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Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals

Director: Dr. Rori Carson
Advising Director/Certification Officer: Melissa (Missy) Phillips
Field and Clinical Coordinator: Jacqlin Richmond
Office: Horrabin Hall 91
Telephone: (309) 298-2117
Fax: (309) 298-3386
E-Mail: cpep@wiu.edu

Website: wiu.edu/cpep

Supervision Field Specialists: Bishop, Bolton, Cromer, Donovan, Dunstan, Erickson, Kessler, LaPrad, LaRue, Sienkiewicz.

Academic Advisers: Butcher, Comrie, Gage, Moreno, Wilson.

The Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals provides services to undergraduate and graduate students seeking teaching, school administration, and school service personnel certifications and endorsements. The center’s staff is responsible for advising services, field and clinical supervision, and certification issues for prospective teachers, school support personnel, and school administrators.

To be recommended for teacher certification, an individual must complete a state approved teacher education program, be of good character, good health, a citizen of the United States or legally present in the United States and authorized for employment, and at least 19 years of age. Individuals seeking certification must complete all University requirements as well as teacher education requirements. Early and continuous consultation and careful advising and planning are essential for individuals seeking initial teacher certification.

Admission to the University does not automatically constitute acceptance to the Teacher Education Program. Candidates for baccalaureate degrees who plan to complete certification requirements for teaching must make special application for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Application and requirements for full acceptance are available in the online Teacher Education Program Handbook at wiu.edu/cpep.

Western Illinois University must meet the mandates issued by the Illinois State Board of Education and the State Certification Board. State Certification Board requirements take precedence over the catalog of record for individuals seeking teacher certification recommendation.

Associate of Arts in Teaching

Western Illinois University is a participant in four Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree programs, a statewide agreement that allows transfer into one of four specific teacher education programs in early childhood, mathematics, science, or special education (LBS I). Completion of an A.A.T. degree from an Illinois community college in one of the four approved fields (early childhood education, mathematics, science, or special education) will only be accepted for transfer into a teacher education program in the same field. Candidates transferring into Western Illinois University with an A.A.T. must meet cumulative GPA requirements for being accepted into Western’s teacher education program. Those completing the A.A.T. in mathematics or one of the sciences (biology, chemistry, or physics) must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 from the community college where they completed their program. Those completing the A.A.T. in early childhood education or special education must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75. Candidates completing an A.A.T. should contact the Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals for additional information.

Accreditation

Western Illinois University is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Teacher Certification

Approved Teacher Certification Programs

The Illinois State Certification Board mandates that each institution list in its catalog those programs which are classified as approved programs. The following programs at Western Illinois University have been approved by the Illinois State Certification Board.

  1. Secondary (6–12)
    Agriculture Education
    English
    Mathematics
    Science/Biology
    Science/Chemistry
    Science/Physics
    Social Science/History
  2. Elementary Education (K–9)
  3. Early Childhood Education (Age 0 through Grade Three)
  4. Special (K–12)
    Art
    French
    Music
    Physical Education
    Reading Specialist (graduate program)
    Spanish Special Education—Learning Behavior Specialist I
    Technology Specialist (graduate program)
  5. Bilingual/Bicultural Education
  6. Administrative (graduate programs) General Administrative Superintendent
  7. School Service Personnel (graduate programs)
    School Counseling
    School Psychology
    Speech and Language Impaired

Teacher Education Program

The University Teacher Education Committee (UTEC) has oversight for all teacher education programs approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education at both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. UTEC determines all procedures, requirements, and student discipline protocol for the teacher education program as a whole. It also approves unique requirements for discipline-specific programs.

Individuals who intend to earn a teaching certificate must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program as outlined in the Teacher Education Program Handbook. Once admitted, the student becomes a teacher education candidate and must conform to all requirements and regulations of the Teacher Education Program. Candidates who fail to meet all programmatic expectations may be dismissed from the Teacher Education Program. Individuals seeking teacher certification must complete an approved teacher education program. An approved program consists of the following components: general education, major program, professional education including core courses, special education requirement, pre-student teaching clinical experiences, student teaching, technology competency, curriculum modules addressing English Language Learners (ELL), and supporting coursework. In addition, candidates will undergo periodic disposition assessments, criminal background investigations, and national registry checks. The prospective teacher must be able to perform the essential functions of teaching, with or Teacher Certification without a reasonable accommodation, as approved by the Western Illinois University Disability Support Services Director in collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education in the College of Education and Human Services.

