Preparation for Secondary Teaching License

Important Note: The information in this section applies to incoming students in Fall 2017 (the Class of 2021) only. Students in prior cohorts should refer to the Bulletin for their year of entry. Archives of previous Bulletins may be found here: https://www.wabash.edu/bulletin/archives/

In conjunction with its minor in Education Studies and through the 2020-21 academic year, the Department of Education Studies offers professional licensure preparation for students interested in becoming middle/high school teachers (grades 5-12).   Teaching licensure at the secondary level requires the satisfactory completion of a major (or equivalent) in a content area taught at the secondary level. Students at Wabash College may choose among approved licensure programs in the following secondary (Grades 5-12) content areas:

  • Mathematics (initial licensure also available for Middle School grades 5-8)
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (add-on licensure possible through additional preparation and testing in Middle School Science grades 5-8)
  • English/Language Arts
  • World Languages (Spanish, French)
  • Social Studies (initial licensure in Historical Perspectives, with add-on licensure possible through additional preparation and testing in other social studies fields including Economics, Geographical Perspectives, Government and Citizenship, Psychology, Sociology, and Middle School Social Studies grades 5-8).

In many content areas, specific courses within the major, as well as some additional courses from other departments, may be required to fulfill state standards for secondary teaching licensure.  The term “secondary teaching major” refers to a major in the relevant content area specifically structured to address licensure requirements. See detailed listings below for course requirements for each secondary teaching major.

Time Line

Admission to, and retention in, the Secondary Licensure Program is marked by three key Decision Points:

Decision Point #1/Admission

  • Additional materials needed for placement for student teaching are due by the end of the spring semester of the junior year. These documents typically include a professional resume, introductory letter, and transcripts. They are to be submitted to the Program Coordinator, who will forward them to secondary school(s) with request for student teaching placement. 
  • Retention Checkpoints (every semester): Throughout the remainder of enrollment, in order to be retained in the Secondary Licensure Program and approved to begin student teaching, all students admitted to the SLP must continue to meet the criteria described above. As well, students must take all remaining required courses for the licensure program, including those in the major (content-based courses), those in Education Studies, and any additional requirements for the degree and for secondary licensure in the relevant content area.

Decision Point #2/Final Approval to Begin Student Teaching:

  • All coursework, with the exception of EDU-423 student teaching completed with overall, content, and Education Studies GPA minimums met;
  • Passing score on Indiana’s CORE Content Test in the licensure area;
  • Student must be in good standing with the College.

Decision Point #3/Program Completion:  To complete the Secondary Licensure Program and to be eligible for recommendation for the Indiana Secondary Teaching License, students must continue to meet the criteria described above and successfully complete the following:

  • EDU-423 Student Teaching Practicum, including the Assessment of Student Learning (ASL) project, with a grade of no lower than a C for the course as a whole, and for any major assignment;
  • Satisfactory completion of the Program Portfolio
  • Passing score for Indiana’s CORE Pedagogy Test for Secondary Settings;
  • CPR certification
  • Suicide prevention workshop.

Title II Reporting: The passing rate for Wabash College Secondary Licensure Program completers for all required Indiana license tests was 100% in the most recent reporting year. For more information, please contact the Chair of the Department of Education Studies or the Director of the Secondary Licensure Program.

Admission

The Secondary Licensure Program requires that students officially apply in the spring of the junior year, or as soon as possible thereafter.

NOTE:  Students wishing to seek secondary licensure should seek immediate advisement with the Education Studies faculty, since the licensure program will be discontinued after the 2020-21 academic year. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Successful completion of EDU-101 Introduction to Child & Adolescent Development and at least one of the pedagogy courses with associated practicum experience:EDU-202 Middle School Methods & Literacy, Literacy in Midd. Schl Curr. and/or EDU-302 High School Methods & Diversity Educ;
  • Overall GPA for an entering cohort must average 3.0, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 for all required courses in the major/secondary licensure area, and for all required courses within the Department of Education Studies, with no grade below a C in any course.  Note that a student receiving a grade below a C in a major content area course may appeal to have one such course forgiven as long as the content of that course is not directly related to the teaching of that content at the secondary level, and other evidence of teaching competence in the relevant area is available);
  • Satisfactory recommendations from faculty in relevant content areas and programs;
  • Satisfactory completion of the Admission Portfolio (including any needed revisions);
  • Acceptable SAT or ACT scores (cut scores set by the State of Indiana) OR a passing score on the Indiana CASA (Core Academic Skills Assessment) prior to full acceptance (Students who have not yet submitted passing scores may be admitted conditionally pending receipt of official score reports.)

