The Department of Teacher Education provides a baccalaureate degree in elementary education and a minor in secondary that lead to teacher licensure. In order to be licensed as a teacher through UIS, students need to select an appropriate major and apply to (and be accepted into) either the elementary major or the secondary minor in the Department of Teacher Education.
Candidates seeking 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.
Most students who are accepted into a program in the Department of Teacher Education can complete their content major and licensure course work within the parameters of a four year degree.
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.