Clinical experiences are a vital component of teacher education programs. School and Community Experiences (SCE) coordinates all aspects of clinical placements for students leading to Illinois licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education. They also provide assistance to and collaboration among all parties involved in the teacher licensure process within the College of Education.

Located on the School and Community Experiences website is specific information pertaining to the licensure programs of Early Childhood EducationElementary Education, and Secondary Education. The website also provides information pertaining to community-based field experiences, a component of EDUC 201: Identity and Difference in Education.

Each licensure program on the SCE website provides specific information regarding:

  • the programs’ clinical courses and sequence
  • access to the student teaching application
  • access to general forms required to engage in clinical experiences

The website also provides important information and links regarding licensure requirements. Through this website, you can access your Council on Teacher Education (CoTE) portal to allow you to complete the required training such as Blood Borne Pathogens, Safety Training, and Mandated Reporter Training.

Common Assessment Plan & Licensure 

Requirements for licensure are set by the Illinois State Board of Education and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign colleges and departments that offer licensure programs. All candidates for licensure must satisfy the requirements of the Common Assessment Plan for their program (CAP for Undergraduate Teaching Candidates) and pass Illinois State Licensure (ILTS) tests appropriate to their licensure major.

Students who do not meet these minimum grade point average criteria, listed in the CAP, must petition the Council on Teacher Education for permission to student teach. For a petition to be approved, the student must provide evidence of extenuating circumstances.