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

  • All education candidates must take and pass the required Illinois State tests.  The Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP, formerly Basic Skills Test) must be passed in order to be enrolled in advanced coursework.  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 (tests taken September 2015 or later will be required to have a score of 19 on the writing portion of ACT, and any tests taken under the old format will be required to have a "combined English/writing score" of 19) or the SAT with a composite score of 1030 (critical reading and mathematics) and a minimum score of 450 on the writing.  It is highly recommended to waive the TAP with the ACT or SAT due to the difficulty in passing the TAP.  Each candidate will also be required to pass the state content area subject matter test prior to student teaching.  In addition, the edTPA is a new student teacher performance assessment that will need to be completed at student teaching and passed for licensure.  Candidates will complete their first edTPA during novice teaching as a practice.  
  • Post bachelor seeking students who are pursing licensure must also complete the same program requirements.  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. Depending on the licensure area, you may not need to pursue an undergraduate degree but only take the required teacher education coursework.  Once you have been admitted and your coursework evaluated, the Teacher Education Department will 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 or email  If you are needing coursework to fulfill an endorsement, you will apply in the Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student.  For questions, please call 309.677.2375 or email

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.