Academics

Academic Information

Academic requirements for all degree programs are outlined in the program section of this catalog.

Academic requirements for teacher certification programs are outlined on the student’s Certification Program Evaluation.

All graduate programs require a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for degree/certification completion.

Graduate Admission Status

Pending Admission Status

Students applying for admission to a degree-seeking program may be accepted on Pending Status for one term only until all required admission-related documentation has been received. To register in subsequent terms, students on Pending Status must attain Full or Probationary Admission status to the graduate program for which they have applied before the start of the second term. These students will receive a letter acknowledging their status from the Director of Graduate Admission. Students under Pending Status are not eligible for any form of financial assistance from the university and are not assigned to an academic advisor. International and doctoral students may not be accepted on Pending Status.

Regular Admission Status

There are three categories of Regular Admission Status: Full, Provisional and Probationary. Admission files for students under Regular Admission status have been reviewed by an academic admission committee and a decision regarding acceptance has been determined. All student admitted under Regular Admission status will receive a letter of acceptance from the Dean of their College and are assigned to an academic advisor.

a) Full Admission status: A student with full admission status is accepted with a GPA above 2.85 or an earned master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

b) Provisional Admission status: A student with Provisional status generally satisfies full admission requirements but may have coursework in progress or outstanding requirement(s) related to their program. Candidates must satisfy the additional requirements outlined in their acceptance letter by the end of their first semester of enrollment to be changed from Provisional status to Full Admission status. Candidates who are unable to satisfy the additional admission requirement(s) will remain on provisional status and be barred from future registration for coursework.

c) Probationary Admission status: A student with Probationary status is accepted with a GPA below 2.85. Once one semester of coursework for graduate credit with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is completed, the Registrar’s Office will move the student from Probationary status to Full Admission status. Probationary candidates who do not achieve a GPA of 3.0 in their first semester of graduate work at Concordia will be dismissed from the University.

Guest Graduate Status

A guest student is a student who is not seeking a degree from Concordia. International students may not register as guest students.

Academic Status Review

A graduate student is considered to be in Good Standing when the Concordia Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is at or above a 3.0 for all graduate work attempted. A student who has attempted nine or more semester hours and falls below the 3.0 CGPA will be placed on one of the following probationary or dismissal statuses: Academic Probation, Academic Probation Continued, or Academic Dismissal.

Academic Probation

A student in Good Standing who falls below a CGPA of 3.0 will be placed on Academic Probation. Under Academic Probation the student may continue to be enrolled for one additional semester. The student may continue enrollment after this probationary semester if:

• The Cumulative GPA is at or above 3.0, and therefore the student regains the status of Good Standing.

• The term GPA is at or above 3.0 even though the CGPA remains under 3.0; such a student will be placed on Academic Probation Continued. A student on Academic Probation whose additional term GPA falls below 3.0 and who has a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 will be subject to Academic Dismissal. Academic Probation is based solely on GPA calculations. The only basis for appeal of this status is for calculation error and the appeal must be submitted in writing to the Registrar.

A student under Academic Probation whose probation semester results in a Term GPA at or above 3.0 but still has a CGPA below 3.0 will be placed on Academic Probation Continued. The student may continue enrollment after this probationary semester if:

• The Cumulative GPA is at or above 3.0, and therefore the student regains the status of Good Standing, or

• The Term GPA is at or above a 3.0 even though the CGPA remains under a 3.0; such a student will remain on Academic Probation and be granted an additional probationary semester of enrollment. Academic Probation Continued is based solely on GPA calculations. The only basis for appeal of this status is for calculation error and the appeal must be submitted in writing to the Registrar.

Academic Dismissal

A student under the status of Academic Probation or Academic Probation Continued whose probation semester results in a Term GPA below 3.0 and a CGPA below 3.0 will be placed on Academic Dismissal. Students placed on Academic Dismissal will not be allowed to continue enrollment and will be dropped from the graduate program. Furthermore, students who are academically dimissed are not eligible to reapply for admission as a Guest Graduate or in another program of study. Academic Dismissal is based on GPA calculations. Appeals to be reinstated under Academic Probation Continued must be submitted in writing to the appropriate dean.

Grading

The unit of credit is the semester hour. Normally one semester hour of credit is awarded on the basis of one 50-minute class session per week equivalent. The outside preparation required is approximately twice the time spent in class.

