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 at some grade level

AED/CPR training required for students
(105 ILCS 110/3)
PA 98-0632

HS curriculum – Comprehensive Health Education Act. CPR = Red Cross/American Heart Assoc. standards,
AED = how to use,
Training – not necessarily certification
Parents can opt kids out w/ written objection

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

All grade levels

Anabolic Steroids-(5/27-23.3)

7-12 each grade level


All grade levels

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

Elem. & HS   at some grade level

Cancer Instruction (105 ILCS 110/3)

Included in any Comprehensive Health Ed Program

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

Elem. & HS at some grade level

Character Education-(105 ILCS 27-12)

Every public school teacher

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

7th, HS Hist/Gov.

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

Every public school at some grade level

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

High School at some grade level

Districts provide instruct. on disabilities history, people with disabilities, and disabilities rights movement, (105 ILCS 5/27-23.8)

No grade or time specified but done in each district

Driver Education

High School

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

All grade levels

Foreign Language

High School

Health (23 IAC 1.420i, 1.430a)

K-6 each grade, 6-8 equivalent of a semester, HS equivalent of semester

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

Elem & HS at some grade level

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

3rd-12th all grade levels

Language Arts

All grade levels


All grade levels

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

Elem & HS at some grade level


All grade levels

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

All grade levels

Reading and Communications


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

All grade levels


All grade levels

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

In 6-8 semester health class equivalent & HS semester health class

Sexual Assault Awareness (105 ILCS 110/3)

High School

Social and Emotional Learning

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recommends that programming related to social and emotional learning be based on local needs and implemented through a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports.  Resources for incorporating social and emotional development into the district’s/school’s educational program can be found on ISBE’s “Learning Supports” ( web pages.  Pages and resources include but are not limited to:


SEL Standards (

School Climate (

Conditions for Learning Indicators (

Questions or concerns may be directed to Kelly Rauscher at


Social Studies (HS includes 1 semester of Civics-105 ILCS 5/27-22)

All grade levels

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)

All K-12th

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

All grade levels

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

Elem (including JH) & High School

Viol. Prev. and Conflict Resolution – (105 ILCS 5/27-23.4)

All grade levels K-12 somewhere in the curriculum

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

Elem & HS at some grade level