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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

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Do you have a list of commonly used terms?

The Council on Teacher compiled the Education Preparation Program Terms Glossary, a helpful guide to navigating undergraduate and graduate UIC Educator Preparation Programs.

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How do I take the correct courses to graduate with licensure?

The Council on Teacher strongly encourages all students in Educator Preparation Programs to meet with their program representative for answers about degree requirements. Some students may find the Sample Undergraduate Secondary Education Licensure Timeline  and the General UIC Catalogue helpful for advising questions.

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What are the additional costs associated with Educator and School Personnel Preparation Programs?

Students pursuing an Approved Illinois Educator or School Personnel Preparation Program are responsible for all fees associated with the degree and non-degree program requirements. Additional Cost of Educator Preparation Programs are not dictated by CTE and may change at any time.

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Where can I find a job?  

On occasion, educational organizations, school administrators, and school districts reach out to the Council on Teacher Education to share job openings. Information from these entities will be shared on our home page. We encourage all educator and school personnel preparation students to contact with UIC Office of Career Services for career support.


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How do I request to enroll in ED 425/ED 432?

Students are required to file a Request to Enroll Form to apply to take ED 425 (undergraduate) or ED 432 (graduate). There are degree specific requirements that must be completed prior to submitting your request to enroll. Students should contact their program representative and visit the Forms tab for more information.

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What is a Petition for Student Teaching? How do I submit the Petition?

UIC teacher candidates may petition to student teach in their own classrooms (Illinois State Board of Education, Section 25.620).  These teacher candidates are still required to complete the entire student teaching process. Student Teaching Petition details can be found on the Forms and the Milestone 2 tabs.

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How do I submit a Student Success Plan?

Occasionally, students need additional guidance to complete requirements. A student’s program representative may suggest or require a student to co-complete a success plan. Success plan details can be found on the Forms tab.

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What are the UIC Standards for Teacher Education?

The Council on Teacher Education (CTE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) requires that each candidate demonstrate the physical, cognitive, behavioral and social capacity to engage in all aspects of the professional education program, including course and fieldwork, and to develop the communication skills and dispositions required of educational professionals. To learn more about UIC Standards for Teacher Candidates click here.

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I have a disability. Who do I contact for support?

UIC is committed to providing access and inclusion for all persons with disabilities. Students who face disability-related access barriers in their program should connect with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). The DRC facilitates the provision of reasonable accommodations to students who have a documented disability through an interactive intake process. In order to receive accommodations, students must register with the DRC and provide the course instructor with a Letter of Accommodation. Determining reasonable accommodations requires consideration of the course design, course learning objectives and the individual academic and course barriers experienced by the student.

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Substitute teaching during student teaching may be an option for students depending on their program, status in the program, placement school/district, and credentials. Please review the substitute teaching policy and contact your program for more information.