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School of Education Requirements

School of Education Requirements, Effective Fall 2007

Benchmark I: Candidate Status

Candidate status is achieved by being approved for admission to the School of Education (SOE). Admission for candidate status is required of all undergraduate students majoring in a program in the School of Education or the College of Arts and Sciences that leads to teacher certification. Admission is based on a student's knowledge, skills and dispositions. Admission must be approved by the Office of Teacher Education and Certification before, and as a prerequisite to, enrollment in level II coursework, including all teaching methodology courses.

Online Application Process

The LiveText online application process for admission to the SOE is required of all students applying for fall 2007 admission and thereafter. The online application process replaces the stage II portfolio admission process that was eliminated when the LiveText electronic portfolio requirement was adopted.

Application Deadlines

All students must apply for admission to the SOE no later than the semester before they are scheduled to enroll in level II coursework, including all teaching methodology courses. Application for admission will be accepted according to the following deadlines:

Fall Admission

Spring Admission

Summer Admission

Admission Requirements

Basic Skills

A passing score on the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) basic skills within the previous four years (certification test dates, registration materials, study guides, and a practice diagnostic ICTS basic skills test are available at www.icts.nesinc.com)

GPA

A cumulative SXU grade-point average of 2.5 or above

Pre-education Coursework

The following pre-education coursework, completed with grades of "C" or above at SXU or at a transfer institution:

Coursework in the Major

The following coursework in the major, completed with grades of "C" or above at SXU or at a transfer institution:

Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)

Authorization for the Office of Teacher Education and Certification to conduct the CBI during the first education course at SXU. Students who have not submitted the CBI authorization form and paid the required fee before applying for admission to the SOE can obtain the form and pay the fee in the Office of Teacher Education and Certification (G-200).

Essay

A 500 word essay submitted at the time of application.

Students who apply according to the established deadlines will receive a decision letter in the mail from the Office of Teacher Education and Certification and an official updated checklist identifying the coursework completed and the requirements to complete prior to student teaching. If a student has not met all admission requirements and has not been approved for admission to the School of Education by the established deadline, enrollment in level II coursework will not be permitted.

To access the online application and the essay template, click on the links below: