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Early Childhood Education Application Information

Admission Requirements:

Sophomore Level Admission

Sophomore level admission:

  • Students will be licensed to teach birth to grade 2 per Illinois State Board of Education rule changes.
  • Illinois/Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Two years of one language other than English in high school or through the second level course in college must be completed by desired term of entry.  

Admission requires completion of COMP I. Completion of several courses from list below is suggested.

  • Advanced COMP
  • Western
  • Non-Western
  • US Minority (for students entering UIUC fall 2018 or leter)
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Earth and Space Science 
  • QRI
  • QR II
  • Humanities & Arts
  • Humanities & Arts
  • PSYC 100
  • Social & Behavioral Science
  • EPSY 201
  • EDUC 201
  • EDUC 202
  • Social Science Rubrics: ECON, GEOG, HIST, and PS

Please consult an Education adviser if you have questions.

Junior Level Admission

Junior level admission

  • 60 hours by term of entry
  • Illinois/Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Two years of one language other than English in high school or through the second level course in college must be completed by desired term of entry. 
Recommended Courses:
  • Completion of most gen ed courses including:
  • PSYC 100
  • EDUC 201 & EDUC 202
  • EPSY 236/PSYC 216/EPSY 201
  • Math 103 is recommended as a QRI
  • ISBE Social Science Rubric - ECON, HIST, GEOG, PS
  • Earth and Space Science course
  • Completion of Language other Than English at the 3rd level 

ISBE Grade Requirements

To be uploaded if applicable:

  • Students in teaching licensure programs must maintain a C or better in ALL content and professional education coursework. Please see an Education adviser for a list of applicable courses. If you have completed a grade replacement or have a grade replacement in progress, you must scan and upload it into the Application Manager.

After Admission

Students admitted at the junior into a teacher education program will be required to attend a mandatory meeting regarding the program and its requirements. Time, date, and location of the mandatory meeting will be provided in your admission letter.

All undergraduate students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education teacher preparation program will be assessed a one-time clinical experience fee to partially cover costs associated with early field and student teaching experiences. This non-refundable fee is based on the  approved fee at the time you entered the University per the Illinois Compiled Statue 110 ILCS 305/25. Accepting the offer of admission is an agreement on your part to pay this fee. The fee will be assessed upon enrollment to the professional education sequence courses. 

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign requires field placement in school districts as part of various educational curricula and certificate programs. Illinois school districts are required by state law to conduct criminal background checks for applicants for licensed and non-licensed positions with a school district. School districts are requiring that applicants for field placements be subjected to a criminal background check prior to placement in the school districts. Certain convictions are a bar to employment with a school district and are fully set out in the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/10-21.9, as amended. All convictions will be reviewed for compatibility with placement in a school district.

As part of this application, you will be required to consent to a criminal background check including submission of your fingerprints. Failure to consent to the background check will result in your not being able to complete a public school certification program and in the cancellation of any admission to the program. For further information on this requirement, call the Council on Teacher Education at (217) 333-2804.