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Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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The Council on Teacher Education (CoTE) is the professional education unit for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.  CoTE oversees the 30 programs that prepare teachers, school leaders, and school service personnel for licensure by the State of Illinois.  The three major responsibility areas of CoTE are (1) licensure of candidates; (2) accreditation of professional education programs; and (3) supervision of preservice field experiences.  CoTE provides services to students, faculty, college and campus administration, and the state of Illinois.

Professional education preparation programs are offered in the Colleges of Education; Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Applied Health Sciences; Fine and Applied Arts; the Graduate College; the School of Social Work; and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. 

Changes to Admission Requirements

The Illinois State Board of Education recently filed emergency rules that would allow prospective candidates to use their ACT/SAT score in lieu of passing the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) for admission to an educator preparation program. Click here to see more.

Summer hours

Beginning May 19, 2014 CoTE will be open from 8:00 - 4:30


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Q.  When should I apply for licensure?

A.  If you are completing an approved program at the Urbana campus you should apply at the beginning of the semester in which you will complete your program.

Q.  Where can I get an application for licensure?

A.  Applications are available through the Student Portal on the left-side menu.

Q.  Can I print an application from the Illinois State Board of Education web site and submit that to the Council on Teacher Education?

A.  No.  You must use the application provided by the Council on Teacher Education.

Q.  Must I have passed all of my licensure tests before I apply for licensure?

A.  No.  Submit your application even if you still have tests to complete.  We can begin processing your application on the assumption that we will receive your test scores before the end of the semester.

Q.  When I apply for licensure will the University provide the ISBE with my official transcripts?

A.  No, it is your responsibility to provide the transcripts.


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