Milestone 1: Admission to Candidacy

All students pursuing an Educator Preparation Program must submit all Milestone 1 requirements in order to advance to Milestone 2.   Milestone 1 requirements are only accepted at specific times during the semesters. Once all Milestone 1 requirements are received and approved, the student is considered a candidate in the specific program. Students pursuing singular endorsements are required to submit all Milestone 1 requirements.

Milestone 1: Requirements

  1. Complete Candidacy Application
  2. Request ACT or SAT send an official score report to ISBE
  3. Email the following documents to Council on Teacher Education

A) Evidence of Passing Initial Licensure Exam – TAP, SAT w/ Writing or ACT w/ Writing in PDF format

B) Certification of Completion for Mandated Reporter of Child Abuse Training in PDF format

C) Certification of Completion for FERPA Training in PDF format

D) Certification of Completion for Teacher Safety Education Module in PDF format

E) Copy of UIC DARS Report  in PDF format (BA Urban Education students only)

F) Letter of Recommendation 50 Service Learning Hours (BA Urban Education students only)

G) 2 Letters of Recommendation (Undergraduate Secondary & Foreign Language students only)

H) Writing Sample (Undergraduate Secondary & Foreign Language students only)

Information on each Candidacy requirement can be found below. Candidacy Applications are also evaluated based upon completion of the following standards: 1) completed/currently enrolled in program specific coursework; and 2) met major GPA and cumulative GPA requirements. These standards are program specific. Contact a program representative for more information.

Milestone 1: Deadlines

Milestone 1 requirements are due based on degree program.

  • Graduate students: Milestone 1 requirements are due within the first two weeks of the first semester of coursework.
  • Undergraduate Urban Education students: Milestone 1 requirements are due May 15.
  • Undergraduate Secondary & Foreign Language Education students: Milestone 1 requirements are due October 1 (Fall Deadline) or March 1 (Spring deadline).

Candidacy Application

Students must complete the candidacy application online using the link below. As part of the Candidacy Application, students will be asked to provide their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN). Student must create an Educator License Information System (ELIS) account to receive an IEIN.

Evidence of Passing Initial Licensure Exam

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires all students pursuing Educator Preparation Program to send evidence of a passing score on one of the initial license exams. Initial Licensure Exams include: TAP, ACT w/ Writing or SAT w/ Writing. Students with passing scores on the TAP do not need to send scores.

To send scores, request ACT or SAT send an official score report to ISBE. (ISBE must receive the score reports directly from ACT/SAT.) For ACT, use institution code 3001, and for SAT, use institution code 6773. To submit passing score to CTE, students are encouraged to scan a passing score report and email CTE a pdf version.

Students must meet the minimum passing score for the Initial Licensure Exam. Failing to do so will result in an incomplete Candidacy Application. If a student does not meet the minimum required scores, it is the student’s responsibility to register and provide passing scores by the submission deadline.

Students intending to Superscore in order to meet minimum passing score requirements should contact CTE prior to submitting their Candidacy requirements.

There are several reasons students may be granted special accommodation, such as a time extension, while taking an Initial Licensure Exam. Students are encouraged to review the specific Initial Licensure Exam website for accommodation information. Click on the appropriate test for specific eligibility information: TAP, ACT or SAT.

Minimum Initial Licensure Exam Scores

Initial Licensure Exam Minimum Composite Score Minimum Writing Score
TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency 240 (in each subsection) N/A
ACT w/ Writing - American College Testing with Writing 22
    6: 9/10/16 to Current​
    16: 9/1/15 to 9/9/2016
    19: Prior to 9/1/15
SAT w/ Writing - Scholastic Aptitude Test with Writing
    1110: 3/5/16-Current
    1030: Prior to 3/5/16
    26: 3/5/16 to Current
        450: Prior to 3/5/16

Mandated Reporter

All school personnel (including teacher candidates) are considered mandated reporters. Students completing field experience or student teaching are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. Additional information on Mandated Reporting in relations to Educator Preparation and School Personnel program students can be found here.

As part of Milestone 1 requirements, students must successfully complete Mandated Reporter Training. After completing the Mandated Reporter Training, students will be presented a Certification of Completion. Email CTE a PDF copy of Certification of Completion and retain a copy.

Complete the Mandated Reporter Training here.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly known as FERPA, is a federal law governing the privacy of educational records. It grants specific rights to students and sets restrictions on how schools may handle educational records. FERPA requires that schools obtain written permission from students before releasing educational records.

As part of Milestone 1 requirements, students must successfully complete FERPA Training. After completing the FERPA Training, students will be presented a Certification of Completion. Email CTE a PDF copy of Certification of Completion and retain a copy.

Complete the FERPA Training here.

Teacher Safety Education Module

Illinois law requires all state universities to include safety education for teachers and other education professionals. Students can fulfill this requirement by completing the Teacher Safety Module, which takes between 60 and 90 minutes to complete. All questions must be answered correctly in order to progress to the next page of the module.

As part of Milestone 1 requirements, students must successfully complete Teacher Safety Module. After completing the Teacher Safety Module, students will be presented a Certification of Completion. Email CTE a PDF copy of Certification of Completion and retain a copy.

Complete the Teacher Safety Module here.

DARS Report - BA Urban Education students only

The Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) is a computerized system at UIC used to evaluate a student’s progress toward graduation. The audit delineates every course taken and places each course into its appropriate category whether as a general education course, major course, or elective. Additionally, DARS shows hours earned, residency requirements, grade point averages, and other valuable information. The DARS Report is used by CTE for evaluating a student’s progress, fulfillment of requirements, and outstanding requirements. Students can obtain their DARS report by following the directions below. Email CTE a PDF copy of the DARS Report and retain a copy.

  • Go to myuic.apps.uillinois.edu and login
  • Select the “Student” tab
  • Select “uAchieve Degree Audit – DARSWeb” to receive a DARS report

Letter of Recommendation 50 Service Learning Hours - BA Urban Education students only

BA Urban Education students are required to submit a Letter of Recommendation Form with their Candidacy declaration.

CTE encourages students to complete the student section of the Letter of Recommendation Form, and then forward the form to the recommender. Then, the recommender can email the student’s completed Letter of Recommendation Form to CTE.

The Letter of Recommendation Form by Supervisor of 50 Service Learning Hours can be found here.

2 Letter of Recommendation - Undergraduate Secondary & Foreign Language students Only

Undergraduate Secondary & Foreign Language students are required to submit 2 Letter of Recommendation Forms with their Candidacy application. Students must submit one Academic Letter and one Supervisory Letter. The Academic Letter must come from a professor or instructor of a college-level course. The Supervisory Letter must come from an employer or supervisor of volunteer activities.

CTE encourages students to complete the student section of the Letter of Recommendation Form, and then forward the form to the recommender. Then, the recommender can email the student’s completed Letter of Recommendation Form to CTE.

The Letter of Recommendation Forms can be found here.

Writing Sample - Undergraduate Secondary & Foreign Language students only

Undergraduate Secondary & Foreign Language students must submit a Writing Sample with their Candidacy application. Students must submit the writing sample as a Word document or PDF version.

To learn more about writing sample requirements, click here.