110 Education Building
1310 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
The College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
offers undergraduate degree programs in two of the six departments
within the college. The departments that offer undergraduate degree
programs, and the programs offered by each, are described below.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers degree programs
in elementary education and early childhood education and provides
the supporting course work for the teacher education minor in secondary
education. Students who satisfactorily complete the degree program
in elementary education are eligible for the University's recommendation
for Illinois certification in grades kindergarten through nine.
The early childhood education degree program prepares students for
recommendation for Illinois early childhood certification (birth
through grade three). The program also incorporates course work
leading to an early childhood special education approval. Only students
who have earned at least 60 semester hours are considered for admission
to the elementary or early childhood curricula. The teacher education
minor in secondary education is a component of the teaching option
within the following Sciences and Letters majors in the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences: biology, chemistry, English, geology,
history, mathematics, and physics.. Students who satisfactorily
complete an LAS degree in one of these areas and the teacher education
minor in secondary education are eligible for the University's recommendation
for Illinois certification in grades six through twelve. For additional
information regarding Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements, see
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Additional information regarding the teacher education minor in
secondary education may be found at the end of the College of Education's
The Department of Special Education offers an undergraduate field-based
professional preparation program designed to prepare teacher candidates
to work with individuals with varying disabilities including: learning
disabilities, social or emotional disorders, cognitive disabilities,
physical disabilities and other health impairments, autism and traumatic
brain injury. Candidates who successfully complete the degree program
are eligible for the University's recommendation for Illinois certification
to teach students with disabilities from preschool through age 21
in a range of settings.
In addition to these degree programs, a two-year curriculum in the
College of Education, called education general, is available to
students who have completed less than 60 semester hours of credit.
It is designed to accommodate students admitted as freshmen who
are uncertain about the specific degree programs they wish to pursue
in the College of Education and who need to complete additional
hours required for admission to all curricula in the college.
In addition to offering undergraduate degree programs in education,
the College of Education, under the auspices of the Council on Teacher
Education, cooperates with four other undergraduate colleges on
the Urbana-Champaign campus to provide courses in professional education
to undergraduate students who are preparing for careers in teaching
and special educational services.
The College of Education also offers graduate degree programs. Detailed
information concerning graduate programs in education may be obtained
by referring to the College of Education Graduate Programs Handbook
available in 120 Education Building.
All freshmen are admitted to the education general curriculum. Junior
standing, at least 60 semester hours of baccalaureate-oriented course
work attained at an accredited institution of higher learning, is
required for admission to the programs in elementary education, early
childhood education and the teacher education minor in secondary education.
Competitive applicants who will have completed at least 30 hours at
the end of their freshmen year may apply for sophomore admission to
the special education program.
Admission to the College of Education at any level (freshmen, transfers
from other institutions, or on-campus transfers from other colleges)
is competitive. Freshmen must complete the University's minimum high
school subject pattern described in the undergraduate admissions section
elsewhere in this catalog. In addition, freshman applications are
evaluated for admission based on ACT/SAT scores and the high school
percentile rank achieved at the conclusion of the junior year in high
school. Admission for transfer from other institutions and for on-campus
transfer is based on the following criteria: the cumulative and University
of Illinois grade point average(s), grades earned in the course work
of the intended major, completion of required course pattern, the
quality of the applicant's personal statement and the essay submitted
with the Supplemental Application to Teacher Education programs, and
space availability in the desired curriculum. At the time of publication,
the minimum grade point average for transfer admission was 3.1. A
student whose cumulative average is below the minimum criteria may
be considered individually, on a petition basis, if enrollment vacancies
exist in the curriculum to which the student is seeking admission
and if a compelling rationale is presented.
Each undergraduate student in the College of Education must meet the
University requirements and the requirements of the Council on Teacher
Education for graduation; both sets of requirements are found elsewhere
in this catalog. Students in all curricula must meet the course and
academic credit requirements of their curricula with satisfactory
scholastic averages. Student teaching is required of all undergraduates
in teacher education and must be completed at the University of Illinois
Students in need of additional information concerning regulations
and requirements of the College of Education should consult their
academic advisers or the associate dean for instructional programs
in the College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
110 Education Building, 1310 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820.
For additional requirements pertaining to certification, please refer
to the Council on Teacher Education.
In order to meet the University's current requirements in general
education, each candidate for a degree from the College of Education
must complete Composition I; Advanced Composition; Quantitative Reasoning
I and II; Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Cultures; Cultural
Studies: Non-Western/U.S. Minority Cultures; Foreign Language through
the third semester college course; and six hours in each of the following
areas: Humanities/Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences/Technology.
In most teacher education curricula, additional credit in these areas
is required. These requirements are generally fulfilled by course
work offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students
must select their courses for general education from the campus general
education course list.
Honors at Graduation
Eligibility for graduation with honors is established after all grades
are recorded following a student's final semester. A student who achieves
the required scholastic average in all work presented for graduation
(excluding credit for courses not included in the computation of the
grade point average) may be recommended for honors as follows: honors,
minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75; high honors, minimum
cumulative grade point average of 3.85; highest honors, minimum cumulative
grade point average of 3.90.
Edmund J. James Scholars
The James Scholar program is a University-wide honors program established
to encourage undergraduate research and independent study and to foster
scholarly endeavors. As a James Scholar, students are entitled to
certain academic privileges, including access to the "stacks"
in the library, priority assignment of registration time, and official
recognition on the University of Illinois transcript.
The college establishes the minimum criteria for participation in
the program and invites eligible students to participate. Selection
criteria for beginning freshmen is based on a selection index determined
at the time of admission which combines the high school percentile
rank and the student's ACT composite. Transfer and continuing students
must have achieved at least a 3.5 cumulative and University of Illinois
grade point average to participate.
Students are certified as James Scholars by the college on a yearly
basis. To qualify for this certification, the student must complete
one honors course each semester and maintain a 3.5 University of Illinois
and cumulative grade point average. More information concerning the
James Scholar program can be found elsewhere in this catalog.