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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


  • Meet with your Goodwin College of Education Professional Advisor to declare your major. Bring the signed hard copy of Declaration of Major form to the GCOE Office of Admissions in LWH 4045, where it will remain until your application decision day. Your major will be reflected on NEIUport within a few days after your successful admission to the GCOE. 

  • Complete the Tk20 submission. Use your student NEIU login username and password. View Tk20 instructions. If currently not enrolled in classes, see Login Help.

    Tk20 Submission must include:

    • transcripts. Unofficial NEIU transcripts are acceptable if they show the minimum admission requirements from above. Otherwise, also the transfer transcripts from previous institutions are required. 
    • names and email addresses for two Academic References: professors or instructors how have observed you in an academic setting
    • writing response. You may preview the scoring rubric.
    • Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN).* This seven-digit number needed for a future teacher can be retrieved or created at Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS).
  • Provide Fingerprint Background Check Results. Fingerprinting is required from candidates applying to teacher preparation programs, who must pass federal and State of Illinois background checks, per the State of Illinois School Code*.

*Note: IEIN and fingerprinting are not required for Human Resource Development, Community Health or Inner City Studies candidates.

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 steps 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.

  • 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 August 2018, 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 and/or a GCOE licensure program. Instead, the test of basic skills will be required by the GCOE at the start of the semester before student teaching (i.e., the first week of September for Spring Student Teaching and the first week of January classes for Fall Student Teaching).

  • 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
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.