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Combined Degree Program

The combined Bachelor's + Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The TEACH Program combines a College of Science and Health (CSH) undergraduate Physics major or some other disciplinary major with a graduate level College of Education (COE) Master of Education (MEd) Program.  Students graduate with a BS in their CSH disciplinary major and a MEd in Education with a State of Illinois Secondary Physics Certification. 

Students may apply to the TEACH Program during the spring of their junior year. They must enroll in the Junior Year Experiential Learning course, TCH 320 , and meet other application criteria; these include completion of at least 16 quarter credit hours at DePaul and a 3.0 GPA.  During their senior year, students are required to complete a TEACH Program capstone course, TCH 390, and three 400-level courses that count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees:

Junior Year Coursework : 4 undergraduate quarter hours required

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 320EXPLORING TEACHING IN THE URBAN HIGH SCHOOL (fulfills undergraduate Junior Year Experiential Course requirement)4

Senior Year Coursework : 4 quarter hours required

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 390CAPSTONE: INTEGRATING EDUCATION & DISCIPLINARY FOUNDATIONS (fulfills undergraduate Capstone requirement; major area may require a separate Capstone course)4

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

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 401TEACHING AS A PROFESSION IN SECONDARY SCHOOL4
TCH 414THE NATURE OF SCIENCE4
TCH 424INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY SCIENCE PEDAGOGY4

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better.

  • Physics I
  • Physics II
  • Physics III
  • Physics IV
  • Meth of Computational & Theoretical Physics I
  • Meth of Computational & Theoretical Physics II
  • 5 Physics Electives
  • Mechanics
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Multivariable Calculus I
  • Multivariable Calculus II
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry III

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 these units.

The Master’s year comprises teacher-preparation coursework that culminates with student teaching during Spring quarter. Upon graduation and the fulfilling of State of Illinois licensure requirements (which may require some additional course work in the student’s major and related fields), students are eligible to be licensed to teach Physics at the 6th-12th or 9th-12th grade levels. 

A full description of the TEACH Program can be found here.    Students interested in the TEACH Program should consult with the designated TEACH Program advisor in their home department.

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