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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Teacher Education

Teacher Education



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Information about teacher education may be found at the following website: http://www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached/. Please check this site regularly: As rules, regulations, and dates change, you’ll find the most current information here.

Teacher Licensure Programs

The following information is intended to serve as a general guide for students wishing to qualify for an Illinois teaching license. While all of Eastern Illinois University’s teacher education programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, only the state can issue a teaching license.

Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level


Students interested in Early Childhood (kindergarten through grade 3) should major in Early Childhood Education. Early Childhood majors may add Elementary Education licensure. For Elementary (grade 1 through grade 6), students should pursue a major in Elementary Education. Students interested in teaching grade 5 through grade 8 should major in Middle Level Education.

High School


The route to teaching high school (grade 9 through grade 12) is through one of the academic majors with teacher licensure. Please refer to the College of Education and Professional Studies teacher education web site (www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached) for a listing of majors with teacher licensure.

K-12


Licensure/endorsements, valid for teaching from kindergarten through grade 12, are available in the following fields: Art, Foreign Language, Music, Physical Education/Kinesiology & Sports Studies, and Special Education.

Minors


Individuals wishing to pursue a minor may select from those outlined in the catalog. Teacher licensure minors are designed to help prepare individuals seeking licensure in a second teaching area and are only available to those who are completing a major in an approved teacher preparation program leading to high school or K-12 licensure. Completion of a teacher licensure minor does not guarantee that the individual will be granted an endorsement to teach in that field. Individuals must meet all requirements (including state tests) as set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education to be granted an endorsement in a second teaching field. Minors not so identified are considered “non-teaching” minors and, in most cases, do not meet Illinois state teaching requirements. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in all courses and earn a 2.65 GPA in a teaching minor.

Requirements


Since not all requirements are listed in the same place, students should take note that they must satisfy all of the following:

  • University General Education Requirements
  • Major Requirements. (See appropriate major.)
  • Professional Education Requirements. (See below.)
  • Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education. (See below.)
  • Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from a teacher licensure program, you must complete the approved licensure program and graduation requirements with a 2.65 cumulative and major GPA and complete all courses with a grade of “C” or better. Note: Some majors require a higher GPA; please consult departmental requirements.

Minimum Grade Requirement in Courses for Teacher Licensure Programs


All students with a teacher licensure major must receive a grade of “C” or better in all courses, regardless where they are taken, used toward graduation including general education, professional education, major and minor courses, all university required courses, and electives. Furthermore, any course used for the purpose of adding endorsements to a teaching license must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

All post-baccalaureate teacher licensure candidates completing a teacher licensure program must receive a grade of “C” or better in all courses, regardless where they are taken, used toward completion of the program. Furthermore, any course used for the purpose of adding endorsements to a teaching license must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Professional Education Requirements


For individuals seeking licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, or Special Education, the Professional Education requirements are included as a part of the respective major and are outlined elsewhere in this section.

Individuals seeking High School or K-12 (Art, Foreign Language, Music or Physical Education) licensure must complete the following Professional Education requirements. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all professional education courses in order to graduate from a teacher licensure program.

Secondary Education Program Courses (Total 37-43 Hours)


  • Departmental Methods Credits: 3-9

Recommended Courses


The following courses are highly recommended to assure standards are met and may be required in your major (consult with advisor or your major listing):

Repeating Undergraduate Professional Education Courses with Field Experiences/Practica


Students may enroll in any undergraduate professional education course that includes a field experience or practicum no more than twice. Any students wishing to attempt a field experience/practicum course more than twice must appeal to the department in which the course is offered. The department will review the request and make a determination as to re-enrollment in the course. If the request is approved, a remediation plan must be developed and completed prior to re-enrollment. The remediation plan is to be developed by the department in consultation with the student. If the student’s request to re-enroll is denied, the student may seek reconsideration through the Office of the Dean, College of Education & Professional Studies.

