BA in Urban Education

Degree Requirements

In the first two years of study, students in the BA in Urban Education program will take the Urban Education Core Curriculum. This curriculum is characterized by the following:

  • completion of the campus General Education course requirements which focus on a broad liberal arts education;
  • development of an individualized, advisor-approved specialization for students only interested in a 1–6 endorsement; or development of a licensure-approved specialization for students interested in an additional endorsement;
  • completion of a set of foundational courses in professional education.

Semester Hour Requirements

Summary of Requirements
Core Curriculum Requirements (including Area of Specialization)58-61
Elementary Education Course Requirements63
Total Hours121-124

Core Curriculum Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Understanding the Creative Arts course: English (ENGL) Literature course approved for this category and by the advisor a3
GEOG 161Introduction to Economic Geography e,g3
POLS 101Introduction to American Government and Politics b,e3
Select one of the following:3
Early America: From Colonization to Civil War and Reconstruction b,c
Modern America: From Industrialization to Globalization b,c
Two Analyzing the Natural World courses:8
Physical Systems in Earth and Space Science (required) d
Chemical and Biological Systems (required) d
MATH 140Arithmetic and Algebraic Structures4
MATH 141Algebraic and Geometric Structures4
Area of Specialization (See note below)12-15
ED 100Introduction to Urban Education b,e3
ED 151College Connection I f2
ED 152College Connection II f1
ED 307Nature and Practices of Natural Sciences3
ED 205Introduction to Race, Ethnicity, and Education b,e3
EPSY 255Child Development in Contemporary Society3
Total Hours58-61

Note: The number of semester hours required depends on the area of specialization and the grade band(s). ISBE requires students interested in obtaining an advanced grades 5–8 endorsement take 21 semester hours in their area of specialization and a 3-semester-hour content methods course. Students must meet with academic advisor for a list of required courses for the area of specialization.

a

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of courses in this category

b

This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category.

c

This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category.

d

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

e

This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.

f

ED 151 and ED 152 are required courses, but the hours do not count toward the total hours required for graduation.

g

 This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.

Areas of Specialization

Students should consult the Office of Student Services for a list of courses in their area of specializations.

Elementary Education Concentration Requirements

Required Courses
EPSY 405Educational Assessment and Evaluation3
CI 401Methods of Reading: Early Literacy in Urban Classrooms (an Classrooms)3
CI 402Reading and Writing in the Content Areas: Intermediate Literacy in Urban Classrooms3
CI 403Literacy in the Disciplines: Adolescent Literacy in Urban Classrooms3
CI 404Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Urban Elementary Classroom3
CI 405Teaching and Learning Science in the Urban Elementary Classroom3
CI 406Teaching and Learning Social Sciences in the Urban Elementary Classroom3
ED 350Introduction to Urban Communities and Schools: Fieldwork I3
ED 351Becoming a Culturally Responsive Educator in the Urban Classroom: Fieldwork II4
ED 416Practical Inquiry I: Teacher Competencies and Performance-Based Assessment3
ED 417Practical Inquiry II: Teacher Competencies and Performance-Based Assessment3
ED 450Pre-Student Teaching in the Urban Elementary Classroom, Fieldwork III: Arts, Health, and Physical Ed4
ED 451Student Teaching in the Urban Elementary Classroom: Fieldwork IV12
SPED 416Methods of Instruction for Exceptional Learners3
CI 470Language, Culture, and Learning in Urban Classrooms4
Advanced Endorsement Electives6
Total Hours63

Note: The number of semester hours required depends on the area of specialization and the grade band(s). ISBE requires students interested in obtaining an advanced grades 5–8 endorsement take an additional endorsement course. Students must meet with academic advisor for a list of required courses for the area of specialization.

Student Teaching Requirement

Student teaching is completed in both semesters of the senior year with more emphasis on the last semester. Minimum requirements for student teaching include senior standing; 3.00/4.00 GPA in the professional course work; a grade of C or higher in all course work required for licensure; courses taken for a credit/no credit option are not applicable towards licensure; satisfactory completion of fieldwork as assessed by university field instructors and school mentor teachers. Furthermore, it is required that students meet the following additional criteria: approval of the program faculty through review of performance according to the GPA; Council of Education (CTE) Conceptual Framework; development of the Teaching Portfolio; and the passing of the required state tests. EE candidates should also consult the State Teacher Licensure section below. The edTPA is required during student teaching.