Candidates are required to exhibit the following professional dispositions at all times during their enrollment at Western: collaboration, honesty/integrity, respect, commitment to learning, emotional maturity, responsibility, fairness, and the belief that all students can learn. Failure to adhere to these professional dispositions is grounds for dismissal from the program.

Teacher education candidates are expected to comply with the Illinois State Police and FBI fingerprint background investigation requirements as set forth by UTEC. Prior to any field work in schools/agencies, candidates are to supply verification of having completed both an Illinois State Police and FBI fingerprint background investigation through the Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals. In addition, the National Sex Offender Registry and the National Registry of Violent Acts Against Children are checked for each candidate. Candidates may be prohibited from completing field work if the background investigation and registry checks disclose arrests and/or convictions deemed problematic. Information may be obtained in Horrabin Hall 91; questions may be directed to Melissa (Missy) Phillips, Director of Advising and Certification Officer, (309) 298-2117.

Professional Education

All persons seeking initial teaching certification in the Teacher Education Program must complete the professional education sequence offered by the Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies. The sequence includes EIS 201, 301, 302, and 401*. Full acceptance to the Teacher Education Program is required to enroll in EIS 401. Teacher education requires a 2.50 cumulative GPA or permission of major department to enroll in EIS 303. A grade of C or better is required for all professional education courses. In addition, a minimum of 12 s.h. of student teaching is required (see departmental program requirements.)

All courses (C grade or better required) in the professional education sequence taken at other institutions must be evaluated by the Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies for equivalency. Evaluation forms are available in the Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals. In addition, 12 s.h. of student teaching are required. Secondary education majors must complete Educ 439—Methods (C grade or better required). *Exceptions: Early childhood education majors consult department advisers.

Special Education

All persons seeking an Illinois teaching certificate (early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special) must satisfy a state mandate which requires coursework in the identification, psychology, and methods of teaching the exceptional child, including without limitation, the learning disabled child. Courses at Western Illinois University which satisfy this requirement are (grade of C or better required):

SPED 310 “The Exceptional Child” and SPED 390 “Adaptations” PSY 425 “Psychology of Exceptional Children” and SPED 390 “Adaptations” KIN 393 “Adaptive Physical Education” (Satisfies the requirement for physical education majors.) MUS 334 “Music for the Exceptional Child” (Music majors only.)

Candidates should check with their advisers to determine the course(s) required for their major.

Pre-Student Teaching Field Experiences

The Teacher Education Program requires that all persons seeking teacher certification must complete college supervised, pre-student teaching field experiences in the major. A grade of Teacher Certification

C or above is required for all field experiences completed. Field experiences will typically be provided in the following courses:

  1. EIS 302
  2. EIS 303/304
  3. Major Methods Courses
  4. Major Department Pre-Student Teaching Field Experiences

Also available are experiences which may be provided in other courses in the major.

Each candidate should consult his/her major department adviser to determine how this requirement will be met for that major’s program.

Candidates who transfer courses with a required field experience will need to provide verification of clinical experiences completed or supplement the transferred course with comparable clinical experiences at Western.

Appeals Procedures

The Selection, Retention and Appeals Committee considers various appeals for candidates enrolled in the Teacher Education Program. Should an appeal be necessary, candidates should contact their adviser. The appeal form is available in Horrabin Hall 91 or on the website at wiu.edu/cpep.

