General College of Education Policies

  • Professional education courses completed more than five years before admission to Chicago State University in an education program, either as transfer credit or at Chicago State University, will not be accepted. Other restrictions on the time limit for completing course work may be included in individual program listings. Masters degree seeking student are allowed no more than two (2) C grades in their program. All professional education courses must be completed with a grade of B or better. Grades of D and F are not acceptable and need to be retaken for a higher grade. In professional education, the option of retaking courses for a higher grade is limited to two courses.

  • A grade of C or above is required in all courses in an initial teacher preparation program, either as transfer credit or completed at Chicago State University, including all courses in general education; all required courses in the area of concentration and/or area of specialization (with the exception of the secondary teaching option in chemistry, which allows one grade of D); all required supportive courses; and all other courses in professional education; unless otherwise stated in the general requirements for each program.

  • A grade of B or above is required in PSYC 2040 (ELED and ECH) and any student teaching courses.

  • A maximum of two professional education courses can be repeated once for a higher grade. The higher grade will be included in calculating the grade point average. Students who earn an unacceptable grade in a third professional education course will be dropped from the program.

  • Students who are dropped from a teacher education program are not eligible to pursue initial teacher certification in any undergraduate, graduate, or non-degree program at Chicago State University.

  • Students are responsible for meeting the program requirements in effect at the time they are admitted into the College of Education, regardless of when they entered the university. The College of Education nor Chicago State University is responsible for changes implemented by ISBE or any other governing agency. Students are responsible for meeting any and all additional university requirements.

  • The following courses are designed to develop technology skills among education personnel: PE/REC 2070, ED 4312/5312, T&ED 2120, & T&ED 4346/5346. Enrollees for these classes are expected to provide their own laptops (Either MAC or PC) for use in class. Instructors for these classes should be prepared to use both the MAC and PC platforms in every section of the course. Per the COE Laptop Policy, all students are required to have access to a laptop.

  • A maximum of nine credit hours of professional education courses taken at a junior or community college can be transferred into a teacher preparation program. (undergraduate)

  • Professional education courses completed more than five years before admission to Chicago State University in an education program, either as transfer credit or at Chicago State University, will not be accepted. Other restrictions on the time limit for completing course work may be included in individual program listings.

  • Students are required to gain permission from the College of Education before registering for the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Students are required to pass all four sub-areas on the Mock Examination in Basic Skills administered by the Teacher Development Center (TDC) prior to receiving permission to register for Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) in basic skills. Students who violate this policy and fail the TAP examination may be denied admission into the College of Education.

  • A CSU cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses completed at CSU in an undergraduate program is required for graduation. Other grade requirements may be listed under the general or specific requirements for each program.

  • Courses taken in a teacher education program may be repeated for a higher grade no more than twice. The highest grade will be included in calculating the grade point average. Students who do not earn an acceptable grade in a required course after three attempts will be dropped from the program.

  • A maximum of two professional education courses can be repeated for a higher grade. The higher grade will be included in calculating the grade point average. Students who earn an unacceptable grade in a third professional education course will be dropped from the program.

  • Students who are dropped from a teacher education program are not eligible to pursue initial teacher certification in any undergraduate, graduate, or non-degree program at Chicago State University.

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