Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)

Students in the College of Education may access their degree audit report (DARS) via the web to review program requirements and progress toward degree completion. Advisers may access the same report to assist students in their academic planning. The DARS report evaluates the student's coursework against a program and indicates which requirements are completed and which requirements are unmet. For those requirements, which are not completed, the DARS report will list courses, which may be taken to satisfy the requirement. The DARS report also lists total hours completed toward the degree, grade point averages, electives, and an evaluation of the residency rules for graduation. Please note that the degree audit report accesses day-old Banner information.

Students are expected to know what their degree requirements are and to review their report prior to meeting with their advisers to schedule classes. Errors or discrepancies on the DARS report should be brought to the attention of your adviser. A DARS report is not a transcript and should not be presented to a third party as certifying that a student has earned a degree from the University of Illinois. At the conclusion of a student’s final semester, the college will verify final degree certification with the use of DARS.

Placement Examinations

Freshmen are not required to take placement examinations in rhetoric and mathematics because the university will place freshmen into the appropriate rhetoric based on a student's best ACT/SAT English and the appropriate mathematics course based on the highest ALEKS score. Information on ALEKS can be found online. Information on placement exams can also be found online.

Students who plan to enroll in chemistry and have completed less than two years of chemistry in high school, must take the Chemistry Placement Test. Students who did not take at least three years of the same language in high school must also take the placement exam in this area. Transfer students will be required to take the chemistry and/or language placements tests if the following applies: 1) you have high school credit in the subject; and 2) you have not earned college credit in the subject; and 3) you expect to take the subject at the University of Illinois. Placement examinations are designed to assist the student and advising staff in appropriate course selection. College of Education advisers will not approve registration in coursework in these areas without placement test scores.

Students who achieve high scores on a language placement exam may be eligible to earn proficiency credit for the third and fourth semester level courses at Urbana. Since criteria for earning proficiency credit in language varies by the language department, students are encouraged to review their placement and proficiency information with the appropriate department. Non-native speakers of English must successfully meet the Language other than English requirement. Students will not be allowed to earn credit in a language course that is more than two levels below the student's expected placement. For example, a student who completed three years of French in high school would normally place into French 104. The student may place back to French 102 and receive credit for that course toward the degree but not for French 101.

Basic Rhetoric Requirement

Satisfactory proficiency in English usage is a requirement for all undergraduate degrees awarded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Placement and proficiency in rhetoric will be based on the ACT English (or SAT critical reading) subtest score. Students can receive four hours of proficiency credit and satisfy the graduation requirement in basic rhetoric and composition by superior performance on this test. Unless exempt, students are required to complete the basic composition requirement during the freshman year. Transfer students are expected to satisfy the University composition requirement within one year of their initial enrollment at Urbana.

General Education Requirements

Each candidate for a degree in the College of Education must meet the University's minimum general education requirements in freshman and advanced composition, quantitative reasoning, humanities/arts, cultural studies, natural sciences/technology, language other than English, and social/behavioral sciences. Most programs in the College require additional general education coursework in areas beyond the University's minimum. All courses completed for general education requirements must be selected from the Campus General Education course list. Degree requirements for all programs are listed in the Programs of Study.

Due to the clinical requirements in the teacher education curricula, it is strongly recommended that completion of the language other than English requirement be accomplished prior to the junior year.

Expected Graduation Date (EGD)

All students are assigned an Expected Graduation Date (EGD) when they are admitted. The Expected Graduation Date reflects the number of semesters a student will be allowed to register for classes and represents the College's approved time limit for undergraduates to complete their degree. The Expected Graduation Date is 10 semesters for beginning freshmen and 6 semesters for transfer students. Requests to extend the EGD must be approved by petition and will not be routinely granted unless the student has extenuating circumstances. Repeated withdrawal from the University to avoid academic difficulty is not a valid reason for an extension of the EGD.

Restrictions on Coursework Accepted for the Degree

The following coursework is not accepted toward a bachelor's degree from the College of Education: Credit earned through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and coursework numbered at the 500- or 600-level. In addition the following restrictions apply:

  1. A maximum of nine hours in introductory/remedial rhetoric and/or English as a second language courses may be applied toward the degree.
  2. Non-baccalaureate aviation credit as designated by the College.
  3. College coursework taken prior to high school graduation and applied toward the University of Illinois high school pattern requirement for admission will not be accepted for credit at University of Illinois.
  4. A maximum of three credit hours in trigonometry will be allowed toward a degree.
  5. A maximum of six hours of upper level ROTC Coursework can count toward a degree as free electives. 
  6. Credit for the sequence in calculus is limited to twelve hours.