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Teacher Education Program Admissions Requirements

The programs in North Park’s School of Education all lead to teacher certification/licensure in the State of Illinois. Our programs in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and K–12 education are approved by the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Students with intended education majors must meet specific requirements to be accepted into the teacher certification programs. Though your formal application is made during the Introduction to Teaching course (typically during sophomore year), you are encouraged to contact the School of Education during your first year to discuss requirements and receive initial advising.

Acceptance into the early childhood, elementary, and secondary education majors is based on:

  • Formal application to the School of Education when enrolled in Introduction to Teaching (EDUC 2120)
  • An overall GPA of 2.5
  • Acceptance into an area of concentration or approved major
  • Positive recommendations from School of Education faculty
  • Approval by the Teacher Education Screening Committee
  • Passing scores on the Illinois State Board of Education Test of Academic Proficiency
  • Completion of health screening Successful results of criminal background check

Candidates are required to pass the Test of Academic Proficiency prior to acceptance into a teacher education program. The Content Area Test must be passed prior to the student teaching field experience. An Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test must be passed prior to receiving a teaching certificate. Review the testing requirements for Illinois Teacher Certification/Licensure.

Once admitted to a teacher education program, candidates also meet benchmark assessments at key transition points during Professional Terms A, B, C, and D. Candidates meet the benchmarks for their portfolio assessment in Professional Terms B, C, and D. These benchmark assessments are described fully in the Teacher Education Handbook provided by the School of Education. Students are expected to complete all course requirements including clinical experiences. Review the requirements for early childhood, elementary, and secondary education.

International students may major in either early childhood or elementary education. Since you cannot become certified to teach in the state of Illinois, (due to ISBE's citizenship requirement), you will be exempt from taking the required state examinations.

All coursework that is submitted to ISBE as part of an an application for certification, endorsement, or approval on or after February 1, 2012, must have been passed with a grade no lower than "C" or equivalent in order to be counted toward fulfillment of the applicable requirements.