Courses to be completed successfully prior to student teaching include the following:

Required Courses
University General Education
Introduction to Urban Education
Methods of Reading: Early Literacy in Urban Classrooms
Nature and Practices of Natural Sciences
Reading and Writing in the Content Areas: Intermediate Literacy in Urban Classrooms
Literacy in the Disciplines: Adolescent Literacy in Urban Classrooms
Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Urban Elementary Classroom
Teaching and Learning Science in the Urban Elementary Classroom
Teaching and Learning Social Sciences in the Urban Elementary Classroom
Language, Culture, and Learning in Urban Classrooms
Introduction to Urban Communities and Schools: Fieldwork I
Becoming a Culturally Responsive Educator in the Urban Classroom: Fieldwork II
Child Development in Contemporary Society
Methods of Instruction for Exceptional Learners
Educational Assessment and Evaluation a
a

Must be taken during the first semester of the senior year and during the first practicum of student teaching.

State Teacher Licensure

The curricula for the preparation of elementary and secondary school teachers as listed in this catalog have been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the university.

Council on Teacher Education

The Council on Teacher Education (CTE) is responsible for coordinating teacher education programs throughout the University of Illinois at Chicago and for maintaining relationships with the Illinois State Board of Education.

Decisions about licensure are a joint effort of a candidate’s program, the Council on Teacher Education (CTE), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The program coordinator and faculty have the main responsibility for ensuring that candidates are prepared to become teachers and are, thus, entitled to apply for licensure. They approve qualifications before the CTE begins its process of evaluation. The CTE’s licensure officer entitles an individual to apply for a license at the state level. The CTE checks that candidates have met state requirements, such as passing the required state-level tests and completing the course, assessment, and grade requirements stipulated by the program as addressing state objectives. Teacher candidates must successfully complete the Education Test of Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) in order to be licensed. ISBE makes the final decision about whether or not a candidate receives licensure based upon the information it receives from the institution and a candidate’s application.

State Examinations

Prior to licensure, the candidate must also pass a series of examinations required by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) must be passed prior to applying for candidacy in the teacher education program.  A minimum ACT composite score of 22 and a minimum of 6 or higher on the Writing portion (for ACT tests taken on or after September 9, 2016) , or a SAT composite score of 1110 or higher (evidence-based reading and writing + and mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a writing language score of 26 or higher may be substituted in place of the TAP (for SAT tests taken on or after March 5, 2016). The tests must have been taken within 10 years of application. The Illinois Content Area Test must be passed before the candidate is allowed to student teach. The Educational Test of Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) must be passed prior to licensure. These tests are administered and monitored by the State of Illinois. The candidate is responsible for meeting this requirement. See the NES website http://www.il.nesinc.com for the available test dates, registration information, and study guides. Registration information can also be found in the Council on Teacher Education. Students and candidates must take the tests in sufficient time for the results to accompany the appropriate application.

Program Pass Rates

In accordance with the public disclosure requirements of Title II of the Higher Education Act, the University of Illinois at Chicago reports that teacher education program completers scored as follows on the two assessments required by the state for teacher licensure. During the 2015–2016 academic year, UIC program completers had a 100% pass rate on the two required exams, Test of Academic Proficiency and Content Area Test. For both years, the statewide pass rate on the required exam was 100%.

Student Teaching

All TCs must apply to the Chicago Public Schools prior to any fieldwork. This registration process includes a background check (Illinois State Police and FBI). In order to student teach, TC’s must apply to both the CTE and the Chicago Public Schools. The application to the CTE includes documentation of a passed TB test and a passed Content Area Test. Then, in order to student teach within the Chicago Public Schools, TCs must complete a separate CPS registration packet, which includes another criminal background check. TCs are expected to bear the expense of both the TB test and the criminal background check. Students receive instructions for both the fieldwork application and the student teaching applications from the CTE.

