Mandated/Recommended Units of Study

Following is a list of areas of study that are mandated by the Illinois School Code and Illinois Administrative Code. This information should be used as a guide with the understanding that it is subject to change with any session of the Illinois General Assembly. Unless specified, “elementary” includes grades K-8.

Abduction Education-(105 ILCS 5/27-13.2)

Every public school K-8th at some point

AED/CPR training required in high school
PA 98-0632

Training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) will be included in curricula for all secondary schools in the state.

Amer. Patriotism and Gov’t-(105 ILCS 5/27-3,27-21)

All grade levels

Anabolic Steroid Abuse Prevention-(105 ILCS 5/27-23.3)

7th-12th grades and interscholastic athletes


K-8th time discretion of district
HS 1 year choice

Black History-(105 ILCS 5/27-20.4)

Every school at some point

Cancer Instruction (105 ILCS 110/3)

Every School at some point

Career Education-(23 IAC 1.420i, 1.430a)

Every School at some point

Character Education-(105 ILCS 27-12)

Every public school teacher teaches

Civics Education (105 ILCS 1/27-20.4)

At least one semester in high school

Congressional Medal of Honor Video (105 ILCS 5/27-3.5)

7th grade, HS Hist/Gov.

Conservation of Nat’l. Resources-(105 ILCS 5/27-13.1)

Every public school at some point

Consumer Ed. (Gr. 9-12)-(105 ILCS 5/27-12.1)

High School

Cursive Writing (105 ISCS 5/27-20.7)

Min. 1 unit of instruction by end of 5th grade. New beginning 2018/2019 school year.

Drug & Substance Abuse Education-(105 ILCS 5/27-13.2)

K-8th each grade level

Foreign Language

K-8th time discretion of district
High school choice

Health Education (105 ILCS 110) (23 IAC 1.420i, 1.430a)

K-6th each grade, JH equivalent of 1 semester, HS equivalent of 1 semester

History of disabilities, people with disabilities, and disabilities rights movement, (105 ILCS 5/27-23.8)

No grade or time specified but done in each district

Holocaust/Genocide Ed-(105 ILCS 5/27-20.3)

Every school at some point

Internet Safety Instruction (105 ILCS 5/27-13.3)

3rd-12th grades

Language Arts

All grades K-8th
3 years HS


All grades K-8th
3 years HS

Media/Library Services-(23 IAC 1.420.o)

Provide program of Library/Media services for all students


All grades K-8th
1 years HS

Newborn Infant Protection Act (105 ILCS 110/3)

Grades 6-12 at some point in each school. Teacher Kit materials available at Part of Comprehensive Health Education Program. Illinois Department of Children & Family Services letter to Schools' Principals can be found here.

Physical Educations (105 ILCS 5/27-6 & 7)

All grades barring IL exemptions/waivers

Reading and Communications


Role of contributions of US ethnic groups and labor unions (105 ILCS 5/27-21)


Safety Education-(105 ILCS 5/27-17)

All grade levels


All grades K-8th
1 year HS

Sex Education-(105 ILCS 5/27-9.1)

Grades 6th-12th at some point in each school

Sexual Abuse (105 ILCS 5/10-23.13)

District may include age-appropriate curriculum for students in pre-K through 5th grade(Erin's Law)
The District provides 5 days advance notice to parents prior to offering any class or course in reconising and avoiding sexual abuse to pupils in grades kindergarten thought 8th.

Sexual Assault Awareness (105 ILCS 110/3)

All grades PK-12

Social Studies

All grade K-8th
2 years HS

Study of the events related to the forceful removal and illegal deportation of Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression. (105 ILCS 5/27-21)

Included as part of US History instruction in a school.

Teen Dating Violence (105 ILCS 110/3.10)

Grades 7th-12th

U.S. History-(105 ILCS 5/27-21)

All grade levels

United States & Illinois Constitutions-(105 ILCS 5/27-3)

All Schools - Must pass an Exam to graduate HS (not JH)

Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution (105 ILCS 5/27-23.4)

Each grade levels K-12th

Women in History (105 ILCS 5/27-20.5)

Every school at some point