If you’re interested in a teaching career, you’ll have to go through a series of admission procedures and tests before you can be licensed—and even before you’ll be admitted to a teacher licensure program. Remember, admission to Elmhurst College does not guarantee admission to a teacher licensure program.
If you’re interested in transferring to Elmhurst, we encourage you to contact the Office of Admission or Dan Jares to learn more about working with your faculty advisor to register for courses that will help you prepare to enter the program.
How to apply for the Special Education licensure program
- Download the Special Education Application Guide.
- Complete the SPE application for admission. (In order to utilize the automated fields within the PDF, please save the PDF to your desktop, open the form in Adobe Reader.)
- Complete the SPE recommendation form. (In order to utilize the automated fields within the PDF, please save the PDF to your desktop, open the form in Adobe Reader and complete the personal information portion at the top. Finally, print two copies of the form and provide them, along with self-addressed envelopes, to two professional educators.)
- For information on the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), including study guides, call (800) 239-8107 or (413) 256-2870, or visit the Illinois Licensure Testing System web site. Linked here are instructions for substituting an ACT Plus Writing or SAT score for TAP.
- Submit evidence of an Illinois State Police criminal background fingerprint check (information is available in the Education Office, at the Regional Office of Education, or for licensed and non-licensed school personnel from the Illinois State Board of Education's Guidance Document). A PDF of the Elmhurst College policy is located here.
All courses completed to meet licensure requirements, including general education (ECIC) courses, must be completed for a grade of C (2.00) or higher. Education courses completed more than 10 years before admission to the program will not be accepted. Students who wish to change teacher education programs after they have been admitted must file a request with the director of teacher education admission. Admission is program specific and transfer to a different program may not be possible.
For admission information and applications, contact Mr. William Slodki or Dr. Linda Dauksas.