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Teacher Licensure

Early Childhood Education focuses on preparing teachers for preschool, kindergarten, and the early primary grades (birth through grade two). Graduates of the program can qualify for a professional educator license in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education approval. A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is necessary for graduation.

Elementary Education prepares teachers for grades one through six.  A minimum of 120 semester hours is necessary for graduation.

The Middle Grades Education program prepares students to teach grades 5-8 in one or more areas selecting from Literacy, Math, Science and Social Science. Students must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours in order to graduate.

Secondary School Teaching Minor is a component of the teaching option within the following majors: Biology, Chemistry, English, Geology, History, Mathematics, and Physics. Students complete their major through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences while completing their Minor in Secondary School Teaching through the College of Education.

The Special Education, Learning & Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prepares highly qualified, innovative special education teachers.  At the end of this 4-year program graduates exit with a Bachelor of Science and a LBSI initial teaching license.  This license allows graduates to teach children from kindergarten to age 21 with any disability (e.g., learning disabilities, social or emotional disabilities, autism, intellectual disability, physical disabilities, multiple disabilities) in a range of educational settings.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Special Education are the primary home of teacher preparation programs.

Requirements and procedures vary depending on your status as an undergraduate or a graduate student.

Clinical Experiences Fee

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign educator preparation programs have Board of Trustee approval to assess a one-time clinical experience fee, currently $790, prior to a students first clinical experience in the K-12 schools.  This fee is assessed via a “course” that shows on a students registration for the term assessed as EDPR 203.  This EDPR 203 “course” does not appear on transcripts or carry any course credit, but is a means by which students are assessed the program required clinical fee for K-12 supervision.

This fee is assessed when you begin your professional education sequence; fall of junior year for Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Grades majors, spring of sophomore year for Special Education majors and spring of junior year for Secondary Education minors.

Have more questions about Teacher Licensure?

The Council on Teacher Education (CoTE) is responsible for coordinating licensure activities for all of the teacher and professional personnel preparation programs on campus.