies for Middle School Instruction - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 515 Methods of Middle School Math (if MTH T major) – 3 hrs.

Special K-12 (Art, Music)

Art Education (K–12)

The candidate for the art teacher’s license maintains registration in the Slane College of Communications & Fine Arts. The Department of Art will provide the core of the teaching area preparation. Candidates will have an advisor in both the Department of Art and in the Department of Teacher Education. Candidates should contact their advisors for specific course requirements.

Bradley Core Curriculum Requirements

Coursework as required for the B.A. or B.S. degree.

Required Mathematics BCC course: 

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.

Total BCC courses: 43 hrs.

Professional Education Requirements

  • ETE 100 Technology Applications - 1 hr.
  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 116 Field Experience: Schools and Schooling in American Society - 1 hr.
  • ETE 210 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 215 Strategies for Effective Teaching - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 219 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood and Effective Teaching Field Experience - 1 hr.
  • ETE 270 Physical Development and Health - 1 hr.
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, and Communities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 303 Novice Teaching Experience in K-12 classrooms - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 310 Teacher Performance Assessment -1 hr.
  • ETE 345 Guiding Learners: Creating Safe, Inclusive Learning Environments - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 365 Teaching Reading Within the Content Areas - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 371 Assessment and Technology for Middle School and High School Teachers - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 386 Methods of Teaching K–12 Art - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 499 Student Teaching in High School - 12 hrs.

Total: 44 hrs.

Other

For specific coursework in Art, please see the Art Department/Art Education Major section of this catalog.

Music Education (K-12)

The candidate for the music teacher’s license maintains registration in the Slane College of Communications & Fine Arts. The Department of Music will provide the core of the teaching area preparation (see Department of Music). Candidates will have an advisor in both the Department of Music and in the Department of Teacher Education. Candidates should consult their music advisors for major requirements.

Bradley Core Curriculum Requirements

Coursework as required for the B.M.E. (Bachelor of Music Education) degree.

Required Mathematics BCC course: 

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.

Total BCC courses: 43 hrs.

Professional Education Requirements

  • ETE 100 Technology Applications - 1 hr.
  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 116 Field Experience: Schools and Schooling - 1 hr.
  • ETE 210 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 219 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood and Effective Teaching Field Experience - 1 hrs.
  • ETE 270 Physical Development and Health – 1 hr.
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families and Communities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 301 Novice Teaching Experience in Music Classrooms K-8 – 1 hr.
  • ETE 302 Novice Teaching Experience in High School Music – 1 hr.
  • ETE 310 Teacher Performance Assessment- 1 hr.
  • ETE 345 Guiding Learners: Creating Safe Learning Environments - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 351 Music Methods Grades K-8 for Music Majors - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 352 High School Music Methods for Music Majors - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 365 Teaching Reading Within the Content Areas - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 493 Student Teaching in K–12 Music Education - 12 hrs.

Total professional education hours: 40

Learning Behavior Specialist With ESL Major

Bradley Core Curriculum Requirements

Communication Skills

  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 300, 301, 304, 305, or 306 - 3 hrs.

Mathematics

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.

Science

  • *FS SCI 100, 101, 102, 103, or 104 Science Through Inquiry - 4 hrs.
  • *Science electives - 8 hrs.

Coursework must include at least one laboratory science. LBSI majors need 12 hours of science, including life, physical and earth/space science. 

World Language

  • Must present credit for two years of college-level world language or its equivalent if BA.

Humanities and Social Forces

  • Fine Arts (ART, MUS, or THE) - 3 hrs.
  • Humanities - 3 hrs.
  • Non-Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
  • Gen. Ed. Social Forces (ETE 115 is counted under Professional Education Component) or ETE 115 - 0 hrs.
  • Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, and Communities - 0 hrs.

Total: 39 hrs.

Further Courses for the ESL Endorsement

  • ENG 311/312 Linguistics/Grammar - 3 hrs.

Total: 3 hrs.

Professional Education Requirements

Professional Education Component

  • ETE 100 Technology Applications - 1 hr.
  • ETE 107 Mathematics for Teachers I - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 108 Mathematics for Teachers II - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States  - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 116 Field Experience: Schools and Schooling in American Society - 1 hr.
  • ETE 210 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 215 Strategies for Effective Teaching - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 235 Methods of Teaching English Language Learners - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 237 Practicum for Teaching English Learners I - 1 hr.
  • ETE 238 Practicum for Teaching English Learners II - 1 hr.
  • ETE 239 Practicum for Teaching English Learners III - 1 hr.
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, and Communities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 313 Methods of Literacy I: Reading, Writing and Language Arts Grades 1-2 - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 315 Methods of Literacy II: Reading, Writing and Language Arts Grades 3-8- 3 hrs.
  • ETE 335 Methods of Teaching Social Studies 1-6 - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 336 Methods of Teaching Science 1-6 - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 339 Methods of Teaching Mathematics 1-6 - 3 hrs.

Total: 44 hrs.

Special Education for LBS I

  • ETE 230 Adapting Curriculum to Support Inclusive Environments – 3 hrs
  • ETE 234 Language Development - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 291 Assistive Technology for Individuals with Special Needs - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 305 Novice Teaching Experience for LBSI Setting - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 310 Teacher Performance Assessment - 1
  • ETE 345 Guiding Learners: Creating Safe, Inclusive Learning Environments - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 391 Characteristics and Methods for Learners with Developmental Disabilities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 393 Characteristics and Methods for Learners with Emotional and Learning Disabilities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 395 High School Special Education - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 425 Life Planning for Learners with Exceptionalities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 426 Assessment for Learners with Exceptionalities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 445 Multidisciplinary Collaboration - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 496 Student Teaching for LBS I - 12 hrs.

Total: 46 hrs.

Total professional education: 90 hrs.

Minimum total hours for LBS I major: 129 hrs.

Note: The ESL Endorsement is embedded in LBS program.

Early Childhood Special Education Approval

For those LBSI majors who want the ECE Special Education Approval, the following courses may be added to your program:

  • ETE 324 Early Childhood Special Education Methods - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 433 Early Childhood Assessment - 3 hrs.