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Combined Degree in Secondary Education Mathematics (MEd)

The TEACH: Secondary Education Mathematics pro​gram combines a College of Science and Health (CSH) undergraduate Mathematical Sciences degree with a graduate-level College of Education (COE) Master's in Education degree. Students graduate with either a BA or BS in Mathematical Sciences and an MEd in Education with a Professional Educator License and math endorsement in Secondary Education Mathematics (grades 9-12 or 6-12) in the State of Illinois.

This combined degree program of the College of Science and Health and the College of Education was collaboratively developed and is governed and taught by faculty from both​​ units. The program features the integration of disciplinary content with educational foundations and pedagogical content knowledge. The Junior Year Experiential Learning course, Senior Capstone course, and the three double-counted undergraduate/graduate courses offer students a seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate studies and from major-field coursework to teacher-preparation coursework.​ The 5th-year Master’s level coursework builds on students’ undergraduate experiences through a series of integrated courses that include consistent and long-term field experiences culminating in a student-teaching experience during the Spring of students’ fifth year.​

Criteria for admission to the TEACH Program

During Junior Year

  • Junior standing (88 or more credit hours)
  • Declared, relevant CSH major
  • Completion of at least 16 credit hours here at DePaul
  • Completion of TCH 320 (JYEL course)
  • Overall gpa of 3.0

Application process

  • Submit a completed COE application form
  • Submit DePaul University unofficial transcripts
  • Submit two letters of recommendation  (at least one from a faculty member in disciplinary major)
  • Submit a 750-word essay on teaching interests and goals    

A subcommittee of the Program’s Coordinating Committee with expertise in the student’s undergraduate disciplinary major reviews all applications. Upon acceptance to the Program, students will be notified via email and letter and assigned a CSH disciplinary advisor and COE academic advisor. 

Admission to the TEACH Program does not constitute admission to the 5th Year Master’s level coursework. 

Criteria for admission to 5th year Master’s year

Upon completion of undergraduate major program

  • Completion of undergraduate degree audit
  • Completion of TCH sequence and capstone coursework (during Senior Year)
  • Completion of ISBE Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (during Senior Year or earlier)
  • Completion of COE Technology skills assessment (EDU 025) (during Senior Year or earlier)
  • Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA

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Course Requirements

All students need to have sufficient knowledge of the subject they will be teaching. Illinois State Board of Education requires a minimum of 48 quarter hours (32 semester hours) in the content area subject. Typically these requirements are met concurrently with the completion of the CSH undergraduate degree program. Prior to admission to the 5th Year Master’s Year, students must meet with their CSH academic advisor to complete an undergraduate degree audit that will include an official written content area evaluation. Any areas of deficiency must be completed prior to beginning student teaching.

Content Area Requirements for Secondary Mathematics Education:

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Intro to Math Reasoning
    or Discrete Math I and Discrete Math II
  • Multivariable Calculus I
  • Multivariable Calculus II
  • Linear Algebra
  • Programming Language
  • Abstract Algebra I
  • Theory of Numbers |
    or Abstract Algebra II
  • Geometry I
  • Geometry II
    or Real Analysis I
  • Probability & Statistics
  • History of Mathematics

Junior Year Coursework: 4 undergraduate quarter hours required

Senior Year Coursework: 4 quarter hours required

Undergraduate/Graduate Double-Counted Courses: 12 undergraduate/graduate quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

5th Year Master’s Year Coursework, excluding Student Teaching: 32 graduate quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Student Teaching: 8 graduate quarter hours required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. It is a non-credit, non-tuition course.

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education Math students must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. Test is required to qualify for Advanced Standing. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Mathematics Content Area Test (test #115) – assesses knowledge of processes and applications of mathematics. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

Field Experiences​

Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education/Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. The field experiences must include a variety of grade levels, multicultural experiences, and a minimum of 15 hours in special education settings. All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching. Students should enter field experience hours into the FEDS system upon completion of each course with field experience requirements. For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.

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