Requirements

Secondary Licensure Program Requirements for Education Studies Minors (9 credits total, plus required coursework for the teaching major—see Area Content Requirements tab):

Minor/Secondary Licensure Track Requirements

Educational Foundations
EDU-101Intro to Child & Adolescent Development1
EDU-201Philosophy of Education1
Curriculum and Pedagogy2
Middle School Methods & Literacy,Literacy in Midd. Schl Curr.
High School Methods & Diversity Educ
Special Topics in Educational History, Philosophy, and Policy1
Educational Policy & Evaluation
Special Topics
Content Methods.5
Content Methods:Language Arts
Content Methods:Math
Content Methods:Lab Sciences
Content Methods:Social Studies
Content Methods: World Languages
EDU-330Studies in Urban Education0.5
EDU-423Student Teaching Practicum3
Total Credits9

Sample Course Plans

typical plan

Plan of Study Grid
FreshmanCredits
EDU-101 Intro to Child & Adolescent Development 1 1
 Credits1
Sophomore
Fall Semester
EDU-201 Philosophy of Education 2 1
 Credits1
Spring Semester
EDU-202 Middle School Methods & Literacy,Literacy in Midd. Schl Curr. 4 1
 Credits1
Junior
Fall Semester
EDU-302 High School Methods & Diversity Educ 3 1
 Credits1
Spring Semester
EDU-330 Studies in Urban Education 4 0.5
EDU-240
Educational Policy Evaluation 4
or Special Topics
1
 Credits1.5
Senior
Fall Semester
Content Methods 3 .5
Content Methods:Language Arts  
Content Methods:Math  
Content Methods:Lab Sciences  
Content Methods:Social Studies  
Content Methods: World Languages  
 Credits0.5
Spring Semester
EDU-423 Student Teaching Practicum 5 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits9
1

 May also be taken in the Fall Semester of the sophomore year.

2

 Offered fall and spring semesters.

3

 Offered fall semester only.

4

 Offered spring semester only.

5

 Offered as needed.

alternate plan 

Plan of Study Grid
Sophomore
Fall SemesterCredits
EDU-101 Intro to Child & Adolescent Development 1 1
 Credits1
Spring Semester
EDU-201 Philosophy of Education 2 1
EDU-202 Middle School Methods & Literacy,Literacy in Midd. Schl Curr. 4 1
 Credits2
Junior
Fall Semester
EDU-302 High School Methods & Diversity Educ 3 1
 Credits1
Spring Semester
EDU-240
Educational Policy Evaluation 4
or Special Topics
1
EDU-330 Studies in Urban Education 4 0.5
 Credits1.5
Senior
Fall Semester
Methods 3 .5
Content Methods:Language Arts  
Content Methods:Math  
Content Methods:Lab Sciences  
Content Methods:Social Studies  
Content Methods: World Languages  
 Credits0.5
Spring Semester
EDU-423 Student Teaching Practicum 5 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits9
1

 Must be taken no later than the Fall Semester of the sophomore year for any student intending to seek licensure.

2

 Offered in the fall and spring semesters; may be taken at any point.

3

 Offered in the fall only.

4

 Offered in the spring only.

5

 Offered as needed.

Course Requirements (by content area) for Secondary Licensure Program:

NOTE: Students in any major who are pursuing the Secondary Licensure Program (SLP) must meet the College distribution and graduation requirements. Within these distribution and graduation requirements, all SLP students should take a course in oral communication (RHE-101 Public Speaking or THE-105 Introduction to Acting). Students may also be advised to take an additional writing course if they received below a C in ENG-101 Composition, or if they did not pass the writing section of the CASA Basic Skills Test.

