The Curriculum

Elmhurst College has established undergraduate teacher preparation requirements in three categories:

  • Integrated Curriculum: Courses that everyone must take for a bachelor’s degree
  • Professional courses: Courses required for licensure
  • Courses in subject area preparation: Courses in subject majors or specialization areas

Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to a teacher licensure program.

Licensure as a teacher is allowable only after all of the requirements have been met, including passing scores on a Test of Basic Skills (TAP, ACT or SAT), subject specialty, and the edTPA.

All courses completed to meet licensure requirements must be three semester hours or more unless otherwise specified. In addition, all courses taken to meet licensure requirements, including general education courses applied to those requirements must be completed for a grade of C (2.0) or higher. Education courses must be completed within 10 years of admission to program. Course requirements for specific licensure programs may be obtained by contacting major departments.

Test of Basic Skills (TAP, ACT or SAT)

The State of Illinois has passed legislation (P.A. 100-0932) that requires a teacher candidate to pass a Test of Basic Skills (Test of Academic Proficiency [TAP], ACT or SAT) no later than the semester prior to student teaching. Pre-Education and teacher candidates are strongly encouraged to meet this requirement as soon as possible and submit their scores when they have them–even at the time of Admission. A teacher candidate will not be able to student teach if a Test of Basic Skills is not passed.

The Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) is scored as four independent subtests. To pass the TAP, you must achieve a scaled subtest score of 240 or higher on each of the subtests: Reading Comprehension, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Writing.

  • Taken prior to Sept. 1, 2015: A composite ACT of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the combined English/writing portion
  • Taken between Sept. 10, 2015—Sept. 9, 2016: A composite ACT score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 on the writing portion
  • Taken after Sept. 10, 2016: A composite ACT score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 on the writing portion
  • Taken prior to March 5, 2016: A composite score of 1030 (critical reading and mathematics = 1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on writing
  • Taken March 5, 2016 and later: A composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language

If substituting the ACT or SAT in lieu of the TAP, request that an official ACT Plus Writing or SAT score report be sent to the Illinois Board of Education.

ISBE will only accept official score reports sent directly from ACT or SAT. Follow directions at www.actstudent.org or sat.collegeboard.org. Individuals who wish to use a qualifying ACT score in lieu of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) must use code 3001 to send an official score report to ISBE. (This code is unpublished; you will not find it at the ACT website.) Individuals who wish to use a qualifying SAT score in lieu of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) must use code 6773 to send an official score report to ISBE. ISBE will not return official score reports. Official score reports sent to you and then forwarded to ISBE will not be accepted. Only after the candidate creates an ELIS account should s/he request that an ACT Plus Writing or SAT score be sent to ISBE. ISBE will only maintain unmatched score reports for 30 days; after that time, if an ELIS account has not been created, ISBE will shred the score report.

Reminders: Do not send a score report to ISBE unless you are sure that the composite and writing scores are acceptable or the scores will be shredded.

Check your ELIS account to verify ACT/SAT score report has been accepted in lieu of the TAP. Allow 60 days for this information to be added to your ELIS account.

Superscoring is not available on ACT/SAT. If you do not have an overall passing composite score. Email licensure@isbe.net if you would like your tests superscored.

Field Experience Requirements

All licensure programs include field experience requirements. Elmhurst College requires a minimum of 100 clock hours of course-aligned field experiences as well as experiences in diverse school settings for all candidates.

Field experiences are the part of the professional preparation for teaching that enable candidates to acquire practical applications to add to the theoretical knowledge treated within course work.

All Department of Education courses include a field requirement. The Satellite Field Experience Network has been designed to assist candidates in obtaining their field experience placements for upper-level methods courses.

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