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Education Department Accreditation


Wheaton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The teacher education program is accredited by the the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). 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 a Subject-Matter Knowledge Test and the edTPA. 

Licensure programs

Wheaton College has been granted program approval for initial licensure 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)

Program Completer Data

Updated data from 2010 - 2018 graduates is available on the WheTEACH website >> prepared by a research mentoring group of undergraduate education students.

The six-year graduation rate for incoming undergraduate freshman Fall 2011 is 88.9%. For graduate programs the six-year rate is 81.1%. The Wheaton Teacher Education Program Completer rate for 2017-18 is 97%.The Wheaton College official (FY2014) 3-year loan default rate is 1.2%, compared to the national student loan default rate of 11.5%.

The Education Department also collects data annually from the principals of the schools in which Wheaton College teacher candidates complete their practica. The most recent data from the 2017 Principal Survey is available (PDF).