To make sure that you possess the knowledge, skills, and disposition required to become a successful teacher, you will be required to complete assessments throughout your teacher preparation program.
These assessments are divided into three transition points or gateways through which you pass as you prepare for certification:
All teacher education candidates are required to attend a Teacher Education Orientation Workshop to learn more about these requirements.
Additional fees required
As a teacher candidate, you are required to purchase an ePortfolio account, which is LiveText. A LiveText license currently costs $80 for five years. In addition, criminal background checks and Illinois Certification Testing requirements require fees.
If you are student teaching, all Gateway II requirements must be met by:
The Council for Teacher Education (CTE) at Illinois State University adopted a series of teacher education requirements often referred to as "The Teacher Education Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) System" for implementation during the Fall 2002. This collection of assessments and requirements were developed to ensure that all teacher candidates completing a teacher preparation program possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for successful teaching careers. In addition, it ensures that Illinois State University teacher education programs meet the Illinois State Board of Education and national accreditation requirements.
These assessments are driven by institutional standards derived from the conceptual framework, Realizing the Democratic Ideal, and the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. Assessment results allow for the monitoring of individual candidate progress and continual program evaluation.