Illinois Licensure Tests


The State of Illinois has established a testing program as part of its teacher licensure program. This program consists of a test of academic proficiency, subject-matter knowledge tests, and the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). Additional information is available on the CEPS website (www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached).

The Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) measures basic skills in reading, writing, grammar, and mathematics. Students are required to pass this test for selection. Under Illinois law, no student may be admitted to a teacher education program without first passing the TAP. Students can substitute the ACT plus Writing or SAT scores for the TAP if they meet the minimum scores set by the Illinois State Board of Education.  These scores can be found at http://www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached/ or by contacting the CEPS Dean’s Office.

Students are required to pass the content-area test in their discipline(s) no later than the end of the semester prior to student teaching. Furthermore, students must pass the content-area test in all other fields for which they are seeking an endorsement (in addition to hour requirements). Tests for additional endorsements do not need to be passed prior to student teaching, but must be passed prior to program completion.

In addition, all students in teacher licensure programs are required to pass the edTPA (teacher performance assessment) in order to receive a teaching license in Illinois or any other state. Students will make their edTPA submission during student teaching.

Application for Teaching Licenses


Students should begin the process of applying for their teaching license early in the term in which they will graduate or complete all requirements.  Forms and instructions will be distributed by the Student Teaching Coordinators.

Admission to Teacher Education


Selection Process for Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs


All students (including native, transfer and post-baccalaureate students) who wish to enroll in an initial licensure program must be selected through the Selection Process for Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs.

To be selected a student must:

  1. submit a formal application for University Admission to Teacher Education,
  2. complete 29 s.h. or more of college level course work,
  3. obtain and document passing scores on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Students can substitute the ACT plus Writing or SAT scores for the TAP if they meet the minimum scores set by the Illinois State Board of Education.  These scores can be found at http://www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached/ or by contacting the CEPS Dean’s Office.
  4. establish a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.65 or higher.

Selection occurs at the close of each semester. Post-baccalaureate teacher education candidates must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.65 on a 4.0 scale at the point of graduation with the bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. The undergraduate GPA will be used for selection for post-baccalaureate candidates. A post-baccalaureate student may use the graduate GPA for purposes of selection if the student has successfully completed a master’s degree program. (The student has the responsibility of notifying the dean’s office and furnishing evidence of the graduate GPA.)

University Approval to Take Teacher Education Courses


Approval to take courses does not of itself admit a student to a teacher education program. A student may not be considered for “University Approval to Take Teacher Education Courses” without being selected (see the section on the Selection Process above). The University Council on Teacher Education determines admission.

Applicants for University Approval to take Teacher Education Courses should be aware that Section 21-1 of the School Code of Illinois states in part, No one shall be certified/licensed to teach or supervise at the public schools of the State of Illinois who is not of good character, good health and at least 19 years of age. In addition to the qualifications required for teacher licensure by the State Code, the following are required by the Council on Teacher Education for University Approval to Take Teacher Education Courses:

  1. Selection (as described above).
  2. Submitted letter of intent to Office of the Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies.
  3. Established and maintained an EIU cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.65/4.0 (Post-baccalaureate students required to have GPA 2.65 undergraduate, and 3.0 for courses #4750 and above taken at EIU).
  4. Completed Speech and Hearing Clearance. Student must schedule an appointment with the Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic for this.
  5. Documented “C” or better in CMN 1310G, ENG 1001G, and ENG 1002G, or their equivalents (a minimum of 9 semester hours is required).
  6. Documented “C” or better in 3 s.h. of college level math.
  7. Documented “C” or better in ELE 2050; SPE 3201 or SPE 3220; SED 2000 or KSS 2000 or MUS 2440 or CTE 2000 or ART 2400.
  8. Completed the required Criminal Background Investigation (CBI).

When a student has met all of the above criteria, he/she will have earned “University Approval to Take Teacher Education Courses.”