Division I (Science and Mathematics)

According to state standards, the following courses meet Indiana Secondary Teacher Licensure (grades 5-12) or Indiana Middle School Licensure (Grades 5-9) Requirements for Science and Mathematics (effective with the entering class of 2014):

Biology (Secondary, Grades 5-12)

Fulfill departmental requirements to complete the major in biology, to include the following:

  • Where possible, and in consultation with Biology and Education Studies faculty, select Biology electives that will provide optimal alignment with content electives typically offered in Indiana secondary schools.

Chemistry (Secondary, Grades 5-12)

Fulfill departmental requirements to complete the major in chemistry, to include the following:

  • Where possible, and in consultation with Chemistry and Education Studies faculty, select Chemistry electives that will provide optimal alignment with content electives typically offered in Indiana secondary schools;   
  • Take the following additional course: BIO-111 General Biology I.

Physics (Secondary, Grades 5-12)

Fulfill departmental requirements to complete the major in physics, to include the following:

  • Where possible, and in consultation with Physics and Education Studies faculty, select Physics electives that will provide optimal alignment with content electives typically offered in Indiana secondary schools
  • Take the following additional courses: BIO-111 General Biology I and CHE-111 General Chemistry 

Mathematics (Secondary, Grades 5-12)

Fulfill departmental requirements to complete the major in mathematics, to include the following:

Core4
Calculus I
Calculus II
Elementary Linear Algebra
Abstract Algebra I
MAT-221Found of Geometry1
MAT-253Probability Models0.5
MAT-254Statistical Models0.5
MAT-108Intro to Discrete Structures 11
or MAT-219 Combinatorics
Electives1
Elem Differential Equations
Multivariable Calculus
Funct Real Variable I
1

 MAT-108 does not count towards the Mathematics Major or Minor.

Mathematics (Middle School, Grades 5-9)

Fulfill departmental requirements to complete the major in mathematics, to include the following:

Core4
Calculus I
Calculus II
Elementary Linear Algebra
Abstract Algebra I
MAT-221Found of Geometry1
MAT-253Probability Models0.5
MAT-254Statistical Models0.5
Electives1
Elem Differential Equations
Multivariable Calculus
Funct Real Variable I

OR

Fulfill departmental requirements to complete a minor in mathematics, in conjunction with a major in a content area that is mathematics-intensive (such as Economics), to include:

  • A minimum of three approved mathematics-intensive courses from the major and:
Minor Requirements3
Calc. I With Pre-Calc. Review
Calculus I
Calculus II
Elementary Linear Algebra
MAT-108Intro to Discrete Structures 11
MAT-221Found of Geometry1
MAT-224Elem Differential Equations1
MAT-253Probability Models0.5
1

  MAT-108 does not count towards the Mathematics Major or Minor.

NOTE: Math majors pursuing the Secondary Licensure Program will find that their required major courses will fit with either the pure math track or with the financial math track. Several of the courses are offered in the spring semester only, or in alternating years, so careful scheduling is vital. Students are advised to meet regularly with the Chair of the Math Department if their advisors are not faculty members in the Department of Mathematics.

Division II (Humanities)

According to state standards, the following courses meet Indiana Secondary (grades 5-12) Teacher Licensure Requirements for English/Language Arts, French, German, and Spanish:

English/Language Arts (Grades 5-12)

Fulfill departmental requirements to complete the major in English (Literature or Creative Writing track), to include the following:

  • A minimum of 3 courses in literature, with at least one each in American, World (including British), and multicultural literature and:
ENG-121Language Variation & Change0.5
ENG-122Modern Linguistics0.5
Writing Course1
Writing With Power and Grace
Writing in the Community:Grants/NonProf
Bus & Tech Writing
ENG-297Intro to the Study of Literature1
RHE-101Public Speaking1
Media Presentation and Interpretation1
Special Topics Lit/Fine Arts
Spec. Topics: Language Studies 1
Gender & Communication
1

RHE-290 Spec. Topics: Language Studies can be used when offered with a media focus or an approved alternative with a substantial media focus.

