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*NEW REQUIREMENT - EFFECTIVE July 1, 2012

With the new Illinois legislation passage of PA 097-0607, effective July 1, 2012, all candidates enrolled in a program leading to licensure in Illinois must pass all required content tests prior to beginning student teaching or internships.

What this means is that before a student can begin their Practicum (EDL 5890) course, they must have taken and passed the Illinois State Examination (Test 186 - Principal) and the Illinois Basic Skills or Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) Examinations (Tests 096, 300 or 400 series), regardless if applying for the Type 75 certification. Students will not be allowed to log any hours or register for the course in the system until these requirements have been met.

For students who plan to take their Practicum during the Fall semester, will need to sign up and take the exam and have the results back prior to June 1st of each year. Students who plan to take their Practicum during the Spring semester, will need to sign up and take the exam and have the results back prior to October 1st of each year.

Students must register for the exam through the ICTS website. You may get to the site by going through our webpage at http://www.eiu.edu/~edadmin/statecertification.php. Students who do not take the exam or successfully pass the exam cannot complete their Practicum course until they do so.

Any questions may be directed to our office at 217-581-2919.

What is Practicum?

The Practicum course is offered only during the Spring and Fall semesters for students enrolled in the Master's in Educational Administration or Illinois Type 75 Certification programs only. The course is taken near the end of a student's plan of study. A student must have taken the EDL 5630 - Principalship course prior to taking the Practicum course.

To complete the course during the following semester, the application deadlines are as follows:

Spring Term Due in office by July 15 of previous year
(example: taking course Spring 2014, application is due July 15, 2013)

Fall Term Due in office by March 15
(example: taking course Fall 2013, application is due March 15, 2013)

Applications can be mailed or faxed to the department.

Mailing address is: The Department of Educational Leadership, Eastern Illinois University, 2320 Buzzard Hall,
600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920

Fax number is: 217-581-6673

Students are required to attend a Practicum Orientation Meeting prior to beginning their Practicum course. The meeting is usually scheduled for a Sunday afternoon in June or early July for Fall Practicum and October or November for Spring Practicum. Students who plan to use tuition waivers for their Practicum course must notify the department as soon as possible, prior to the orientation meeting. Students do not need to register for this course, assignments are based on geographical location.

Prior to the practicum meeting the Department will host a workshop entitled: Finding your First Administrative Job. Attendance is optional. Faculty members will present information on resume development, finding job openings, preparing an application packet, preparing for an interview, and negotiating a contract.

Resume Handout Preparing for Interview Handout Contract Checklist

The following forms are associated with the EDL 5890 - Practicum Course. Click on the links to download forms for the appropriate semester. (Please note: a password is needed to view/print the forms, contact the department for a password)


EDL 5890 Practicum Handbook

Student Checklist

Demographic Information Form

Self-Assessment Based on ELCC Standards

Equity Audit

Practicum Log Sheet

Practicum Application Form

Practicum Information Worksheet (students will return to EIU Supervisors)

Action Research

Equity Audits

IHSA Equity Center Handout

Finding Your First Administrative Job (PowerPoint)

Practicum in Educational Administration (PowerPoint)

If you have specific questions related to your Practicum, please feel free to contact our department at (217) 581-2919.