Formal University Admission to Teacher Education Programs


To be formally admitted to teacher education programs, students must be selected, have earned University Approval to Take Teacher Education Courses and successfully complete SED 3330/SED 4330 or ELE 3100 or ELE 3250 or MLE 3110 or SPE 4800/4820 with a grade of “C” or better and earn positive practicum evaluations, thus demonstrating the knowledge, skills and dispositions of one desiring to enter the teaching profession. 

Criminal Background Investigations


At time of application for admission to teacher education, candidates must complete an Illinois State Police fingerprint-based criminal history check. Candidates must complete a second Illinois State Police fingerprint-based criminal history check the semester prior to student teaching. The fingerprint-based criminal background investigation is conducted by the Illinois State Police and is processed through an outside vendor. Students are responsible for the costs of these criminal background investigations.

Education Scholars Program


Incoming freshman students who have demonstrated excellent scholarship as measured by ACT scores and high school class rank may be eligible to be admitted to the Education Scholars Program in the College of Education and Professional Studies.

Community college transfer students who have demonstrated excellent scholarship at the community college as measured by GPA and involvement in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities may also be eligible for admission to the Education Scholars Program.

Students must remain in good academic standing and continue to meet teacher education requirements to remain in the Education Scholars Program.

For information about the Education Scholars Program, contact the College of Education and Professional Studies or the Admissions Office, or visit the College of Education and Professional Studies teacher education web site at http://www.eiu.edu/~ceps/teached.

Application of Teacher Education Criteria to Other Programs


Bachelor in General Studies Program


Students pursuing a BA in General Studies degree are not eligible for teacher licensure as undergraduates. Those students wishing to pursue teacher licensure must either complete a degree in one of the University’s approved teacher education programs or complete the BA in General Studies degree and then seek admission to one of the approved teacher education programs as post-baccalaureate students.

Post-Baccalaureate Students


(Including those currently holding an Illinois Teaching Licensure wishing to add a subsequent teaching endorsement)

All post-baccalaureate students seeking a teaching license (including those seeking a subsequent teaching endorsement) through any of EIU’s state approved licensure programs are expected to meet the full intent of the respective programs. All previous course work, either graduate or undergraduate, will be evaluated in terms of current requirements. This will include general education, a major, and the professional education requirements. Post-baccalaureate students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours at EIU prior to student teaching.  Individuals currently holding an Illinois Teaching License and seeking to add a subsequent teaching endorsement may request to substitute one year of documented, successful, full-time teaching on a valid teaching license for Student Teaching.

Departments may require additional course work within their major to bring the student’s background into compliance with the intent of this institution’s state-approved licensure program. Departments may also require previous work to be repeated if it is outdated. Post-baccalaureate students are subject to all Admission to Teacher Education requirements (See previous section).

Individuals who enter the University as post-baccalaureate students must have completed an undergraduate degree program at an accredited institution of higher education and graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.65 or higher on a 4.0 scale. A post-baccalaureate student’s undergraduate GPA will be used for the purpose of selection.

If the student’s undergraduate GPA in the area of the approved program he/she wishes to follow was below a 2.65 (on a four point scale), 12 semester hours must be taken in the major to establish a grade-point average in the major of at least 2.65 or better. (Higher GPAs may be required by some departments.)

All post-baccalaureate teacher licensure candidates completing a teacher licensure program must receive a grade of “C” or better in all courses, regardless where they are taken, used toward completion of the program. Furthermore, any course used for the purpose of adding endorsements to a teaching license must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Appeal Process for Selection GPA for Post-Baccalaureate Students

A post-baccalaureate student may use the graduate GPA for purposes of selection if the student has successfully completed a master’s degree program.  (The student has the responsibility of notifying the dean’s office and furnishing evidence of the graduate GPA.)

