Education Majors Requirements

Every education major intending to transfer into an Illinois college/university must:

  1. Pass a criminal background check. More information about this requirement can be found at
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. Many education programs require an even higher GPA for admission to a specific area of teaching: i.e. elementary education. All coursework for education majors must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
  3. Begin documenting all opportunities you have had to work with school-aged children/adolescents. The hours documented will become part of a portfolio of experience required by the state of Illinois. Retain copies of class projects related to working with children as part of your portfolio.
  4. Decide as soon as possible which transfer institution will be your school of choice. This is important since not all education programs have the same course requirements and you want to be sure you are choosing the most appropriate courses during your first two years of study.
  5. Find out if your transfer institution requires a separate application into the education program. Become aware of application deadlines and be sure to apply early so that your application receives the greatest consideration.
  6. Realize that students interested in teaching at the secondary level (grades 6-12) must major in the subject they wish to teach. Be aware that many of these subject areas are found within a college of liberal arts and sciences at a university and you must meet the graduation requirements of this college. Often that means including a foreign language competency.

Elementary Education option leads to licensure for teachers to work in first through sixth grades.

Early Childhood Education option leads to licensure for teachers to work with children from birth through second grade.

Middle-Level Education teaches grades 5-8 with options in Literacy Endorsement, Mathematics Endorsement, Science Endorsement & Social Studies Endorsement. Students are required to choose two subject areas in which to focus their studies.

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