Formal Admission and Retention to the Teacher Education Program

Candidates are to consult with their academic adviser to determine the appropriate time to apply for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program. Candidates must satisfy all requirements of the approved Illinois State Board of Education program. Candidates are responsible for expenses related to program and/or certification requirements. Full acceptance into the Teacher Education Program is required prior to enrolling in EIS 401, C&I 403, and ECH 474 (Early Childhood Education majors only) and applying to student teach. An appropriate committee will screen all applicants according to the following criteria:

  1. Completion of 30 s.h. of approved work and an established WIU GPA.
  2. WIU cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above and WIU major grade point average of 2.50 or above is required. 2.75 required for bilingual/bicultural, early childhood, elementary, history, and special education majors.
  3. Completion of ENG 180 and 280 with a grade of C or better. A transferred course equivalent must have a C grade or better.
  4. Completion of COMM 241 with a grade of C or better. A transferred course equivalent must have a C grade or better.
  5. Recommendations from major and minor departmental adviser/designee.
  6. Completion of general education math course with a grade of C or above (MATH 101, 102, 106 and 206*, 123, 133, 134, 137, 138, 139; STAT 171). Note: MATH competency does not satisfy this teacher education requirement.
  7. Satisfactory personal interview with the departmental Selection Retention Committee if requested by the committee.
  8. Passage of the required Illinois Basic Skills Test.
  9. Portfolio Requirement, where applicable.
  10. Clearance of a criminal background investigation and all applicable registries.
  11. Pass Teacher Education Technology Competency Assessment.
  12. In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education certification rules, all candidates seeking teacher certification are required by Western Illinois University to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all directed general education courses, all core courses, and all courses in the option. Note C- is below a C.

*MATH 106 and 206 are open only to Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Bilingual/Bicultural Education, and Special Education majors in the State Certification Program. The sequence of 106/206 counts as 3 hours of General Education credit for the above named majors only.

The above requirements apply to all persons (graduate and undergraduate) who wish to participate in the Teacher Education Program. More detailed information about selection and retention of candidates may be requested from the Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals. This includes information for candidates who may be transferring from other institutions or who may wish to change programs within this University at times other than those noted in the preceding paragraphs.

Retention

Candidates must continue to maintain good standing in the Teacher Education Program once admitted. Candidates must continue to exhibit the required professional dispositions at all times during their enrollment at Western. These include: collaboration, honesty/integrity, respect, commitment to learning, emotional maturity, responsibility, fairness, and the belief that all students can learn. Failure to adhere to these professional dispositions is grounds for dismissal from the program.

Student Teaching

Student teaching credit is required for graduation in the Teacher Education Program and is open to qualified senior candidates who are enrolled in the Teacher Education Program. Candidates must fulfill the requirements for admission to and retention in the Teacher Education Program and are responsible for meeting the student teaching requirements listed below.

  1. Maintain the required major and cumulative GPAs for the program: 2.75 required for bilingual/bicultural, early childhood, elementary, history, and special education majors. 2.50 required for agriculture, art, English, French, mathematics, music, physical education, science/biology-chemistry-physics, and Spanish majors.
  2. EIS 201*, 301*, 302*, and 401*, and special education requirement*.
  3. Successful completion of the required methods coursework*.
  4. Recommendation of the departmental adviser or designee.
  5. Meet all departmental prerequisites for student teaching.
  6. Completion of pre-student teaching field experiences as described on page 328 with a grade of C or above.*
  7. Completion of all required program coursework with a minimum grade of C.
  8. Successful completion of required Illinois Certification Test(s) [basic skills and applicable content tests(s)].
  9. Portfolio requirement, where applicable.
  10. Clearance of a criminal background investigation and all applicable registries.
  11. Completion of a TB skin test.
  12. Completion of English Language Learners (ELL) modules.

*Grade of C or above required.

The candidate must continue to exhibit the dispositions and professional behaviors needed to perform the essential functions of teaching, with or without reasonable approved accommodations. Failure to adhere to these professional dispositions is grounds for dismissal from the program.

Clinical Student Teaching Experience Expectations

Each candidate must complete a minimum 12 s.h. (12 weeks) clinical (student teaching) experience to meet graduation requirements. Some programs which necessitate split assignments in two fields or at two grade levels may require 16 s.h. (16 weeks). A maximum of 12 s.h. of STCH hours may be included in the minimum total of 120 s.h. required for graduation.

The clinical (student teaching) experience semester provides direct teaching experience in a public school under the supervision, and with the guidance of, a highly qualified classroom mentor teacher and a University supervisor.

Passage of the applicable APT exam and completion of specific departmental/program requirements is necessary for successful completion of student teaching.

Student teachers may not participate in campus-based extra-curricular activities such as athletics or the Student Government Association and are discouraged from working while student teaching. Candidates wishing to enroll in additional coursework while student teaching must appeal to the Selection, Retention and Appeals Committee prior to the student teaching term.

