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

1. All candidates must meet the minimum admission requirements below.

  • “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

2. All candidates must follow the instructions provided in the link below.

Apply to GCOE

Important Information

  • Compiling your application file is a lengthy and detailed process. It might take upwards of two months. Candidates are strongly urged to finalize all tasks well in advance of deadlines to allow themselves time to complete subsequent steps in the admission process.

  • All application items must be on file with the GCOE Office of Admissions in LWH 4045 by the application deadline dates. Any paper documentation should be converted into digital format and emailed to

PLEASE NOTE: For FALL 2020 admission consideration, YOUR Tk20 APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 10, 2020. However, in order to accommodate you in the current challenging circumstances, the deadline for SUBMITTING ALL OTHER DOCUMENTATION (fingerprint results, academic reference responses, transcripts, etc). IS EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 17, 2020.

  • Please use the Quick Checklist for ALL teacher preparation majors for a list of items needed to complete your application. 

  • 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. 

  • Effective Aug. 13, 2019, the basic skills test (either Test of Academic Proficiency: TAP, or ACT with Writing, or SAT, or Basic Skills Test) is no longer required as an entrance exam for admission to the GCOE or prior to student teaching or for licensure. Please read more.

  • A candidate’s application file will not be decided upon individually nor immediately after all the items are submitted. Rather, all complete applications to the Goodwin College of Education will be reviewed as a batch by the Admissions, Retention and Appeals (ARA) Committee during their monthly meetings. The exact date of the ARA review will be announced in the “Feedback” tab of the candidate’s Tk20 submission. Please check there for this and other application progress updates. Candidates will be notified of the ARA official admission decision via their NEIU email.

For application questions, please contact:

GCOE Undergraduate Admissions Office
Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education
Lech Walesa Hall Room 4045
(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 from which you are seeking to transfer credit.