Frequently Asked Questions
Elementary Education Program
Any individual with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
You may use your classroom for a portion of your field experiences and student teaching.
At the School of Education a cohort group is a group of graduate students who take a sequence of courses leading to a degree together.
At a site designated by the School of Education. If you work at a school, you might use your school for a portion of your field experiences.
If you leave your cohort due to unforeseeable circumstances and inform your advisor, you may rejoin your cohort or join another cohort when the sequence of courses allow for you to join. You might have to pay a new rate of tuition if you have to join a different group.
Once you complete the required coursework and have passed all the state test(s), you must attend a certification workshop and contact the Office of Teacher Education and Certification (firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-298-3971) who will forward the application form to you. Complete the forms online and return them in order to be referred for entitlement (certification).
Three tests, stated below under a, b, &c.
a. One of the following tests must be completed within the first academic year enrolled in the program or must have been completed within 10 years prior to full admission:
1. Illinois Test of Basic Skills (ITBS #96 or #300) or Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP #400), or
2. ACT plus Writing with a score of 22 or above, or
3. SAT (mathematics and critical thinking) with a minimum score of 1030.
b. The content area test (#110)
c. APT test for K-9 (# 102)
Having a master's degree will not be a disadvantage for hiring an individual, but you may apply for jobs while you are student teaching and continue your education toward the completion of the degree.
All our cohort classes meet in the evening, but you have to be prepared to do your field experiences during the day (8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) when schools are in session.
You will take the coursework along with the group but do a practicum instead of a student teaching.