Post-baccalaureate students may appeal the use of the undergraduate GPA to the Executive Officer of the Council on Teacher Education (the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies) and request the use of an alternative GPA for purposes of the selection if the student:

Completed the baccalaureate degree five years ago or more and has evidence of 12 semester hours of post-baccalaureate course work relevant to teaching licensure at a 3.0 GPA level or above.

The student is encouraged to appeal early in the semester in which the 12 semester hours will be completed.

The appeals decisions of the Executive Officer of the Council on Teacher Education are final. 

Post-baccalaureate licensure requires a commitment of a minimum of three or more semesters. Professional education course work and student teaching for some programs are sequenced over four semesters. For most students, the program takes about two years to complete. Not all courses are offered every semester and summer offerings may be limited. In order to be ready to register for classes, a student must have a completed transcript evaluation specifying all courses needed to earn licensure. All students must complete General Education, Professional Education, and major department requirements for initial licensure. All students considering this program should contact the Office of the Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies. There are fees related to this professional licensure transcript evaluation process.

Admission to the Graduate School does NOT constitute Admission to Teacher Education. Students should apply for Admission to Teacher Education within the first thirty days of enrollment as a post-baccalaureate student. Application for student teaching placement is a separate process. Please follow the instructions for student teaching placement as outlined in this catalog.

Revocation of Admission to Teacher Education


Under certain conditions admission to teacher education may be revoked by the Council on Teacher Education. Major causes of revocation are explained at the scheduled admissions meeting.

Student Teaching


To be eligible for a student teaching assignment, a student must attain 90 semester hours or more toward graduation and must have complied with all regulations and qualifications relative to “University Approval to take Teacher Education Courses” and “University Approval to Student Teach.” Students must register for Student Teaching 4001 through EIU to qualify for graduation. Registration and fees are required as with other regular course work. Students are assigned to student teach in public schools in one of the student teaching centers located throughout the state. Assignments are made by the Student Teaching Coordinators. The public school cooperating teacher to whom each student is assigned holds licensure consistent with the licensure the student teacher is seeking and the setting and subject area assignment are appropriate to the license. Students engaged in student teaching are limited to a total academic load of 13 semester hours (except in Special Education) and the number of hours of outside work permitted is restricted.

A full semester (15 or 16 weeks) of assigned student teaching/professional experience is required of all students seeking initial licensure. Students should consult the Professional Education Requirements for Teacher Licensure Programs and individual course listings for specific information.

Application Process


Every student planning to student teach must complete an electronic application during the Fall semester preceding the academic year in which the student plans to student teach. For example, a student who plans to student teach during the 2019-20 academic year must complete the application in Fall 2018. Failure to complete the application by the deadline may result in a one-year delay in student teaching.

Placement Centers


All student teaching at Eastern is completed in approved sites only. Student Teaching Coordinators make placements, supervise and evaluate student teachers in collaboration with the public school cooperating teacher in the local schools. Students must student teach in an approved site. Students cannot student teach in districts where they attended school or in districts in which relatives are employed or where there is a significant conflict of interest. Students cannot be employed in the district in which they are student teaching. The University retains the right to determine student teaching placement(s).

Student Teaching sites are available in several regions of Illinois, but we do not have sites in all areas. Sites may be discontinued at any time at the discretion of the Department of Student Teaching.

Many school districts (especially those in the Chicago area) have additional criteria and standards for those who wish to student teach. Placement in the Chicago area is very competitive.

