To be admitted to teacher education in special education, students must have a minimum NIU GPA of 3.00 and must have successfully completed the ICTS Test of Basic Skills. To remain a major in special education, students must earn a grade of C or better in TLSE 240, ETR 434, TLSE 375, TLSE 420, TLSE 435, TLSE 440, TLSE 445, TLSE 452, TLSE 454, and TLSE 455. In addition, students must earn a grade of S in the clinical courses TLSE 260, TLSE 466, and TLSE 468. Early clinical experiences in special education must equal a minimum of 100 contact hours. Students who do not meet these requirements must retake the course(s). Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.
Students are expected to meet all university and College of Education standards for retention. They also must meet the standards set forth in the Council for Exceptional Children Code of Ethics and Standards for Professional Practice for Special Educators.