Clinical (Student Teaching) Sites

The Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals offers the following regional sites for clinical (student teaching) experiences: the Quad Cities area, Western Illinois area, and Chicago and Suburban Chicago area(s). Specific student teaching sites are determined by the field supervisors charged with the responsibility for placement and supervision of student teachers in each region. Providing student teachers with quality student teaching experiences in school districts with outstanding teaching reputations is the primary objective of each field supervisor. Housing arrangements and transportation during the student teaching semester are the responsibility of each student teacher.

Course Descriptions

Student teaching is the process whereby a prospective teacher candidate demonstrates his/ her competence as an effective beginning teacher. Each student teacher is expected to possess, or develop, the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to manage successfully a classroom teaching-learning situation. The successful completion of an approved student teaching experience is documented through one or more of the following courses.

STUDENT TEACHING (STCH)

430 Student Teaching—Special Needs—Elementary Level. (1–16) Kindergarten through the sixth grade.

431 Student Teaching—Special Needs—Secondary Level. (1–16) Grades 7–12.

437 Student Teaching—Bilingual—K–8. (1–16) Bilingual student teaching in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.

459 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education. (PK–K) (1–16) A pre-school through kindergarten level student teaching experience. Open only to persons in the early childhood program.

460 Student Teaching–Primary Grades. (K–3) (1–16) Student teaching in grades kindergarten through the third grade.

461 Student Teaching—Intermediate Grades. (1–16) Student Teaching in grades 4, 5, and 6.

462 Student Teaching—Middle Level. (1–16) Open only to students enrolled in elementary program who wish to student teach in grades 7 and 8. Adviser’s recommendation required.

480 Student Teaching-Secondary. (1–16) Student teaching in grades 7–12.

481 Student Teaching in Music. (1–16) Grades kindergarten through the sixth grade.

482 Student Teaching in Art. (1–16) Grades kindergarten through the sixth grade.

483 Student Teaching in Physical Education. (1–16) Grades kindergarten through the sixth grade.

485 Student Teaching in Elementary Foreign Languages (1–16) Student teaching in a foreign language in grades K–6.

Application

It is the responsibility of the candidate to apply for a clinical (student teaching) assignment one year prior to the semester in which it is anticipated that the student teaching assignment will be completed. This application is reviewed and approved by the candidate’s academic adviser and the Coordinator of Field and Clinical Experiences. A clinical/student teaching application meeting will be held in late September/October for those requesting student teaching assignments the following fall semester. Similarly, a meeting will be held in February/March for those persons eligible to student teach in the spring of the following year. Specific dates will be announced and posted. No summer session student teaching program is available.

Grading

The clinical/student teaching experience is evaluated on an S/U grading system. Candidates must have passed the appropriate Illinois Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) exam and satisfactorily completed all specific departmental/program requirements to satisfactorily complete student teaching.

Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals

Candidates are encouraged to contact their adviser or the Field and Clinical Coordinator in Horrabin Hall 91 if additional information is needed regarding the academic semester of student teaching.

Certification

Candidates must complete all graduation, teacher education assessments, and major department requirements before recommendation will be made to the Illinois State Board of Education. (See #3 below.)

Candidates planning to teach should keep in mind the special requirements of the certification laws in Illinois or other states where they may plan to settle. Recommendation for certification is made only by the University Certification Officer located in Horrabin Hall 91.

Candidates seeking an Illinois teaching certificate must apply on-line for the certificate after the student teaching semester.

Any candidate seeking a teaching certificate must pass the following State mandated certification tests:

  1. Illinois Certification Basic Skills Test is required for admission into the Teacher Education Program.
  2. Illinois Certification Content Test(s) required prior to student teaching.
  3. Illinois Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) is required for the successful completion of student teaching.

Note: Some candidates may be required to take more than one content test. (See education adviser for additional information.)

Note: Tests are offered multiple times a year at various sites throughout the state. Advanced registration and payment of the test fee is required.

Note: Information bulletins and registration information are available in Horrabin Hall 91 and online at icts.nesinc.com.

Note: Program/certification requirements are subject to change without notice. Any new State mandated obligations will supersede program requirements identified herein.