Academic Programs

Application and Matriculation Requirements

Candidates desiring to enter the Teacher Education Program should consult with their academic advisor early in their academic career to ensure that they enroll for the appropriate courses needed for admission to Teacher Education. The initial courses are EDUC 200 Preclinical Experience, and EDUC 205 History & Philosophy of Education. Transfer students who have completed a course equivalent to EDUC 205 will register for EDUC 206 Transfer Introduction to Education Seminar (TIES). At this time candidates should also take the ICTS Basic Skills Test if they have not already passed the test

Candidates must successfully meet the requirements through six (6) checkpoints to (a) be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), (b) to maintain enrollment in the TEP and (c) to successfully complete the Program with Illinois teacher certification. A seventh checkpoint is utilized by the Department of Education to follow-up with teacher candidates in their first year of teaching. This provides the Department with valuable information for on-going assessment of the Program. The seven (7) checkpoints and requirements are as follows:

Checkpoint #1: Admission into the Teacher Education Program

  • EDUC 205 History & Philosophy of Education completed with a minimum grade of a “C.” (Transfer students, who have already completed EDUC 205, must satisfactorily complete EDUC 206 Transfer Introduction to Education Seminar.)
  • EDUC 200 Preclinical Experience completed with a minimum grade of a “C.”
  • Successful completion of portfolio artifacts and rationale statements for three (3) of the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards via LiveText.
  • Successful ratings on all Professional Dispositions/Behaviors for Teacher Preparation as evidenced in EDUC 205 via LiveText. (Transfer students will provide evidence of Professional Dispositions from one methods course.)
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5
  • Successful completion of ICTS Basic Skills Test
  • Three (3) supportive letter of recommendation
  • Background check (clearance)
  • Completion of Basic Skills Core courses with a minimum grade of a “C”
  • Completion of 24 semester hours of BU courses (6 semester hours for transfer students)

Checkpoint #2: Application to Student Teaching

  • Successful completion of Preclinical Experiences
  • Senior standing (90 semester hours)
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • 2.5 GPA in Elementary Education Core classes
  • 2.5 GPA in Disciplinary Emphasis classes
  • Approved for admission into the Teacher Education Program
  • Successful completion of Elementary Education Core and Disciplinary Emphasis classes
  • Successful completion of ICTS Content Area Test
  • Successful ratings on all Professional Dispositions/Behaviors for Teacher Preparation as evidenced in all Methods courses via LiveText
  • Successful completion of portfolio artifacts for six (6) of the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards via LiveText

Checkpoint #3: Admission into Student Teaching

  • Completion of Portfolio artifacts for all eleven (11) Illinois Professional Teaching Standards via LiveText
  • Successful completion of all requirements for Checkpoint #2

Checkpoint #4: Completion of Student Teaching

  • Successful completion of student teaching including the presentation portfolio with a minimum grade of a “C.” Presentation Portfolio includes at least six (6) artifacts from student teaching via LiveText.

Checkpoint #5: Completion of Degree/Program Requirements

  • Graduation audit (no deficiencies)
  • Successful completion of Checkpoint #4

Checkpoint #6: Completion of Certification Requirements

  • Successful completion of the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) Test
  • Successful completion of Checkpoint #5
  • Successful completion of all certification requirements
  • The candidate must also be a U.S. citizen (or declaration of intent), be 19 years of age, and have no felony conviction.

Checkpoint #7: First Year Teaching

  • Successful performance on IPT standards as assessed by the teacher’s supervisor

As candidates progress through the Program, they will develop an understanding of the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, the Languages Arts Standards, the Technology Standards, and the Content-Area Standards for all Illinois teachers. In addition to successful completion of their course work, students will also develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their growth in teaching and service to education as well as their understanding of the Illinois Standards. Similarly, technology will be an integral part of their development through the use of LiveText as a part of their course work along with the preparation of their portfolio. A preparedness to teach will also be demonstrated through passage of the Illinois Certification Testing System’s (ICTS) Basic Skills Test, Content-Area Test and Assessment of Professional Teaching Test.

Candidates seeking a teaching career must have a sincere desire to teach, show intellectual promise and display personal, professional and academic characteristics indicative of competent teachers.

The Department of Education’s major goal, according to its conceptual framework, is to create effective practitioners who are committed to scholarship, lifelong inquiry, leadership and social responsibility. These enduring outcomes are developed and nurtured through the curriculum. Educators develop scholarship by acquiring a breadth and depth of knowledge in the field. As scholars, they develop lifelong inquiry by immersing themselves in a process of on-going questioning and reflection that results in informed thinking and decision-making. They assume leadership roles in a variety of venues where they can affect change and improve practice. Their leadership is guided by a sense of social responsibility to create fair and equitable environments that support and enhance learning in order to maximize each individual’s potential.