Admission Requirements:

Sophomore Level Admission

Sophomore level admission:

  • At least four general education requirements met by term of entry
  • 28 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. 

Highly Recommended: 

  • It is highly recommended to have the ISBE MATH standard complete (Algebra Standard and STAT 100/MATH 117). Please see an Education adviser for details.
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.

Students admitted to the Elementary Education program at the junior level will begin a two year professional education cohort with sequential classes that allow very limited space.

There is room to fit only four additional courses outside the professional education coursework during the four semester sequence. In order to complete the major in two years, students should have completed:

  • EDUC 201
  • EDUC 202
  • EPSY 201
  • And all but four of the following:
    • CI 415
    • KIN 268
    • General Education requirements. It is highly recommended that MATH 103 be completed prior to the start of the year I professional education sequence courses. 


Prior to proceeding to student teaching in an Illinois Educator Preparation Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, prospective candidates must take and pass an Illinois approved test of basic skills. Approved tests consist of the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) ACT or SAT with approved scores. Please visit the ACT/SAT in lieu of TAP page for more information.

The following documents can be prepared for upload into the Application Manager:

  • 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 level 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 Elementary 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.