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Teacher Preparation Program

Over the past several years, Illinois College has acquired a reputation for the high quality and innovative nature of its Teacher Preparation Program. The curriculum of the teacher preparation programs are designed to foster academic and social environments marked by a pervasive sense of concern for the intellectual, moral, social, and spiritual development of candidates preparing to become teachers. Drawing upon Illinois College’s heritage of educating leaders for public life, Illinois College teacher candidates are distinctive for their skills in written and oral communication and for their commitment to furthering the public good as educators who are willing to accept responsibilities for equipping young people to be capable, productive citizens.

The Teacher Preparation Unit affirms and models the moral purpose it serves in society and places a special emphasis on cultivating an environment of caring. It makes evident, both in its curriculum and individual expressions of faculty, a commitment to the value of diversity and community, integrity, excellence, fairness, service, respect, openness, and effective communication.

Because of the College’s growing fiscal strength and support for teacher preparation, the Teacher Preparation Program at Illinois College is becoming one of the highly regarded signature programs the College envisions for its future. The task of educating its candidates for fulfilling lives of leadership and service as educators is being accomplished under the guidance of exceptionally well-prepared faculty, staff and professional educators who develop innovative programs and hold themselves to the highest expectations. The Teacher Preparation Unit’s firm commitment to candidate learning, engagement, and personal growth has resulted in significantly heightened candidate aspirations for professional success and growth and access to graduate schools and professional programs after program completion.

Admission Requirements

The Teacher Preparation Committee (TPC) determines admission to the Teacher Preparation Program and retention in the program. Candidates seeking admission to the program are required to meet the admission and retention requirements in effect at the time of their acceptance into the program. Candidates are advised that changes in the certification requirements may occur as a result of subsequent action by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The requirements for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program are listed below:

  1. Submit to a criminal background check and have on file evidence that the background check has been completed.
  2. Maintain an Illinois College GPA of 2.750 by the date of application.
  3. Complete EDUC 203, 237, ENG 121, and Com 101 with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
  4. Achieve a passing score on the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) Test of Academic Proficiency.
  5. Earn a passing score on the Admission to Program Rubric in order to be recommended to the Teacher Preparation Committee for admission.
  6. Obtain TPC approval for admission and receive formal notification.
  7. Submit an application for Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program to the Director of Teacher Preparation.
  8. Complete an interview and submit an electronic portfolio in accordance with the guidelines in the Teacher Competence Portfolio packet.

All students, including transfer students, should realize that it may not be possible to obtain a certificate within the normal four year sequence if they have not applied to the Education Department by the beginning of the second semester of their sophomore year. 

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