Middle School Licensure

Middle Grades Endorsement is offered as an advanced endorsement in Grades 5–8. Please consult the program advisor for additional information to see how the advanced Grades 5–8 endorsement can be added to the initial Professional Educator License.

Other Licensure Policies (or Requirements)

Per legislation signed in August 2011, the Illinois State Board of Education no longer requires Teacher Education candidates to prepare and sign form 73-91 (Notice of Intent to Become a United States Citizen) or, to verify their legal presence and eligibility for employment in the United States. All candidates will apply for their teaching credential online via the Educator Licensure System. Please note that, in some cases, the State of Illinois will not issue a teaching credential to an individual who has been convicted of a criminal offense. A candidate who has been convicted of an offense should notify his/her advisor immediately.

Sample Curriculum Plan for the BA in Urban Education

Core Curriculum Guide

Note: Suggested sequencing guide for students seeking to complete the BA in Urban Education in four years. Below is the sequencing guide for the Core Curriculum, years one and two for BA in Urban Education students.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
ED 100 Introduction to Urban Education (with 30-hour fieldwork component) 3
HIST 103
Early America: From Colonization to Civil War and Reconstruction
or Modern America: From Industrialization to Globalization
3
MATH 140 Arithmetic and Algebraic Structures 4
ED 151 College Connection I a 2
 Hours13
Second Semester
ED 205 Introduction to Race, Ethnicity, and Education 3
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
MATH 141 Algebraic and Geometric Structures 4
Understanding the Creative Arts course: English (ENGL) Literature course approved for this category and by the advisor 3
ED 152 College Connection II a 1
Area of Specialization 3
 Hours16
Sophomore Year
First Semester
NATS 105 Physical Systems in Earth and Space Science (required for Analyzing the Natural World category) 4
GEOG 161 Introduction to Economic Geography 3
POLS 101 Introduction to American Government and Politics (required for Understanding U.S. Society category) 3
Area of Specialization 3
Area of Specialization 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
NATS 106 Chemical and Biological Systems (required for Analyzing the Natural World category) 4
ED 307 Nature and Practices of Natural Sciences 3
EPSY 255 Child Development in Contemporary Society 3
Area of Specialization 3
Area of Specialization b 3
 Hours13-16
Junior Year
First Semester
CI 401 Methods of Reading: Early Literacy in Urban Classrooms 3
CI 404 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Urban Elementary Classroom 3
CI 405 Teaching and Learning Science in the Urban Elementary Classroom 3
ED 350 Introduction to Urban Communities and Schools: Fieldwork I 3
SPED 416 Methods of Instruction for Exceptional Learners 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
CI 402 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas: Intermediate Literacy in Urban Classrooms 3
CI 470 Language, Culture, and Learning in Urban Classrooms 4
CI 406 Teaching and Learning Social Sciences in the Urban Elementary Classroom 3
ED 351 Becoming a Culturally Responsive Educator in the Urban Classroom: Fieldwork II 4
Second Endorsement or Elective c 3
 Hours17
Senior Year
First Semester
CI 403 Literacy in the Disciplines: Adolescent Literacy in Urban Classrooms 3
ED 416 Practical Inquiry I: Teacher Competencies and Performance-Based Assessment 3
ED 450 Pre-Student Teaching in the Urban Elementary Classroom, Fieldwork III: Arts, Health, and Physical Ed 4
EPSY 405 Educational Assessment and Evaluation 3
Second Endorsement or Elective c 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
ED 417 Practical Inquiry II: Teacher Competencies and Performance-Based Assessment 3
ED 451 Student Teaching in the Urban Elementary Classroom: Fieldwork IV 12
 Hours15
 Total Hours121-124
a

ED 151 and ED 152 are required courses, but the hours do not count toward the total hours required for graduation.

b

Students who are interested in pursuing an advanced endorsement in Grades 5–8 are required to register for 21 hours of coursework in their area of specialization and a 3-hour content methods course. Students who are only pursuing the Grades 1–6 PEL are required to register for 18 hours.

c

Students who are interested in pursuing an advanced endorsement in Grades 5–8 are required to register for specific course work that leads to the endorsement.