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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 Heading link

  1. Complete Candidacy Application
  2. Email the following documents to Council on Teacher Education

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

B) Certification of Completion for FERPA Training in PDF format

C) Complete Teacher Safety Education Module (CTE automatically receives completion confirmation)

D) Copy of UIC DARS Report  in PDF format (Undergraduate students only)

E) Letter of Recommendation 50 Service Learning Hours (BA Urban Education students only) (***WAIVED FOR FL’22 CANDIDATES***)

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

G) 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 Heading link

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 April 1.
  • Undergraduate Secondary & Foreign Language Education students: Milestone 1 requirements are due October 1 (Fall Deadline) or March 1 (Spring deadline).

Background Questions - Read Before Applying to Candidacy Heading link

After you complete your educator preparation program, you will complete a licensure application on the Illinois State Board of Education website. In this application, you will be asked the five following questions:

  1. Have you ever had a license denied, suspended, or revoked in Illinois or any other state?
  2. Have you ever been convicted of a felony or any sex, narcotics, or drug offense in Illinois or any other state?
  3. Have you ever failed to file a tax return with the Illinois Department of Revenue, or failed to pay any tax, penalty, or interest owed as any final assessment of same for any tax as required by law administered by that Department that was not subsequently resolved to the Department’s satisfaction?
  4. Have you ever been named by a state agency responsible for child welfare as a perpetrator in an indicated report of child abuse or neglect if such report was not reversed after exhaustion of any appeal?
  5. Are you delinquent 30 days or more on child support?

These questions are asked on every ISBE application: provisional license, professional educator license, renewal, registration, etc. Please answer these questions truthfully. If you are not honest when answering these questions, your license could be revoked. If you must answer yes to one or more questions, your application will go into a pending review status. Then, ISBE will send you a deficiency letter indicating what documents need to be submitted. For most questions, three professional character references that know about the situation are required.

The application and supplemental documentation shall be reviewed by a committee made up of staff from ISBE’s licensure division. The committee may contact the applicant if additional information is needed. Upon conclusion of the committee’s review, the committee shall notify the applicant of the agency’s decision to deny or its intent to deny an application, by certified mail, return receipt requested mailed to the address shown on the application.

At this time, you do not need to complete any applications on the ISBE website. For more information about this process, please contact Sierra Ryan at sryan27@uic.edu.

Candidacy Application Heading link

Students must complete the candidacy application online using the link below. In order to access and complete the candidacy application, individuals must be enrolled and active UIC students. 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.

Start Candidacy Application

Mandated Reporter Heading link

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 Heading link

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 Heading link

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. The CTE will automatically receive confirmation of students’ completion of the Teacher Safety Education Module.

Complete the Teacher Safety Module here.

DARS Report - BA Urban Education students only Heading link

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 Heading link

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 Heading link

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 Heading link

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.