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Department of Teacher Education University of Illinois Springfield

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Elementary Licensure

General Education

All candidates will fulfill the General Education requirements of the Teacher Education Program. At the Initial Program Adviser appointment, candidates will complete a General Education Self-Assessment form and will receive advice as to courses that will fulfill TEP General Education requirements.

Teacher Education Introductory Courses/Requirements

  • TEP 227 Educational Psychology for Teachers, PSY 327 Educational Psychology, or an equivalent approved course in educational psychology, 3 hours
  • TEP 222 Child Development for Teachers, PSY 322 Child Development, or another equivalent approved course in child development, 3 hours
  • TEP 207 Foundations of American Education, or an equivalent approved educational foundations course
  • Potential applicants must also document at least 30 hours of Service Learning with school aged children in an educational setting.
  • Potential applicants who are majoring in Psychology must take the psychology courses through the Psychology Program (PSY 322 and 327) instead of TEP 222 and 227)

Core Courses for All Teacher Education Candidates

The following courses are taken by all Teacher Education candidates, whether in the Elementary Minor or the Secondary Minor

  • TEP 305 Technology for Teaching or an equivalent approved technology for teaching course, 3 hours
  • TEP 224 Exceptional Child for Teachers, PSY 324 Exceptional Child, or an equivalent approved course in teaching the exceptional child, 3-4 hours
  • Candidates in the Elementary Minor who are majoring in Psychology must take this course through the psychology Program (PSY 324) instead of TEP 224.

Courses Specific to the Elementary Minor in Teacher Education

In addition to the above introductory and core courses, candidates in the Elementary Minor will take the following courses:

  • TEP 322 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, 3 hours OR TEP 318 Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment. (One of these two courses and TEP 305 Technology for Teachers or equivalent must be completed successfully before methods courses may be taken.)

Methods Courses:

  • TEP 423, Methods of Elementary Reading and Language Arts, 3 hours
  • TEP 424, Methods of Elementary Mathematics, 3 hours
  • TEP 425, Methods of Elementary Social Studies and Humanities, 3 hours
  • TEP 426, Methods of Elementary Science, 3 hours

All general education coursework, TEP coursework, and coursework in the major area must be completed prior to the Clinical Practice Semester.

Clinical Practice Semester:

  • TEP 448 Clinical Practice Seminar K-9, 3 hours
  • TEP 450 ECCE: Clinical Practice K-9, 9 hours
  • Candidates who wish to receive a middle school endorsement must also take TEP 401, Methods of Middle School Concepts and Practices (3 hours) and have English, history, mathematics, or science as their major.

Important information about methods courses:

  • Each methods course includes a 30 hour preclinical placement in a local school setting assigned by the Department.
  • Candidates may not take more than two methods courses during one semester.
  • Candidates must have their TEP faculty advisor’s signature on the Special Approval in order to register for methods courses.
  • When the candidate completes the Special Approval for a methods course, s/he also completes a form to request the preclnical placement.
  • The Director of Clinical Practice determines preclinical placements based on these requests and availability.
  • At least one preclinical placement will be completed in a diverse setting.
  • Candidates will not be placed for preclinical experiences in a school where they have children in attendance, have been employed, or have spouses or siblings employed.
  • TEP 423 must be completed successfully before a candidate may enroll in TEP 425.
  • TEP 424 must be completed successfully before a candidate may enroll in TEP 426.

Important information about the Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) Semester:

  • TEP 448 and TEP 450 constitute the entire semester (12 credit hours).
  • TEP 450 fulfills the ECCE Engagement requirement.
  • No other courses may be taken during the Clinical Practice Semester.
  • Candidates must apply to clinical practice during the first two weeks of the semester prior to the clinical practice semester.
  • Candidates must provide evidence of passing scores on the appropriate Content Area Text (or proof of registration for the text) at the time of application for the Clinical Practice Semester.
  • At the time of application to Clinical Practice, candidates must have all required g.p.a.’s and must maintain those g.p.a.’s during the semester prior to Clinical Practice.  (2.5 overall, 2.75 in major area, 3.0 in TEP course work)
  • Candidates must have passed the appropriate Content Area Test prior to beginning student teaching.
  • TEP 448 meets biweekly on campus during the first month of the clinical practice semester; candidates also return for this seminar three times during the semester.
  • TEP 450 refers to the actual Clinical Practice experience itself (student teaching).
  • Candidates will not be placed for clinical practice in a school where they have attended, have children or siblings in attendance, have been employed, or have spouses or siblings employed.

Licensure

Completing the Teacher Education Minor or the course sequence for post-baccalaureate candidates does not automatically license someone to teach. The teacher education program recommends candidates to the State Teacher licensure Board for K-9 licensure or 6-12 licensure after the completion of criteria required by the program. These criteria include a set of general education requirements set by the program, teacher education course work, passing scores on three tests administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (Basic Skills / Test of Academic Proficiency, Content-area, Assessment of Professional Teaching), and other requirements outlined by the State Teacher licensure Board, which has sole authority for awarding or denying teacher licensure.