Welcome to the Teacher Education Program Application Process

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

The following criteria are required for acceptance: 

1. Achieve a C or better in your first education class at Dominican or in transfer (NOTE:  This requirement changed from a C- or better to a C or better with the beginning of the spring 2019 semester).

2. Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.

3.  A clear finger print and background check is required. All candidates must complete the Chicago Public School (CPS) Registration form, which includes finger printing and background checks. Please follow the steps outlined in the CPS Field Experience Guide.

  1. The CPS Field Experience Registration requests the following information:

    Field Placement Coordinator Name:                     Bridget Burns

    Field Placement Coordinator Contact Number:      (708) 524-6806

    Field Placement Coordinator E-mail Address:        brburns@dom.edu

    Name of CPS Placement School:                          Unknown

    You will receive an email Approval Notice from CPS. Please save that email and know that when you do field experience at a CPS school, you may need to show your Approval Notice to the school. Please also upload a screenshot of the CPS Approval Notice at the spot indicated on the online application. If you have any questions about your application, please email Monica Halloran at mhallora@dom.edu.

Follow the steps below which are required for the application to the Teacher Education Program:

1. Click here to set up a licensure account (ELIS) at the Illinois State Board of Education website to obtain an Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN).

2. Complete the Teacher Education Program Online Application. When you are finished with the application, a confirmation will be sent to your email for your records.

3. After receiving notification of your acceptance into the TEP with a formal letter, you should complete a Declaration of Major form which can be obtained from the Student Success and Engagement Office or here.  This is an important step in making sure your major and your advisor line up properly.

The following criteria are required in order to continue as a candidate in the Teacher Education Program:

* Cumulative GPA of 2.75; Education GPA of 2.75

* A minimum grade of C- in all courses presented for licensure

* 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 advisers will develop an intervention/remediation plan for the candidate. The plan is designed to support candidates in addressing the criteria above that are not satisfied. If the plan is not successfully met, the candidate may be withdrawn from the program.

Admission to clinical practice is determined on the basis of the candidate’s written application and other records as measured against criteria established by the Dominican University Teacher Education Committee. Students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for clinical practice:

  1. Meet ISBE test score requirements - pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or receive a score of at least 22 on the ACT Plus Writing or a composite score of 1110 on the SAT evidence-based reading, writing + mathematics. Click here for more information. 
  2. The Content Test for your licensure area must be taken and passed by June for Fall application for Spring Clinical Practice and by the previous November for Spring application for Fall Clinical Practice. You can register and get more information at ICTS Testing Service: http://www.icts.nesinc.com/
  3. In addition to a passing score by the required date on the appropriate Content Test, the following prerequisites for placement are necessary:
  • Completion of education courses specified in your program
  • Minimum grade of C- in all courses presented for licensure and Dominican University background check
  • At least 75 field experience hours are completed and no more than 25 hours are in process during the term in which you are applying. 
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75; Education GPA of 2.75
  • Approval of your education advisor


Application Resource Materials

Below are several resource materials to assist you in your application.