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Division of Education and Counseling

The Mission of the Division of Education and Counseling at Lindenwood University-Belleville is to prepare educators, counselors, and leaders who meet the standards set forth by the national accrediting organizations, state licensing agencies, and/or other learned societies.

Students who complete the program are:

  1. Educated in the theory and research-based practices of their content field from a global perspective.
  2. Able to demonstrate best practices in pedagogy and adult learning/andragogy.
  3. Caring professionals who are disciplined and others-centered.  They are skilled in communication and collaboration with diverse learners, colleagues, community, and other stakeholders.
  4. Lifelong learners who pursue ongoing professional development in order to respond to the changing needs of their educational context.

Introduction

The initial teacher education program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

Lindenwood University – Belleville has recently been granted recognition as an institution and recognition as an education unit by the Illinois State Board of Education.  It has been granted authority to entitle undergraduate students for Illinois endorsement in the programs of Elementary Education 1- 6 and PE K-12.

School Counseling PK – 21 was also approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.  These programs will begin in the fall of 2017 academic year. 

Those undergraduate students who desire to work in an educational field but do not desire teaching certification may pursue a degree in Educational Studies.

Please note that while the staff of Lindenwood University continues to make appropriate adjustments to the Belleville website and various documents to align to the new Illinois requirements for Elementary Education 1 – 6, PE K – 12, and School Counselor PK – 21, it is possible that all modifications have not yet been made.  Please be sure to consult frequently with your advisor if you are a student in one of these newly approved programs. 

Students in the pipeline for degree completion or in a program not listed above may be eligible for Missouri educator certification.  Please see the Lindenwood University- St. Charles School of Education website for more details.

Application

A student who seeks entrance into the teacher education program typically does so after successful completion of 10 hours of education coursework. Students apply during EDU 21501 Teacher Education Seminar I. All application for admission to the teacher education program and admission to student teaching must be completed and submitted in Foliotek.

Admission

The teacher education program is divided into three stages or benchmarks and is the result of action by the Council of Teacher Education (CTE). The council, broadly representative of all schools at the University, considers the student’s application to the teacher education program to be in Stage One after the student has completed the six steps outlined below. The student will not be allowed to enroll in most upper level or methods coursework until he/she has been formally admitted at Benchmark/Stage 1 to the teacher education program. 

Benchmark I

  • Students have been accepted into Lindenwood University – Belleville.
  • Students have taken at least 10 hours and may take up to 15 hours of education coursework including:
    1. Orientation to Education Experiences (EDU 10000)
    2. 30-hour practicum experience (EDU 11100) - Requires an Illinois Criminal Background check
    3. Psychology of Teaching and Learning (EDU 20200)
    4. Education of the Exceptional Child (EDU 34100)
    5. Health, Nutrition, and Safety (EDU 34500) – Elementary students
    6. Reading/Writing Across Curriculum (EDU 38700) – K-12 students
    7. Content Literacy for Diverse Learners (EDU 30710) – K-12 students
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 and at least a 3.0 in all education and content course work.
  • Students must pass all sections of the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (ITAP) or
    • Passed a Basic Skills Test required of a different state for certification, or:
    • ACT Score:
      • Prior to 9/1/15 - Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing portion.
      • 9/1/15 to 9/9/16 – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 on the Writing portion.
      • 9/10/16 and later – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion.
    • SAT Score:
      • Prior to 3/5/16 - Composite score of 1030 (critical writing + mathematics = 1303 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on writing.
      • 3/5/16 and later – Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language.
    • The student is then recommended to the Council of Teacher Education (CTE) for admittance into the Department of Teacher Education.

Benchmark II

  • Students complete all professional education coursework indicated in their program.
  • Students complete any content courses required by their program.
  • Students must complete the disposition assessment, the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP) and develop a professional growth plan with his/her advisor.
  • Students pass the Illinois Content Assessment (may require more than one test depending on certification sought) as indicated by their area of certification.
  • Student completes student teaching application including:
    • Fingerprinting,
    • Tuberculosis test,
    • Other required information.
  • Student maintains a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 and 3.0 or above in all education and content coursework.
  • Student completes and submits all portfolio activities.

Benchmark III

  1. Student successfully completes Student Teaching.
  2. Student attends all weekly seminars.
  3. Student completes and passes the EdTPA.
  4. Student is approved by the Certification Officer.

Professional Educator License (PEL)

Students entering the academic year Fall 2017 majoring in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) or Physical Education (grades K-12) will be seeking an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed in the appropriate subject area.

Students will work directly with the Licensure Officer to complete the process to receive their Illinois PEL.


Dr. Tammy T. Moore, Licensure Officer
636-949-4379
Tmoore@lindenwood.edu

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Education and Counseling Division at Lindenwood University-Belleville is to prepare educators, counselors, and leaders who meet the standards set forth by the national accrediting organizations, state licensing agencies, and/or other learned societies.

Our program completers are . . .

  1. Educated in the theory and research-based practices of their content field from a global perspective.
  2. Able to demonstrate best practices in pedagogy and adult learning/andragogy.
  3. Caring professionals who are disciplined and others-centered.  They are skilled in communication and collaboration with diverse learners, colleagues, community, and other stakeholders.
  4. Lifelong learners who pursue ongoing professional development in order to respond to the changing needs of their educational context.
Lindenwood University
2600 West Main Street
Belleville, IL 62226