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Advising in the Teacher Education Program occurs on four levels.

Initial Program Advising:

Before applying to the TEP program, individual potential applicants meet with the Initial Program Adviser, Heather Nielsen, for an introduction to the TEP program and to have their transcripts analyzed.


After being accepted into the TEP program, candidates are required to attend a group orientation to the program. At this orientation applicants are advised concerning general information common to all candidates, such as

  • why they are referred to as ‘candidates’
  • which professors teach which courses
  • how to open a Taskstream account
  • who their faculty advisors are
  • when to see their faculty advisors
  • which assessments and exams are required by the Illinois State Board of Education

Faculty Advising:

Once candidates are accepted into the program, they no longer see the Initial Program Advisors but meet with their faculty advisors instead. Candidates are

  • encouraged to arrange a meeting with their faculty advisors soon after orientation
  • required to meet with their faculty advisors when requesting Special Approvals for methods courses
  • required to meet with their faculty advisors to apply for clinical practice during the first two weeks of the semester prior to clinical practice.

Faculty advisors can also

  • help candidates plan their progression through the program
  • provide information about requesting placements for field experiences
  • direct candidates to appropriate professional development activities

Other University Advising:

Candidates who are completing bachelor’s degrees will also have faculty advisors in their major areas and should consult with those advisors on matters concerning coursework in the major.

Candidates who already have bachelor’s degrees and are completing the TEP program for licensure only may be required to meet with a faculty advisor in a major content area to determine what additional coursework (if any) needs to be taken in order to fulfill Illinois State Board of Education content standards.

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Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407



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