Course Requirements

Pre-Education Core: 16 quarter hours with a grade of C or better required, taken from any of the following:

Advanced Standing Courses: 68 quarter hours required (excluding courses counted as Pre-Education Core) with a grade of C or better.

Electives 8 quarter hours, grade of C or better required.

Students may complete 8 hours of electives in content area courses.  The following courses are recommended to fulfill this elective requirement:

Other courses may be considered to complete this elective requirement with the prior approval of the faculty advisor.
 

Student Teaching: 20 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section.  EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. 

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.  Special Education majors must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400)  - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math.  Test is required to qualify for Advanced Standing. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Learning Behavior Specialist (#155) -  assesses knowledge of working with students with disabilities and special needs.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • General Curriculum for Special Education Teachers- (#163)- assesses knowledge of reading & literacy, mathematics, natural science, and social science.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) – assesses knowledge of teaching planning, delivery, assessment, professionalism, and technology.  Test is required to be licensed, recommended that it be taken before Student Teaching.
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.