Review information about the IWU Teacher Education Program and State requirements from the tabs below. Reference the TEP Handbook for more information. Also see the licensure program page to learn about specific program requirements.
The IWU Teacher Education Program
Our Mission: Teacher Scholars for Social Justice
Course requirements vary by program. Please see the Licensure Programs page for course requirements by program.
Students interested in teacher licensure are first admitted to the University. Formal application to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) takes place spring semester, sophomore year, after completion of two foundations courses. Students are notified when application materials are posted to the department webpage. Students must meet all admission requirements for acceptance into the TEP.
Students must complete the on-line training course for mandated reporters and submit the certificate of completion and a signed acknowledgement form prior to the first day of field placement. All students must also complete and sign the Educational Studies Confidentiality Agreement prior to the first day of field placement.
Field Experience (pre-student teaching)
Most courses in the Teacher Education Program incorporate opportunities to apply knowledge and theory to practice. Field experiences are planned to provide a gradual and sequential introduction to the full range of teaching possibilities. They are integrated within the goals of professional education coursework and supervised by university faculty and school personnel. Candidates complete a minimum of 100 hours of field work concurrent with their courses prior to student teaching. Reference the TEP handbook for detailed field placement requirements.
Elementary and secondary candidates student teach during the fall semester senior year and attend a weekly seminar. Music Education students may student teach during the fall or spring semester senior year. A ninth semester option at reduced tuition is available to all candidates, except those participating in the ACM Urban Education Program.
Student teachers are placed within Bloomington-Normal and communities within a 50 mile radius. Student teachers are responsible for their own transportation and any concurrent expenses. Candidates are not placed in a previously attended elementary or secondary school, or in a school where a relative is currently employed. There is an option for student teaching in Chicago through the Chicago Semester program. Applications for the Chicago Semester are due in January of the Junior Year.
Candidates for student teaching must meet all requirements specified in the TEP handbook. The policies, procedures, and responsibilities for everyone involved in the student teaching experience are detailed in the Student Teaching Handbook.
Elementary and secondary candidates are assigned faculty advisors in the Educational Studies Department. Music Education candidates are assigned faculty advisor in the School of Music. In addition, an advising memo for each graduating class is posted to the Educational Studies website during advising week. Reference suggested four year course plans to meet university, major, and ISBE requirements.
The Career Center provides a range of services to help prepare for one’s professional life following graduation. The center provides assistance with writing resumes, cover letters, securing and storing letters of recommendation, on-line application processes, and seeking employment. The Educational Studies Department, in coordination with the Career Center, hosts a special session on the job search process each year. Job fairs are available for teacher candidates during the senior year. The known placement rate into teaching positions, related employment, or graduate school for 2017 graduates was 100%.
State of Illinois Requirements
Standards for All Teachers
Teacher licensure in Illinois is governed by the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). This includes requirements for state licensure tests and the knowledge and performance standards required of all teacher licensure candidates. Every Illinois Wesleyan University candidate must provide evidence of meeting the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (IPTS). You will have the opportunity to do so throughout your professional education and major coursework. In addition to the IPTS, candidates must meet the content area standards in their specific teaching field.
Illinois Educator Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics (section 22.20, Illinois Administrative Code) specifies the core principles, values and responsibilities that apply to all Illinois educators, including candidates enrolled in pre-service education preparation programs. All candidates are responsible for learning and adhering to the code.
Criminal History Record Information Checks (CHRI) and Background Screenings
All candidates are required to complete a background screening or CHRI check per state law, district, and/or university requirements prior to the first day of field placement and student teaching. A full CHRI check includes fingerprinting and a check of the Sex Offender and Violence Against Youth registries.
ISBE Minimum Grade Requirement
State law specifies a minimum grade of C- for any course required for licensure and endorsement, including major courses.
Illinois Licensure, Endorsement, and Approval Requirements
See current information on the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) website.
ISBE Test Requirements
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires all teacher licensure candidates to pass the following tests.