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Initial Teaching License with Special and Elementary Education (SEE) Endorsement

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

Course Requirements

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.

  • College coursework in Writing
  • College coursework in Fine Arts or Literature
  • College coursework in Mathematics
  • College coursework in Science
  • College coursework in American Government or U.S. History
  • College coursework in Social Science 

Pre-Education Introductory Core: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Advanced Standing

All Education students have a two stage admission process.  Upon being admitted to the College of Education students begin as a Pre-Education Teacher Candidate.  Requirements must be met to progress in the major and take courses in the Advanced Standing category:

  • All students must complete specific requirements in order to take the Advanced Standing courses.  Requirements include:
    • Pass the Illinois Certification Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 
    • A minimum of 8 quarter hours completed at DePaul
    • ​Petition for Advanced Standing form

You can apply for advanced standing once you have completed the above requirements by submitting the Petition for Advanced Standing form.

Advanced Standing Courses: 48 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, Pre-Education, and Advanced Standing courses
  • Overall cumulative G.P.A. 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.  Field experience hours are entered by the student as the requirement is attached to coursework.  Online Faculty Evaluations are entered by the instructor as attached to courses.  All data must be entered in the Field Experience Documentation System (FEDS) due one month prior to student teaching. 

Individual school districts may have additional requirements (application, training, background check, etc.) 

Student Teaching: 12 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

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 and Elementary Education (Licensure) students 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.​
  • Elementary Content Area Test (test #110) – assesses knowledge of the content of what is taught at the elementary level.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • 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)​.
  • 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.

Field Experiences

Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education/Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. 200 hours of non-paid pre-student teaching field experience are required.  Special requirements include: regular and special education settings, experiences in inclusive settings, special education experiences at the high school level.   All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching. Field experience hours should be entered by the student into the FEDS system when completing courses with field experience requirements.

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