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Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to a major in Elementary Education, it is necessary to have:

  • Declared as an elementary education major
  • Received a grade of C or better in ENG 102, MATH 120
  • Completion of CIED 301, 310, 311
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher at all institutions and be in good academic standing at SIUE
  • Completion of 42 semester hours or more of college-level course work
  • Completion of the self-reporting disposition survey on file with the School of Education
  • Completion of all foundations courses with a “C” or higher
  • Completion of CIED 100 or its approved equivalent with a “C” or higher
  • Completion of PSYC 201 or its approved equivalent with a “C” or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher of all post-secondary coursework
  • Passed all areas of the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or equivalent test approved by the State of Illinois Information about the test is available online at You must have a copy of your test scores when you declare your major. (Students now have the option to use their ACT or SAT score in lieu of taking the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)). In order for students to use their ACT scores, they must have taken the ACT test with the writing component within the last 10 years and received a composite score of 22 or higher.

Please note that the State of Illinois is making significant changes in teacher education that may result in revised standards, programs, testing requirements and teaching certificates. It is very important that all prospective and current candidates work closely with their advisors to remain current about course and curriculum changes affecting progress through the programs.

Note: Meeting minimum requirements for admission to elementary education does not guarantee acceptance; there may be more applicants than openings.

Graduation Requirements

  • Grade point average of 2.5 or higher at all institutions and be in good academic standing at SIUE;
  • Completion of all specific program required courses with a C or better
  • Completion of all University requirements including:
    • All general education requirements
    • A minimum of 120 credit hours
      • At least 30 of which must be completed at SIUE
      • At least 60 of which must be completed at a regionally accredited 4-year institution
  • Completion of all skills courses (or approved equivalents) with a
    C or better
    • ENG 101, 102, SPC 101, RA 101, QR 101, IT 300
  • Passing score on the ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency
  • Passing score on required elementary Content Area Test
  • Passing score on required Assessment of Professional
    Teaching test (APT)
  • Application filed for Graduation by the first day of the
    term in which you plan to graduate

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