Admission Requirements

  • A completed College of Education graduate application
  • A bachelor’s degree conferred by an accredited, recognized institution
  • A previous grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be from persons familiar with your academic work
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Personal statement(see application for details)
  • Resume
  • Interview

Additional Requirements for Reading Specialist Program

  • Valid Illinois professional educator License
  • While teaching experiences prior to program entry is preferred, candidates may enter the program without prior experience. However, in order to be eligible to receive the Reading Specialist K-12 Endorsement, candidates must have at least two years of teaching experience on an Illinois professional educator license in an Illinois school.

Additional Requirements for Special and Elementary Education Licensure Concentration

  • Writing sample (e.g., a term paper, seminar paper, or senior thesis or portion thereof)

Additional Requirements for the Special Education for Teachers Concentration

  • Valid Illinois professional educator License
  • Evidence of adequate background for the program