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Special Education & Elementary Education (SEE) Concentration

Content Area Prerequisites

A transcript evaluation will be completed upon admission to the program. If deficiencies exist, they must be completed prior to student teaching.  Students in the Special & Elementary Education (SEE) program must complete general education content area coursework in the following ten areas:
  • Physical Education or Health
  • Fine Arts or Literature
  • Mathematics
  • 3 Science courses, one completed in each of the following areas:
    • Physical Science
    • Life Science
    • Earth/Space
  • 4 Social Science courses, one completed in at least 4 of the following areas:
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Economics 
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Anthropology
    • Geography

Course Requirements

Teacher Candidate Courses requirements: 24 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Advanced Courses requirements: 42 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Student Teaching Requirements

Student Teaching is the culminating clinical experience in the student's program. All students in teacher preparation programs must meet the following requirements before applying for student teaching:

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of all Content Area Prerequisites, Teacher Candidate courses, and Advanced courses
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better
  • Meet all other program requirements  (e.g., residency requirements)
  • Meet designated program standards
  • Pass the required Illinois licensure content area tests (see below)

Clinical Requirements

  • Completion of all required field experiences
  • Three satisfactory evaluations in field experiences
  • Three satisfactory faculty recommendations
  • Attendance at mandatory meeting for student teaching 
  • Application for student teaching, resume, transcripts, and writing sample (check deadlines)
  • Review and approval by Student Teaching Committee of the College of Education.
  • Student Teaching Timeline and Deadlines
  • Attend a Mandatory Meeting approximately 1 year prior to expected quarter of student teaching.
  • Submit application for student teaching after attending Mandatory Meeting, approximately 1 year prior to student teaching.
Academic requirements (above) due one quarter before expected quarter of student teaching.
Clinical requirements (above) are completed as course requirements.
Individual school districts may have additional requirements (application, training, background check, etc.)

Student Teaching : 14 quarter hours required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section.

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 students must complete the following tests:
  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math.  Test must be passed one quarter prior to Student Teaching.   *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • LBS1 Content Area Test (test #155) – assesses knowledge of working with students with disabilities and special needs.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • Special Education General Curriculum Test (test #163) – assesses knowledge of reading & literacy, mathematics, natural science, and social science.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply). 
  • Elementary Education Content Area Test, grades 1-6 (tests #197-200)
  • 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.

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