Prerequisites and Requirements for Student Teaching


  1. Course Prerequisites (other departmental requirements apply):
    1. Early Childhood Education Curriculum. Students must have completed Elementary Education 4880 and all prerequisites and co-requisites to it.
    2. Elementary Education Curriculum. Students must have completed Elementary Education 4880 and all prerequisites and co-requisites to it.
    3. Middle Level Education Curriculum. Students must have completed Elementary Education 4880 and all prerequisites and co-requisites to it.
    4. Special Education Curriculum. To student teach in Special Education, students must have completed Special Education 4900 and 4901, and all prerequisites to them.
    5. Secondary and Special Area Curricula. Students must have completed Educational Psychology 2330, Secondary Education 3330, and Secondary Education 4330, and all required departmental methods courses and all course prerequisites to those noted.
  2. Students must complete courses in the major with a minimum of a 2.65 GPA and a 2.65 cumulative GPA. (NOTE: Some majors require a higher GPA; please consult departmental requirements.)
  3. Transfer students must have been in residence at EIU for at least one semester or one summer term.
  4. A PPD tuberculin test, health physical, and DCFS Mandated Reporter Training  must be completed and documented within 90 days of the beginning of student teaching.
  5. A Criminal Background Investigation (CBI) must be completed prior to student teaching.
  6. Students will complete a sequence of supervised and evaluated pre-student teaching clinical experiences before the student teaching semester.
  7. Passing scores on the Illinois Content Area Test must be earned and documented prior to student teaching.

Granting of Credit for the Student Teaching Experience


Student Teaching 4001 is a credit or no-credit course.  A credit will be earned only if the candidate does each of the following:

  1. Successfully completes the student teaching experience (successful completion is determined by the judgment of the University coordinator in consultation with the cooperating teacher);
  2. Completes all departmental requirements which may apply.

Criminal Background Investigations


All teacher licensure candidates are required to submit to a fingerprint-based criminal background investigation. The criminal background investigation is conducted by the Illinois State Police and is processed through an outside vendor. Students are responsible for the cost of this criminal background investigation.

Students will be required to complete additional criminal background investigations required by school districts in which they are assigned to student teach. Students should complete the criminal background investigation for EIU prior to completing any such investigations for school districts. Students are also responsible for the cost of criminal background investigations required by school districts.

University Approval to Student Teach


Approval to Student Teach is a multiple-step process, including earning “Departmental Approval to Student Teach.” The Office of the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies will send the applying student’s name to the major department for Departmental Approval to Student Teach.  Students must complete courses in the major with a minimum of a 2.65 GPA and a 2.65 cumulative GPA. (NOTE: Some majors require a higher GPA; please consult departmental requirements.)  In addition, students must document passage of Illinois Licensure content-area test in their discipline(s) no later than the end of the semester prior to student teaching.

Every student planning to student teach must complete an electronic application. Failure to complete the application materials by the deadline may result in a one-year delay in student teaching.

Students must have received conditional “University Approval to Student Teach,” including department approval, no later than mid-term of the semester prior to student teaching, with final approval granted at the close of the semester.  A student who is refused “University Approval to Student Teach” or whose approval is revoked may appeal the decision to the Council on Teacher Education. The decision of the Council is final.  Appeal forms may be secured in the Office of the Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies.

Departmental Approval to Student Teach


After a student has applied to student teach s/he must contact his/her own major department and submit an application to that department for “Departmental Approval to Student Teach.” “Departmental Approval to Student Teach” is the responsibility of the candidate’s major department and must include the following:
 

  1. Completion of courses in the major with a minimum of a 2.65 GPA and a 2.65 cumulative GPA. (NOTE: Some majors require a higher average in the major; please consult departmental requirements.)
  2. A grade of C or better in each professional education course completed.
  3. Evidence of recent participation in professional organizations, meetings, and /or appropriate activities with youth.
  4. A portfolio submitted by the student to the department which includes: lesson plans, unit plans, and evidence of group work, communication skills, and ability to work well with youth (including #3 above), and a résumé.
  5. Other criteria as determined by the student’s major department. Department criteria are available in the Department Office.

Students must have received “University Approval to Student Teach,” including department approval, no later than mid-term of the semester prior to student teaching (on or before October 15 for Spring student teaching; or on or before March 15 for Fall student teaching). A student who is refused “University Approval to Student Teach,” or whose approval is revoked may appeal the decision to the Council on Teacher Education. The decision of the Council is final. Appeal forms may be secured from the Office of the Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies.

