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Admission, Retention and Graduation Requirements

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


  1. 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)
  2. Download Recommendation Form from a Professor/Instructor available online in TK20.
  3. Upload your unofficial NEIU transcripts in TK20.
  4. If you are an applicant who has been accepted to the Teaching Licensure Program (TLP), please upload your TLP acceptance letter in TK20.
  5. Meet with your Goodwin College of Education professional advisor to declare your major/minor. Download Declaration Form.
  6. Bring your ACT/SAT/TAP scores to the meeting with your advisor.
  7. Obtain Federal and State of Illinois background checks results. View instructions. (Per the State of Illinois School Code, candidates applying to teacher preparation programs must pass Federal and State of Illinois background checks.)
  8. See application deadline dates


  • Minimum admission requirements to the Goodwin College: 
    • “C” or better in English 101
    • “C” or better in a College level Math leading to NEIU math competency (example: MATH 101, or 102, etc.)
    • Must have a 2.5 Cumulative GPA on a 4.0  grading scale
    • 30 semester credits at NEIU or transfer credits.
  • Additional requirements for candidates seeking admission to ALL teacher preparation programs including all initial undergraduate or graduate programs (i.e. Bilingual/Bicultural, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Physical Education, K-12 Education in Music/Art/Spanish, Secondary Education and Special Education): 
    • Create an account on the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS).
    • A Test of Basic Skills is required for admission to all teacher preparation programs. See additional information about the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) accepts the ACT plus writing or SAT in lieu of  TAP. See more information
    • 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. Please, read more about this option.
    • If English is not your first language and you need accommodations and English support to take the ACT Plus Writing Test, please complete these steps.
    • Per the State of Illinois School Code, candidates applying to teacher preparation programs must pass Federal and State of Ilinois background checks. View additional information. If you are having problems with the regular fingerprint, Ink & Roll Fingerprinting Process might be a solution. Read more about this process.
  • The Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education 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
Admission 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.  When you contact the Department, please 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 GoodwinCollege 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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