How to Apply to the Goodwin College of Education

  • Contact your Goodwin College of Education (GCOE) Professional Advisor to prepare for declaration of your major. Submit the signed Declaration of Major form by email to Your major will not be reflected on NEIUport until 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 these minimum admission requirements:

    • "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

      Otherwise, also the transfer transcripts from previous institutions are required. 

    • names and email addresses for two Academic References: professors or instructors who have observed you in an academic setting. Notify your academic references with an email prepared for you in the above link, to alert them of this request.

    • 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 by email to 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.