The Teacher Education Program provides minors in either elementary or secondary teaching. In order to be licensed as a teacher through the TEP program at UIS, students need to select an appropriate major and apply to (and be accepted into) either the elementary or secondary minor in the Department of Teacher Education.
Candidates seeking initial licensure in either elementary or secondary education may apply to a program in the Department of Teacher Education any time. However, admission is only granted after certain criteria have been met.
Students who are accepted into a program in the Department of Teacher Education may need to spend more than the traditional four years at the University.
Once a student is accepted into a Teacher Education Program, s/he is referred to as a ‘candidate.’ This term originated with the Illinois State Board of Education, who use that term for students who are ‘candidates for teaching licensure.’ This maintains a distinction between university level teacher education students and students in K-12 schools.