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Gates for Teacher Education

The following pages have been designed to give you a check list of the required activities you need to complete at each Gate in order to continue the process toward graduation and teacher licensure.

Gate 1: Orientation to Teacher Education

Gate 1 is completed during EDU101 Explorations in Education and is designed to acquaint you with the Teacher Education Program.

During the Orientation to Teacher Education/Handbook Meeting in class, you will:

  • Review the Teacher Education Handbook
  • Review the Notification of Appeals Process
  • Sign and turn in the "Acknowledgment of Receipt and Responsibility Form" 
  • Receive the Assessment Rubric for Professional Portfolio

Other responsibilities include:

  • Attend an individual meeting with your advisor. During this meeting you need to:
    • Complete a four year plan
    • Receive information on licensure and required testing
  • Successfully complete EDU131, Practicum I
  • Successfully complete the ISBE Test of Academic Proficiency, ACT + Writing, or SAT before spring of your sophomore year

Gate 2: Admission into Teacher Education

Gate 2 is typically completed during the first or second semester of the sophomore year during EDU201 Strategic Education and is designed to begin the admission to Teacher Education process.

Prior to applying for admission into Teacher Education, you must have met the following requirements:

  • Successfully completed EDU102 Day of Assessments
  • Successfully passed the ISBE Test of Academic Proficiency, ACT + Writing, or SAT
    • This is a requirement to receive Illinois Teacher Licensure.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Have a grade of C or higher in all professional, endorsement, and major coursework
  • Complete the Application for Admission into Teacher Education which entails the following:
    • Complete the application
    • Submit an autobiography
    • Submit the Student Development Clearance form
    • Submit your Teacher Education portfolio earning a score of three
    • Submit results of an Illinois State Police criminal background check
    • Make arrangements for three character references that include:
      • At least one from a Judson faculty member
      • At least one from a personal outside source
      • Using the required form from the Admission to Teacher Education packet
  • Receive approval of Teacher Education Faculty
  • Receive acceptance notification from the Chair of the Division of Education

Other Requirements Include:

  • Successfully complete EDU231E and EDU231H practica

Gate 3: Admission to Student Teaching

Gate 3 is typically begun during the first semester of the junior year and is designed to complete the application to student teaching process. Candidates:

  • Must pass their Content Area Exam prior to the beginning of student teaching
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Have a grade of C or higher in all professional, endorsement, and major coursework
  • Complete the Application for Student Teaching, which includes:
    • Complete the application packet
    • Make arrangements for a criminal background check
    • Make arrangements for health clearance
      • Check procedure with the Placement Coordinator; some districts will require a physical and/or TB test prior to Practicum III and/or Student Teaching
    • Submit the Student Development Clearance form
  • Submit the Teacher Education Portfolio on the final Wednesday of Practicum III and earn the required score
  • Receive successful University Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher evaluations during Practicum III

Gate 4: Completion of Entitlement and Degree Requirements

Gate 4 must be completed during the final semester of enrollment at Judson and is designed to assist in the degree completion and state teacher licensure process. Candidates:

  • Must pass the edTPA before they can receive a Professional Educator License in Illinois
    • This is completed during Student Teaching
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Have a grade of C or higher on all professional, endorsement, and major coursework
  • Receive successful Student Teaching evaluations from the Cooperating Teacher and University Supervisor
  • Submit the Teacher Education Portfolio during Senior Seminar and earn the required score
  • Complete the Entitlement Application packet during Senior Seminar


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