If you plan to teach in public schools, you’ll need to obtain a license.

  • All education candidates must take required state tests. One test they must take before beginning advanced courses is the state Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP, formerly Basic Skills Test). The TAP test may be waived by obtaining proof of an ACT Plus Writing composite score of at least 22 (and a minimum score of 19 on the writing sub area) or an SAT (critical reading and mathematics) composite score of 1030 (and a minimum score of 450 on the writing sub area).   Each candidate will be required to pass the state content area subject matter test prior to student teaching and the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test before the end of student teaching.  Candidates must also complete the clinical/field experiences.  In addition, completing and passing the edTPA, is a new requirement.  During novice teaching, students complete their first edTPA as a practice.  This one is evaluated by Bradley's University Supervisors. A second edTPA is completed during student teaching and submitted to Pearson for evaluation.  
  • Post bachelor or non-degree seeking students who are pursuing licensure must pass the same state tests, as well as complete all the clinical/field experiences. You will first need to apply to Bradley and have your transcripts evaluated to determine what classes you will need to fulfill the requirements of the teacher education program. To apply, please create an account in Admissions.  You will apply for a second undergraduate degree and then have your official college transcripts sent to Bradley.  Once you have been admitted and your coursework evaluated, the teacher education department will determine whether you need to pursue a second degree or enroll as a non-degree seeking student.  The department will need your transcripts to properly advise you which direction is best to become a licensed teacher.  If you have any questions with the application process, please contact the Admissions Office at 309.677.1000.

To see how our candidates are performing, please see Candidate Performance Data.

Our programs specifically address the standards set forth in the state of Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and those specified in the NCATE/CAEP standards. This alignment of coursework, projects, assignments, and experiences ensures that students are well prepared to obtain certification and licensure.