WheTEP Prerequisites


The Wheaton Teacher Education Program (WheTEP) requires initial screening before any student is accepted and eligible to enroll in the appropriate methods courses. These prerequisites are found in the WheTEP Hndbk I.  WheTEP applications are due by Oct. 1 of the junior year, even if not student teaching until spring of the senior year.

They include:

A. Minimum Overall Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of 2.50 (3.0 for M.A.T.)

B. Minimum G.P.A. of 2.50 (3.0 for M.A.T.) in EDUC 135, EDUC 136 (formerly EDUC 125) and EDUC 225 (or their transfer equivalents) with no grade lower than a “C”

C. Minimum G.P.A. of 2.50 (3.0 for M.A.T.) in the candidate’s major

D. Grade of “C” or better in any major, professional, or concentration course which will be counted toward teacher certification

E. Successful completion of the SAT/ACT waiver or all sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) > >

F. Acceptable performance on all of the performance assignments as specified in EDUC 135 and 136 (or EDUC 125) and EDUC 225

G. For those who enrolled in EDUC 125, satisfactory completion of the technology fluency assessment (CAT1)

H. Acceptable performance in the EDUC 136L/515L (or 125L) multicultural tutoring practicum as assessed by the candidate’s tutoring coordinator using the tutoring evaluation form

I. Acceptable performance in the EDUC 225L/521L teacher aiding practicum as assessed by the candidate’s cooperating teacher using the teacher aiding evaluation form

J. Acceptable completion of a reflective assignment based on the EDUC 225L/521L observations

K. A positive recommendation from the candidate’s major department (Recommendation form sent to advisor from Education Department)

L. Successful completion of a WheTEP interview

M. An affirmation of appropriate dispositions as indicated by the evaluations of the candidate’s practicum performance and a formal vote of the faculty in the Department of Education.        

Items A-J are generally completed by the beginning of the junior year.

Other Criteria:

A. Completion of the WheTEP application

B. The candidate’s affirmation of freedom from any disqualifying legal convictions and a signed statement indicating that he/she will inform the Department of Education of any subsequent convictions

C. Submission to a fingerprint-based criminal background check required prior to methods practicum and/or student teaching

D. Submission to a TB test prior to student teaching if required by the school district to which the candidate is assigned.

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