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Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Introductory Courses: 22 quarter hours with a grade of C or better required:

Advanced Courses: 50 quarter hours required (excluding courses counted as Introductory Courses) with a grade of C or better.

Open Electives: 20 quarter hours, grade of C or better required.

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.   The following cannot be used to fulfill an open elective: WRD 98, MAT 94, and MAT 95

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 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.
  • 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).
  • 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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