Candidates must complete an Illinois State Police and FBI background fingerprint investigation at two points:
- Upon application to the Teacher Education Program (to be completed during the same semester in which application to TEP is being submitted) or prior to their first field work, whichever comes first.
- The semester prior to student teaching (to be completed after April 1 for fall student teachers and after September 1 for spring student teachers).
Final Approval for Teaching
Upon meeting TEP requirements and requirements outlined in this handbook (i.e., course work, GPA, exams, fitness testing, background checks, disposition evaluations, and portfolio requirements), the teacher candidate will be granted final approval for student teaching with input from the Physical Education faculty in the Department of Kinesiology.