Application Process

1. Decide at what level you would like to teach.

2. If you are completing a bachelor’s degree at UIS, determine your major:

  • If you would like to teach at the elementary level, determine a major that will provide you with good background for teaching young children, such as English, social work, psychology, etc.
  • If you would like to teach at the elementary level but would also like a middle school endorsement so you could teach at that level, determine a major that coincides with subjects taught at middle school, such as English, science, social studies, or mathematics.
  • If you would like to teach at the secondary level, determine a major that coincides with the licensures offered at UIS: English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies.

3. If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree, the Initial Program Advisors will help determine the area of concentration (elementary) and any further coursework that might be needed to complete the major area (secondary).

4. Review the requirements for Admission to Teacher Education.

5. Collect any pertinent documentation according to the requirements for Admission to Teacher Education.

6. Call the Initial Adviser, Heather Nielsen, to arrange an appointment (217-206-6934). She will introduce you to the program and analyze your transcript to determine your best course of action for completing the program you select.

7. Print out this checklist to keep track of your progress in completing the requirements.

8. Complete the requirements and the Application form. Submit all documentation to the Department of Teacher Education, University of Illinois at Springfield, One University Plaza, MS BRK 330, Springfield, IL, 62703.

9. If you are accepted into the program, you will complete a mandatory orientation.

10. Once your orientation is complete, you will be assigned to your TEP faculty advisor.  As soon as possible but after the first four weeks of the semester, you should set up an appointment to meet your faculty advisor, who will help you with the rest of your Teacher Education Program.  It is not advisable to just ‘drop by,’ as your TEP faculty adviser could be out of the office teaching class, at meetings, or presenting at conferences, etc.