Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

Programs of Study

Because McKendree University must meet the requirements issued by the Illinois State Board of Education and the State Licensure Board, their requirements take precedence over the catalog of record for individuals seeking teacher certification recommendation.


Elementary Education


teacher in classroomThe Professional Educator License is valid for teaching in kindergarten and the lower nine (9) grades in the public schools. All candidates for licensure are required to successfully pass state-mandated examinations before licensure is granted. It is required that candidates pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, and pass the content area exam before the student teaching semester. It is required that students pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching exam for program completion. Registration information and study guides for the examinations are available on the Illinois Licensure Testing System web site  (www.il.nesinc.com).

In order to graduate with a major in elementary education, the candidate must complete EDU 115, 210, 309, 350, 358, 401, 429, 430, 441, 442, 445, 446, 460, 495, 498 and SPE 405 with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 in all courses accepted in transfer and all coursework completed at McKendree University. A candidate must receive a grade of C or better in all professional elementary education courses.


Secondary Education


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The Secondary License is valid for teaching in grades six (6) through twelve (12) in the public schools.

All candidates for licensure are required to successfully pass state-mandated examinations before licensure is granted. It is required that candidates pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, and pass the content area exam before the student teaching semester. It is required that candidates pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching test for program completion. Registration information and study guides for the examinations are available on the Illinois Licensure Testing System web site  (www.il.nesinc.com)..

In order to graduate with certification in secondary education, the candidate must complete EDU 115, 210, 310, 350, EDU 358, Content Methods in Area of Teaching Major, EDU 412, 496, 498 and SPE 405 with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 in all courses accepted in transfer and all coursework completed at McKendree University. A candidate must receive a grade of C or better in all courses applied towards licensure or endorsements.


Special K-12 Education

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The Special K-12 License is valid for teaching in grades kindergarten through grade twelve (12) in public schools.

McKendree University has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Teacher Licensure Board to offer courses leading to the Special K-12 License in the areas of Visual Arts, Music and Physical Education.

All candidates for licensure are required to successfully pass state-mandated examinations before licensure is granted. It is required that candidates pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, and pass the content area exam before the student teaching semester. It is required that candidates pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching test for program completion. Registration information and study guides for the examinations are available on the Illinois Licensure Testing System web site (www.il.nesinc.com).

In order to graduate with licensure in Special (K -12) education, the candidate must complete EDU 115, 210, 311, 350, EDU 358, Content Methods in Area of Teaching Major, EDU 412, 497, 498 and SPE 405 with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 in all courses accepted in transfer and all coursework completed at McKendree University. A candidate must receive a grade of C or better in all courses applied towards licensure or endorsements.