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Admission to Secondary Education Licensure Program

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.

Admission to the Secondary Education teacher licensure program requires:

  • Passing the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (For more information including study guides, students may call (800) 239-8107 or (413) 256-2870, or visit the Illinois Licensure Testing System web site.) Check here for instructions for substituting an ACT Plus Writing or SAT score for TAP.
  • Sophomore status (8.00 credits/32 earned semester hours)
  • Attainment of C (2.00) or better in a minimum of .75 credit (three semester hours) of English composition (equivalent to ENG 106 or higher)
  • A cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or above from all institutions of higher education or most recent degree cumulative grade-point average
  • A major grade-point average of 3.00 for art, foreign language, history or physical education
  • A major grade-point average of 2.75 for biology, English, music education, political science, and theatre arts
  • A major grade-point average of 2.50 for chemistry, mathematics and physics
  • A completed application with recommendations, a personal statement and copies of current transcripts
  • 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. To download a PDF of the Elmhurst College policy, click here.)

All courses completed to meet licensure requirements, including general education 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. Theresa Robinson.

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