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Undergraduate Teacher Licensure

There are three different licensure programs available for undergraduates. What type of teacher license interests you?

 


Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

This program prepares teachers for preschool, kindergarten, and the early primary grades (one through three) of the elementary school. Graduates of the program qualify for the early childhood license with early childhood special education approval. A minimum of 128 semester hours of credit, excluding basic military science, is necessary for graduation. Illinois law and Council on Teacher Education policy require that all candidates for admission to a teacher preparation program pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System test of Basic Skills prior to admission.

Students apply to Early Childhood Education in the spring of their sophomore year. Students who are admitted for the fall of their junior year may be able to complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree in four years. Students who are admitted to Early Childhood Education for the fall of their senior year will need five years to satisfy the requirements for teacher licensure. In order to be recommended for licensure, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education grade point averages of 2.5 (A=4.0).

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an early childhood teacher, please make an appointment to speak to Joe Cross, Pre-Teacher Education Advisor, Office of Student Academic Affairs, College of Education, 333-2800.

Curriculum Preparatory to Elementary School Teaching
For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

This program prepares teachers for grades kindergarten through nine. A minimum of 125 semester hours, excluding basic military science, is necessary for graduation. There are six prerequisite courses that must be completed prior to admission into the Elementary Education program. Illinois law and Council on Teacher Education policy require that all candidates for admission to a teacher preparation program pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System test for Basic Skills prior to admission.

Students apply to Elementary Education in the spring of their sophomore year. Students who are admitted for the fall of their junior year may be able to complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree in four years. Students who are admitted to Elementary Education for the fall of their senior year will need five years to satisfy the requirements for teacher licensure. Students are advised that additional course work must be completed to teach departmentalized subjects in middle grades 5 through 8. In order to be recommended for licensure, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education grade point averages of 2.5 (A=4.0).

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an elementary teacher, please make an appointment to speak to Joe Cross, Pre-Teacher Education Advisor, Office of Student Academic Affairs, College of Education, 333-2800.

Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching

This minor prepares teachers of science, mathematics, social studies, and English at the middle school and high school levels. It is a component of the teaching option within the following Science and Letters majors: biology, chemistry, English, geology, history, mathematics, and physics. Enrollment is limited to candidates in these options.

Transfer into the teaching option within a major can be made only by students who have received approval to complete the minor in education. Approval for admission to the minor in education is gained by successful application to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, upon recommendation by the subject area committees of the Council on Teacher Education. Illinois law and Council on Teacher Education policy require that all candidates for admission to a teacher preparation program pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System test of Basic Skills prior to admission.

Some students will be able to complete all the prerequisite courses for transfer into the teaching option of their major by the spring of their sophomore year; those students may be able to complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree in LAS, as well as the minor in education and all other requirements for teacher licensure in four years. Students who establish eligibility to transfer into the teaching option of their major in the spring of their junior year will need five years to satisfy the requirements for teacher licensure.

In order to be recommended for licensure, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education grade point averages of 2.5 (A=4.0).

If you are interested in finding out more about pursuing a Teacher Education Minor for teaching at the secondary level, please make an appointment to speak to Office of Student Academic Affairs, College of Education, 333-2800.