Elementary Licensure

Concurrent Content Major

Elementary teacher candidates select a second major to complete while also completing requirements for the Elementary Education Major.  The Program Advisor can assist in selecting an appropriate second major.

General Education Course Work

All candidates will fulfill the General Education requirements of the Teacher Education Program. At the initial appointment with the Program Advisor, candidates will receive advice as to courses that will fulfill TEP General Education requirements.  All general education course work will be completed prior to full admission into methods courses.

Introductory Teacher Education Course Work

  • 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 who are also majoring in Psychology must take the psychology courses through the Psychology Program (PSY 322 and 327) instead of TEP 222 and 227.

Teacher Education Core Course Work

  • 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 Major who are also majoring in Psychology must take this course through the psychology Program (PSY 324) instead of TEP 224.  3 hours
  • TEP 315 Managing the Diverse Classroom, 3 hours
  • TEP 318 Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment, 3 hours

Successful completion of the above courses is required before taking methods courses. The exception is TEP 211 Wellness for Elementary Teachers, which may be completed at any time.

Teacher Education Methods Course Work

  • TEP 211 Wellness for Elementary Teachers, 1 hour
  • 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 Course Work

  • TEP 448 Clinical Practice Seminar, 3 hours
  • TEP 450 ECCE: Clinical Practice, 9 hours.


Important information about methods courses:

  • Each methods course includes a 30 hour preclinical placement in a local school setting assigned by the Department.  The exception is TEP 211 Wellness for Elementary Teachers, which does not require a preclinical placement.
  • Candidates may not take more than two methods courses during one semester.  The exception is TEP 211 Wellness for Elementary Teachers, which may be taken at any point in the program, including prior to admission to the program.
  • 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 preclinical 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.
  • Methods courses (TEP 423, TEP 424, TEP 425, and TEP 426) may be taken in any order, but only two methods courses may be taken in one semester.  TEP 211 Wellness for Elementary Teachers may be completed concurrently with any two other methods courses (or at any other point in the program).

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

  • TEP 448 and TEP 450 constitute the entire Clinical Practice 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 Test (or proof of registration for the test) 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.  (2.75 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.


Completing the Teacher Education Major or the course sequence for post-baccalaureate candidates does not automatically license someone to teach. The Department of Teacher Education recommends candidates to the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board for 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 assessments administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (Test of Academic Proficiency, Content-area Exam, and the edTPA), and other requirements outlined by the State Educator Preparation and licensure Board, which has sole authority for awarding or denying teacher licensure.