If you’re interested in a teaching career, you’ll have to go through a series of admission procedures and tests before you can be certified—and even before you’ll be admitted to a teacher licensure program. Remember: admission to Elmhurst College does not guarantee admission to a teacher licensure program.
Admission to a specific teacher licensure program requires:
Attainment of C (2.0) or better in a minimum of six semester hours of English composition (equivalent to ENG 106 or higher)
A cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or above from all institutions of higher education or most recent degree cumulative grade-point average
A major grade-point average of 3.0 for art, foreign language, history, or physical education
A major grade-point average of 2.75 for biology, early childhood education, elementary education, English, geography and environmental geosciences, music education, political science, special education, sociology, and theatre arts
A major grade-point average of 2.5 for chemistry, mathematics, and physics
Evidence of an Illinois State Police criminal background fingerprint check (information is available in the Education Office, at the Regional Office of Education, or for licensed and non-licensed school personnel from the Illinois State Board of Education's Guidance Document. To download a PDF of the Elmhurst College policy, click here.
All courses completed to meet licensure requirements, including general education courses, must be completed for a grade of C (2.0) or higher. Education courses completed more than 10 years before admission to the program will not be accepted.
Students who wish to change teacher education programs after they have been admitted must file a request with the director of teacher education admisson. Admission is program specific and transfer to a different program may not be possible.