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Admission, Retention and Graduation Requirements

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Goodwin College of Education Undergraduate and Teaching Licensure Program (TLP) Admission Process

Minimum admission requirements for all candidates:

  • “C” or better in ENGL-101 OR ENG-102
  • “C” or better in college level math leading to NEIU math competency (3 credit hours)
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • 30 semester credit hours at NEIU or from a transfer institution


  1. Meet with your Goodwin College of Education professional advisor to declare your major/minor. Download the Declaration Form.
  2. Complete the Goodwin College Application available in TK20. Use your student NEIU login user name and password. View TK20 instructions.
    (If currently not enrolled in classes, see Login Help)

Supporting Documents for a Complete Application File for all Candidates:

Additional Documents for Candidates Seeking Admission to Teacher Preparation Programs:

  • A proof of passing score on a Test of Basic Skills (i.e. TAP or ACT or SAT). If you are using ACT or SAT in Lieu of TAP, please follow these steps.
  • Federal and State of Illinois Background Checks. (Per the State of Illinois School Code, candidates applying to teacher preparation programs must pass federal and State of Illinois background checks.) If you are having problems with the regular fingerprint, the ink and roll fingerprinting process might be a solution. Read more about this process.

Additional Information

  • Application deadline dates
  • Superscoring is now available on the ACT/SAT. If you do not have an overall passing composite score, it is possible to add the highest subject scores from each test and divide by the total number of tests to obtain a composite score. Read more about this option.
  • If English is not your first language and you need accommodations and English support to take TAP: complete these steps.
  • The Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education (GCOE) expressly reserves the right to consider candidates for admission based on criteria in addition to the admission application. Specifically, the GCOE may deny a student admission based on information that indicates the student lacks professional judgment or has exhibited behavior that calls into question the student's suitability for the teaching profession. Any student denied admission to the GCOE may request review of the determination and will be afforded an opportunity to respond to the information upon which the decision is based. 

For application questions, please contact:

Marlena Kruk
GCOE Undergraduate Admissions Specialist
Goodwin College of Education
Office of the Dean
(773) 442-5509


Please contact the Department of Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies at (773) 442-5586 in LWH 4010 and provide them with scanned copies of the syllabi and your transcript from the college/university for which you are seeking to transfer credit.


Requirements for retention within the Goodwin College of Education (GCOE) and program-specific requirements are listed in the NEIU Academic Catalog - Goodwin College of Education section.


Undergraduate programs:

In order to graduate, you must fulfill University, Goodwin College of Education, and Program requirements. Refer to the NEIU Academic Catalog for specific information regarding these requirements.

Approximately two terms before you plan to graduate, you should complete and submit a graduation application form from Enrollment Services. The application will have specific instructions regarding the steps to follow in order to apply for graduation. You should also see your program advisor to make certain you have completed all requirements and necessary paperwork.

Graduate programs:

Candidates should apply for graduation approximately one semester in advance of you graduation date. Obtain a graduation application from the Graduate Records Office or online. Deadline dates and further information can be found on the graduation application.


Contact the GCOE Dean's Office

T (773) 442-5500

F (773) 442-5510

Contact the GCOE Dean's Office

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