Admission Requirements:

  • Successful completion of the COMP I requirement by term of entry
  • 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 note:  As identified in the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)'s Teach Illinois: Strong Teachers, Strong Classrooms report, beginning June 30, 2019, the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP400) will be put on hold indefinitely while ISBE conducts a study of alternative basic skills assessments.  The last day to register for the TAP is June 27, 2019.  TAP tests passed prior to June 30, 2019, will continue to be accepted to meet the Illinois basic skills requirement past June 30, 2019.  ISBE will continue to require specific scores on the ACT or SAT as a test of basic skills for the issuance of a Professional Educator License. Please visit the ACT/SAT in lieu of TAP page for more information.  
  • Applicants must have at least a 2.50 Illinois and cumulative GPA at the time of application.
  • Two years of one language other than English in high school or through the second level course in college by term of entry.

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

  • Special Education Hours Verification form: As part of the admission process for the University of Illinois College of Education teacher education programs, verification of a minimum of 50 hours of experience with individuals with disabilities is required. At least 20 of these 50 hours must be completed post high school. The experiences may include time in community work, social services, and/or schools. This form should be filled out, printed, and sent to the supervisor(s) of these experiences for verification. You must then scan the form and upload it into the Application Manager. Please submit one form for each different experience.
  • 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 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 Special 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 licensure programs. Illinois school districts are required by state law to conduct criminal background checks on 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.