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Wheaton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The teacher education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The most recent site visit for accreditation was in November 2014. Teacher candidates graduating from Wheaton programs meet requirements for an initial Professional Educator License (PEL) in the State of Illinois. To complete Illinois licensure requirements, teacher candidates must successfully pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) which can also be met through a waiver due to an ACT or SAT score, a Subject-Matter Knowledge Test, and the edTPA. 

Wheaton College has been granted program approval in the following areas by the Illinois State Board of Education >>

  • Elementary Education
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Geology
  • History/Social Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music Education
  • Physics
  • World Languages (French, German, Spanish)

Updated data from 2010 - 2015 graduates is available on the WheTEACH website >> prepared by a research mentoring group of undergraduate education students.

The department also collects data annually from the principals of the schools in which Wheaton College teacher candidates complete their practica. The most recent data is available here (PDF).

Title II Information

Title II data is required and compiled by the United States Department of Education to report on the quality of teacher preparation and states' requirements and assessments for initial teaching credentials.

ILLINOIS CERTIFICATION TESTING SYSTEM
Annual Institution Report
Program Year: 2014-2015
Process date: 04-16-16
Institution: 055-Wheaton College
Number of Program Completers: 45

   Institution: Wheaton College
Test Field/
Category
Number
Tested
Number
Passed
Pass Rate
Academic Content Areas
105 Science:
Biology
1
106 Science:
Chemistry
110 Elem/
Middle Grades
14 14  100%
111 English
Lang. Arts

114 Social Science:
History
2  
115 Mathematics

116 Science:
Physics

3
3

127 Foreign Lang:
French

0
0

128 Foreign Lang:
German
0
0
135 Foreign Lang:
Spanish

143 Music 10  10 
100%
Aggregate  45   45 100%
       
Professional Knowledge/Pedagogy
188 APT 45 45 100%

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