OR

Fulfill departmental requirements to complete the major in Rhetoric and the minor in English, to include the following:

  • A minimum of two ENG core courses in literature and one literature course at the 300 level, with at least one each in American, World (including British), and multicultural literature and:
RHE-101Public Speaking1
RHE-201Reasoning & Advocacy1
or RHE-220 Persuasion
Media Presentation and Interpretation1
Special Topics Lit/Fine Arts
Spec. Topics: Language Studies 1
Gender & Communication
ENG-121Language Variation & Change0.5
ENG-122Modern Linguistics0.5
ENG-202Writing With Power and Grace1
or ENG-411 Bus & Tech Writing
ENG-297Intro to the Study of Literature1
1

 RHE-290 Spec. Topics: Language Studies can be used when offered with a media focus or an approved alternative with a substantial media focus.

World Languages (Grades 5-12)

NOTE: Students licensing in Spanish or French may be required to take an oral proficiency exam at the expense of the student. Please consult with the Chair of Education Studies to make arrangements for this exam. It is suggested students take the exam during or just following the student teaching semester.

French

Fulfill departmental requirements to complete the major in French, to include:

  • Four additional culture and literature courses and:
FRE-201Intermediate French1
FRE-202French Lang:Cultural1
FRE-301Conversation & Composition1
FRE-302Intro to Literature1
FRE-401Senior Seminar in French1
MLL-121Language Variation & Change0.5
MLL-122Modern Linguistics0.5

Spanish

Fulfill departmental requirements to complete the major in Spanish, to include:

  • Four additional culture and literature courses and:
SPA-201Intermediate Spanish1
SPA-202Spanish Language & Hispanic Cultures1
SPA-301Conversation & Composition1
SPA-302Intro to Literature1
SPA-401Spanish Senior Seminar1
MLL-121Language Variation & Change0.5
MLL-122Modern Linguistics0.5

Division III (Social Sciences)

Due to the structure of social studies content at the secondary level, and especially the historical perspectives that ground government, economics, and psychology as taught at the secondary level, initial licensure is offered only in Social Studies – Historical Perspectives (Grades 5-12) and Middle School Social Studies (Grades 5-9). In addition, because of the nature of the social studies curriculum and the job market, licensure in Historical Perspectives and/or Middle School Social Studies is often required for any entry-level secondary teaching position in social studies. State and federal requirements require that students complete the equivalent of a major in the content area for which they seek initial licensure.

Add-on licensure in other social studies content area is possible via additional preparation and testing. The Departments of Economics, Political Science, and Psychology, through appropriate course selections in their minors, offer robust preparation for add-on licensure testing in those areas.  Students interested in licensing in these areas should consult with faculty in the Department of Education Studies.

History Major

Fulfill departmental requirements to complete the major in History, to include the following:

  • HIS-301 Craft & Theory of World History is strongly recommended
World History3
World History to 1500
World Hist Since 1500
World History Elective 1
US History3
U. S. to 1877
U.S. Since 1877
US History Elective 1
At least one non-western history course (Latin America, Africa, and/or Asia) 11-2
Other History Department Requirements
HIS-497Phil & Craft of Hist1
HIS-498Research Seminar1
1

 At least two elective credits must be at the 300 level

Note: Secondary (grades 5-12) licensure in Historical Perspectives and licensure in Middle School (grades 5-8) Social Studies may be possible with a major in a content area that overlaps substantially with history content requirements when it is accompanied by an appropriately designed minor and/or substantial additional coursework in history. In particular, some courses in the Departments of Religion, Political Science, and Economics may be applied toward licensure requirements for Historical Perspectives when they contain content that is historic and related to the relevant standards. Interested students should consult a faculty member in Education Studies to discuss possible paths to admission to the SLP for licensure in Historical Perspectives.