Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals
Director: Dr. Cindy Dooley
Licensure Officer: Melissa (Missy) Phillips
Field and Clinical Coordinator: Jacqlin Richmond
Office: Horrabin Hall 91
Telephone: (309) 298-2117; Fax: (309) 298-3386
Supervision Field Specialists: Bolton, Cromer, DeVries, Donovan, Erickson, Kessler, Sienkiewicz.
Academic Advisors: 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 licensures and endorsements. The Center’s staff is responsible for advising services, field and clinical supervision, and licensure issues for prospective teachers, school support personnel, and school administrators.
To be recommended for teacher licensure, an individual must complete a State-approved Teacher Education Program, be of good character, in good health, and legally present in the United States and authorized for employment. Individuals seeking licensure 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 licensure.
Admission to the University does not automatically constitute acceptance to the Teacher Education Program. Candidates for baccalaureate degrees who plan to complete licensure 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 Licensure Board. State Licensure Board requirements take precedence over the catalog of record for individuals seeking teacher licensure recommendation.
Western Illinois University is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Approved Teacher Licensure Programs
The Illinois State Licensure 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 Licensure Board:
- Secondary (6–12)
- Elementary Education (1–6)
- Early Childhood Education (Age 0 through Grade Two)
- Special (K–12)
Reading Specialist (graduate program)
Special Education—Learning Behavior Specialist I
Technology Specialist (graduate program)
- Bilingual/Bicultural Education (approved major at WIU; endorsement only at ISBE)
- Administrative (graduate programs)
- School Service Personnel (graduate programs)
Speech and Language Impaired
Teacher Education Program
The University Teacher Education Committee (UTEC) has oversight for all Teacher Education Programs approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 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 license 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 licensure 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, reading in the content area 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 without a reasonable accommodation, as approved by the Western Illinois University Disability Support Services director in collaboration with the Associate 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 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 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 Teacher Education 360 convictions deemed problematic. Information may be obtained in Horrabin Hall 91; questions may be directed to Melissa (Missy) Phillips, Director of Advising and Licensure Officer, (309) 298-2117.
All persons seeking initial teaching licensure in the Teacher Education Program must complete the professional education sequence offered by the Department of Educational Studies. The sequence includes EIS 202, 301, 305, 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 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 designated coursework (C grade or better required).
*Exceptions: Early Childhood Education majors consult department advisors.
All persons seeking an Illinois professional educator license (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 210—The Exceptional Learner and SPED 390—Differentiating
- KIN 393—Physical Activity for Learners with Exceptionalities and KIN 395—Assessment in Adapted Physical Education (Satisfies the requirement for Physical Education majors)
- MUS 334—Music for the Exceptional Child (Music majors only.)
Candidates should check with their advisors to determine the course(s) required for their major.
Pre-Student Teaching Field Experiences
The Teacher Education Program requires that all persons seeking teacher licensure must complete the college-supervised, pre-student teaching field experiences in the major. A grade of C or above is required for all field experiences completed. Field experiences will typically be provided in the following courses:
- EIS 202
- EIS 303/304
- Major Methods Course(s)
- 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 advisor 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.
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 advisor. 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 advisor to determine the appropriate time 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 licensure requirements. Full acceptance into the Teacher Education Program is required prior to enrolling in EIS 401, C&I 403, and applying to student teach. An appropriate committee will screen all applicants according to the following criteria:
- Completion of 30 s.h. of approved work and an established WIU GPA.
- 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.
- Completion of ENG 180 and 280 with a grade of C or better. A transferred course equivalent must have a C grade or better.
- Completion of COMM 241 with a grade of C or better. A transferred course equivalent must have a C grade or better.
- Recommendations from major and minor departmental advisor/designee.
- Completion of General Education Mathematics course with a grade of C or above (MATH 101, 102, 123, 133, 134, 137, 138, 139; STAT 171). Note: Math Competency does not satisfy this Teacher Education requirement.
- Satisfactory personal interview with the departmental Selection, Retention, and Appeals Committee if requested by the Committee.
- Passage of the required basic skills entrance exam.
- Portfolio Requirement, where applicable.
- Clearance of a criminal fingerprint background investigation and all applicable registries.
- Pass Teacher Education Technology Competency Assessment.
- In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education licensure rules, all candidates seeking teacher licensure 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.
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 Educational 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.
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 credit is required for graduation in the Teacher Education Program and is open to qualified 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:
- 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.
- EIS 202*, 301*, 305, and 401*, Special Education requirement*, and reading in the content area requirement*.
- Successful completion of the required methods coursework*.
- Recommendation of the departmental advisor or designee.
- Meet all departmental prerequisites for student teaching.
- Completion of pre-student teaching field experiences as described on page 360 with a grade of C or above.*
- Completion of all required program coursework with a minimum grade of C.
- Successful completion of required Illinois state-mandated licensure test(s) [basic skills and applicable content test(s)].
- Portfolio requirement, where applicable.
- Clearance of a criminal fingerprint background investigation and all applicable registries.
- Completion of a state-mandated physical.
- 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. (16 weeks) clinical (student teaching) experience to meet graduation requirements. Some programs which necessitate split assignments in two fields or at two grade levels for a total of 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 APT exam and edTPA are requirements for licensure in Illinois. All candidates are expected to complete the assessments while 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.
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) Student teaching in middle level departmentalized settings, grades 5–8.
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.
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 advisor 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.
The clinical/student teaching experience is evaluated on an S/U grading system. Candidates must have 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 advisor or the Field and Clinical Coordinator in Horrabin Hall 91 if additional information is needed regarding the academic semester of student teaching.
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 licensure laws in Illinois or other states where they may plan to teach. Recommendation for licensure is made only by the University Licensure Officer located in Horrabin Hall 91.
Candidates seeking an Illinois professional educator license must apply online for the license after the student teaching semester.
Any candidate seeking a teaching license must pass the following State-mandated licensure assessments:
- Illinois Licensure Test of Academic Proficiency or an ACT Plus Writing composite score of 22 is required for admission into the Teacher Education Program.
- Illinois Licensure Content Test(s) required prior to student teaching.
- Illinois Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) must be passed prior to licensure.
- Illinois edTPA, a subject-specific assessment, must be passed prior to licensure.
Note: Some candidates may be required to take more than one content test. (See education advisor for additional information.)
Note: Tests are offered online at various approved testing sites throughout the country. 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 www.il.nesinc.com.
Note: Program/licensure requirements are subject to change without notice. Any new state-mandated requirements will supersede program requirements identified herein.