Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

The School of Education offers a major in early childhood education and a major in elementary education and undergraduate licensure programs in secondary education and kindergarten to twelfth grade.  The School also offers a five-and-a-half to six year combined bachelor’s and master’s program in special education or early childhood education.

These programs are grounded in the values of scholarship, leadership and service. University courses and early field experiences at school sites provide opportunities designed to enable the undergraduate candidate to acquire the requisite knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for effective teaching in today’s diverse classrooms.

The following criteria must be met for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program:

  • A grade of C or higher in EDUC or ECED 200
  • Receive a score of at least 22 on the ACT plus writing or a composite score of 1030 on the SAT with critical reading and mathematics, or pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).
  • An overall grade point average of 2.75. (Candidates with overall GPAs below 2.75 but above 2.5 may be accepted conditionally into the program.)
  • Be free of a felony sex or drug conviction.
  • Complete and pass the FBI and State of Illinois Fingerprint and Background process.

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Click here to set up a licensure account at the Illinois State Board of Education website to obtain an Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN).
  2. Obtain a copy of the test page from your licensure account; this must show that you have passed the TAP or that your ACT or SAT was accepted by ISBE.  Click here to download instructions on how to submit your ACT scores in lieu of the TAP.  Please be sure this is complete before you complete the application (in Step 4 below).
  3. Complete your Declaration of Major Form and submit it to the RCAS Advising Office in the Lewis Link.
  4. Click here to obtain information and forms for the Fingerprint and Background Checks.
  5. Click here to complete the Teacher Education Program Online Application.  When you are finished with the application, a copy will be sent to your email for your records.

After you submit your application

Following the review of your application, you will be notified when you are accepted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP).  Once accepted, you become a candidate for licensure and will receive a formal letter of acceptance via US mail from the School of Education office.  After receiving notification of your acceptance into TEP, you should complete a declaration of major form which can be obtained from the undergraduate advising office.  Students may register for or take no more than three professional education courses (including EDUC 200/220 (or equivalent course) until they have been formally accepted into the TEP.

Transfer Students

Undergraduate students may enter the licensure programs by transferring specific credits from a two-year or four-year approved institution. Each program specifies courses that must be taken at Dominican. See the program descriptions for more information. Transfer students are urged to pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency prior to coming to Dominican. Transfer students are also encouraged to meet with an Education advisor prior to their first registration at Dominican to review program and course requirements.

Continuation in the Program

The following criteria are required in order to continue as a candidate in the Teacher Education program.

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75, as well as a GPA of 2.75 in professional education courses and in courses presented for the major
  • A minimum Grade of C in courses presented for licensure (see the Teacher Education Program Manual for a complete list of courses)
  • Acceptable dispositions ratings

A candidate who does not meet the above requirements is subject to the School of Education's candidate intervention/remediation process.  As part of that process candidates and their advisors will develop an intervention/remediation plan for the candidate.  The plan is designed to support candidates in addressing the criterion above that is not satisfied.  If the plan is not successfully met, the candidate may be withdrawn from the program.

Admission to Clinical Practice

Clinical practice is the culminating experience of the licensure program.  Candidates must apply to the School of Education and be formally accepted for clinical practice.  Acceptance into clinical practice is determined on the basis of the candidate’s written application and the criteria listed below.  The clinical practice application review committee reviews application materials and makes decisions regarding acceptance into clinical practice.

The criteria for acceptance are:

  • Evidence that all Education courses up to clinical practice will be completed prior to the beginning of the clinical practice semester
  • Minimum grade of C in all courses presented for licensure
  • Evidence of a passing score on the appropriate state content test by the time of application
  • Documentation that 100 clock hours of field experience will be completed no later than the semester prior to clinical practice
  • Cumulative education and major GPA of 2.75
  • Approval of the candidate's education advisor, and for secondary candidates, the academic advisor
  • Dominican University background check
  • Successful completion of the Student Teaching Application

These criteria must be met by the time of application to clinical practice, which is the beginning of the semester prior to clinical practice.

Policy on Background Investigations

The School of Education is committed to the protection of all children and young people. To that end, we work with school districts and civic groups to ensure that all children under their supervision remain safe.

All teacher education, administration and media specialist candidates must submit to a national, state and local criminal background investigation.

Students and candidates may not participate in any field experience programs until a background investigation is on file in the Field Experiences Office at the School of Education.