Laurie Elish-Piper, Ph.D., dean
David Walker, Ph.D., associate dean, Academic Affairs
William Pitney, Ed.D., associate dean, Research, Resources, and Innovation
The departments of the College of Education offer baccalaureate programs leading to the degrees Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.). The College of Education offers a contract major leading to the B.S. degree and the Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) degree.
Department Names and Undergraduate Programs Offered
Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
B.S.Ed. in elementary education
Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
B.S. in athletic training
B.S. in kinesiology
B.S.Ed. in physical education
Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations
Department of Special and Early Education
B.S. in early childhood studies
B.S.Ed. in special education
State Requirements for Educator Licensure
ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency
Successful completion of the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) is required for entry into educator licensure programs in the College of Education and is listed as a prerequisite (PRQ) for many professional courses. The test bulletins and applications are available at the Office of Testing Services and in department offices. Students who intend to enter an educator licensure program need to take the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency as soon as possible.
All professional education and content-area course work that forms part of an application for licensure, endorsement, or approval must have been passed with a grade no lower than C or equivalent in order to be counted towards fulfillment of the applicable ISBE requirements. Students must see individual program advisors for list of courses.
Dean’s List Criteria
The College of Education recognizes undergraduates whose academic performance has been outstanding through the Dean’s List. The Dean’s List recognizes those students who achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) while completing a minimum of 12 graded semester hours within a fall or spring semester.
Literacy Clinic Services
The university offers clinical services in literacy to both elementary and secondary school students. Parents and school officials may avail themselves of this service by directing their correspondence to the director of the Literacy Clinic.
One of the clinic’s main purposes is to provide a greatly needed service, but it also plays an important role in the program of graduate students who wish to specialize in the teaching of literacy or to become clinicians. Through the clinic, teachers are provided an opportunity to make diagnostic studies of children who have literacy problems.