You will be notified in writing of your program status. Your TEP program application
and student teaching review will result in one of following outcomes: Acceptance;
Conditional Status; Deferred Status; Probation; or Denial. Note: student status is
reviewed each semester.
You have met all requirements for program admission. You may enroll in the next sequence
of upper level teacher education coursework. Your status will continue to be assessed
Conditional Teacher Education Program admission status may be granted when any one
requirement for admission is not met, including dispositional, field performance,
creation of an ELIS account, and essay requirements.
Conditional status may be granted when the candidate makes a compelling case explaining
past performance, has a strong recommendation from a faculty member in the major department,
develops a plan for remediation in consultation with faculty, and/or shows promise
for improved performance.
Conditional status is also granted pending a successful rewrite of the TEP application
essay. No conditional status applies to student teaching acceptance. Candidates notified
of conditional status must meet the conditions specified for admission to the TEP
within one semester in order to proceed with upper level professional education coursework.
Conditional status allows you to continue enrollment in professional education courses.
A decision regarding admission to the TEP or student teaching may be deferred when
a candidate fails to meet one or more requirements. Deferral provides the candidate
time to remediate any deficiencies in program requirements and reapply to the program.
Deferred status prohibits candidates from enrolling in upper level professional education
coursework, and may result in a ninth semester to complete the program. Applicants
who reapply and are subsequently denied admission will be referred to their academic
advisors to plan an alternative academic program.
Probation (Music Education Candidates only)
If a music candidate is deficient on any portion of the upper division exam, a remedial
plan will be devised (by the MTAC in consultation with the Director of the School
of Music) and one semester of probation (fall, junior year) may be granted (see TEP
Handbook for more information). Students may enroll in Music 332 and Music 333a during
the probationary semester. If significant progress has not occurred at the end of
the probationary semester, which will be determined by a second (and final) examination
and interview, the candidate will not be permitted to enroll in Music 333b, 497a,
or 427, and a change of major will be recommended.
Applicants are denied admission when one or more program requirement is not met. Denial
prohibits enrollment in the next sequence of upper level professional education coursework.
Consult with your advisor to plan an alternative academic program. You may reapply
to the program when evidence of having met all acceptance criteria is presented. The
Teacher Education Committee (TEC) or Music Teacher Advisory Committee (MTAC) reviews
student petitions submitted in the case of denial.
Ongoing Status Review
A candidate may be suspended or directed to withdraw from the Teacher Education Program
without qualification, under the following circumstances:
- Grade point average(s) dropping below the required levels during any phase of the
- Failure to demonstrate expected professional behavior and dispositions in the field.
- A criminal or felony conviction.
- Violation of the Illinois Educator Code of Ethics.
- Evidence of problematic physical, psychological, or emotional health which interferes
with one’s ability to meet program and professional expectations, and which cannot
be alleviated through reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disability
- Other circumstances occur which make a candidate ineligible for licensure.
The Educational Studies Department or the Teacher Education Committee (TEC) also may
decide, upon review of your case, to grant conditional status with the development
of a specific remedial plan.