Pre-Placement Meeting


The first step in the placement process is a required meeting between the student and the prospective Student Teaching Coordinator who will be making placement arrangements. At this meeting the student and Coordinator will discuss the issues related to placement. Students must know any and all departmental placement requirements prior to meeting with the Student Teaching Coordinator and must have applied for graduation.

Registration


Student teachers must be registered for credit during the student teaching semester.  Each student is responsible for registering for the section of STG 4001 (Student Teaching) appropriate for the major:

  • Special Education should register for STG 4001, Section 016 (16 sem. hrs.)
  • All other majors should register for STG 4001, Section 012 (12 sem. hrs.)

Responsibilities During Student Teaching


Students have a wide variety of responsibilities during student teaching. These responsibilities may extend well beyond the time when students go home at the end of the day. Student teachers should be prepared to attend school-related activities as determined to be appropriate in consultation with the cooperating teacher.

  1. Students enrolled in student teaching must assume all necessary transportation and living expenses.
  2. Students enrolled in student teaching are encouraged to live in the community in which they do their teaching and are expected to follow the local school calendar.
  3. Student teachers are expected to follow the same schedule as their Cooperating teacher(s). Student teachers will be prepared to engage in school-related activities as determined appropriate in consultation with their cooperating teachers.
  4. Students engaged in student teaching are expected to participate in all activities with their Cooperating teacher(s), including extracurricular activities, guidance programs, audio-visual programs, after-school programs, study hall supervision, preparation of assembly programs, field trips, dramatics, attendance at P.T.O. meetings, and faculty meetings. Student teachers are generally expected to participate as faculty members would in all of the activities of the school and community.
  5. Students who are absent from school (except for student teaching seminars and approved meetings) are expected to complete additional days to make up the days missed.
  6. Attendance is expected at a series of seminars related to student teaching. Seminars will be planned and implemented by the Student Teaching Coordinators.

Course Work During Student Teaching Semester


Taking additional coursework during student teaching is generally not allowed. Students who wish to take another course during the student teaching semester must be granted a waiver from the University Academic Waiver Appeals Committee (UAWAC). If course work interferes with the student teaching experience students will be required to drop the course or student teaching.

Outside Activities/Employment During the Student Teaching Semester


If a student’s activities or work schedule interferes with student teaching, the student will be requested to make changes in those activities or work schedule so they do not interfere with student teaching.

Termination of Student Teaching Placement


Students are guests of the host school district. A School district and/or the University retains the right to terminate a student teaching placement. A subsequent conference to examine options will be held with the student and the Student Teaching Coordinator and/or Student Teaching Chair, with input from the major department as needed or appropriate.

STG 4000


ALL teacher licensure majors (including Post-Baccalaureate students) MUST take STG 4000. This class is designed to provide experiences with school populations in multicultural settings and students with disabilities.

Overseas Student Teaching


EIU is a member of the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST), a group of state and private universities committed to quality overseas student teaching experiences. Under the agency of this organization, Eastern offers qualified students an opportunity to do their student teaching abroad. Placements for overseas student teaching are made in selected schools in Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, and others. Interested individuals should contact the COST Coordinator, CEPS Dean’s Office 1420 Buzzard Hall, for further information.  Availability of sites is dependent upon Content Area.

Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)


All students in teacher licensure programs are required to pass the edTPA in order to receive a teaching license in Illinois or any other state.  Students will make their edTPA submission during student teaching.

Application for Teaching Licensure


Students should begin the process of applying for their teaching license early in the term in which they will graduate or complete all requirements. Forms and instructions will be distributed through student teaching coordinators during the student teaching semester. Students should see the earlier section for information about the Illinois Licensure Tests.

Application for Graduation


Students should apply for graduation a minimum of one semester prior to student teaching. Please contact your College Graduation Officer for more information.

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