The student’s work is evaluated according to the following scale:

Grade Rating Quality Points

A Excellent 4.00

A- 3.67

B+ 3.33

B Good 3.0

B- 2.67

C+ 2.33

C Fair 2.00

C- 1.67

D+ 1.33

D Poor but Passing 1.00

D- 0.67

F Failure 0.00

I/Grade Incomplete

S Satisfactory

U Unsatisfactory

AU Audit

The student is required to earn an average of three quality points for every credit hour required in his/her program toward graduation. A grade of D or F in any graduate level course cannot be applied toward a graduate program. Regardless of the grade received, all credits attempted for graduate credit will be included to calculate the student’s cumulative GPA. If a Concordia course is repeated, the most recent attempt, regardless of the grade, will be used in calculating the grade-point average; 4000 level courses, taken for graduate credit, with a grade of C or below, cannot be applied toward a graduate program.

Grades are not issued in hard copy but are accessible through Banner Web at the end of each academic term. Grades can also be obtained by requesting a transcript through the Registrar’s Office.

The Incomplete (I) Grade:

The grade of “incomplete” is awarded by an instructor who, because of circumstances beyond the control of the student (e.g., illness, death in the family and the like) the student needs more time to complete the course with the greatest possible achievement. Any request for a grade of incomplete must be initiated by the student. The instructor determines approval of the incomplete. Incomplete grades range from IA to IF. The “I”
indicates an incomplete grade; the second letter (A-F) indicates the default grade if a grade is not submitted at the end of the six-week completion period. An “Incomplete” grade must be resolved within six (6) weeks of the end of the term (Fall, Spring, Summer) in which the grade was received. At that time the instructor will assign a grade. Permission for additional time beyond the six-week deadline may be granted only with the approval of the instructor and the Registrar. Whether or not the student is enrolled during the following term has no effect upon this completion date. If no grade is issued after the six-week period, the default grade will be issued and stand as a final grade on the student’s record.

Change of Grade/Grade Appeal

Inquiries about changing a grade must be initiated by the student. The appeal will start with the course instructor, then department chair and finally the Vice President of Academics. Grade changes will be accepted only through the end of the semester following the class in question (e.g. a grade for a fall 2011 term can only be appealed through the end of the spring 2012 term).

Cohort Program

Many of Concordia-Chicago’s graduate programs are offered in cohort formats that feature pre-determined courses and location. Students in a cohort proceed through the instructional sequence with the same group of learners, who generally form a strong, collaborative learning community. Typically, classes meet one night a week.

Transfer Credit

Concordia University Chicago is proudly accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College of Education is also accredited by the prestigious National Counsel for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Concordia also holds a number of program-specific accreditations, such as N.A.S.M. Typically, credits transfer to other accredited institutions, yet it is the receiving institution’s decision to accept and apply another university’s credits according to its policies. Students are responsible for contacting the receiving institution about their transfer credit policies.

After the completion of 12 semester hours of coursework at CUC, up to half of the credits for the degree may be accepted from an accredited graduate school. Application to have transfer of credits apply to a graduate program must be made by the student through the advisor. These credits must be certified by the Registrar and approved for a degree program by the appropriate Dean, program coordinator, and the Registrar. Only courses with a grade of “B” or better will be accepted for transfer credit. Courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis will not be accepted for transfer credit.

Graduate/undergraduate level courses taken elsewhere will be counted in the limit that may be earned on the 4000 level at Concordia. No more than six semester hours of combined transfer credit and Concordia workshop credit may be applied to a program. Official transcripts of transfer credit as well as the appropriate request form, signed by the student and advisor, must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office at or before the student files the application for candidacy.

Course Substitutions

Occasionally, a student may find that he/she has taken a course as part of another graduate degree program that is essentially the same as a required course in his/her Concordia degree plan. It may be possible to waive that specific course requirement, but it will be necessary to substitute another graduate-level course for the one that is waived. Application for a course substitution must be made by a student through the advisor. The dean of the college in which the degree is being earned must approve all course waivers.

Certification/Endorsement Transfer Credit

Students pursuing a Type 10 Reading Specialist, a Type 73 or Type 75 Certification, or a Superintendent Endorsement, are required to complete a minimum of 50 percent of the semester hours of required coursework specifically selected to meet State Certification/ Endorsement requirements at Concordia University Chicago. Once coursework has been specified, it cannot be changed without the approval of the program coordinator and the Registrar.

Workshop Credit

Credits earned through workshop experience is non-transferable. Workshop credit earned at Concordia-Chicago will count toward program requirement, where applicable.

Correspondence Courses

Courses taken through correspondence study at CUC or any other institution may not be included in a graduate program.

Independent Study

Independent Study (INS-6950) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue a specific interest above and beyond the department curriculum offerings. The independent study is available for full time students only, in all of the departments. Courses in the curriculum may not be taken by independent study, nor can an independent study duplicate the content of an established course. Grading procedures and policies concerning incompletes also apply to independent study courses. Graduate students are subject to the following limitation: a maximum of two three-semester hour independent study courses in a 30-hour master’s program.

The Independent Study Application Form is available in the Registrar’s Office. Specific proposal information is included on the form. The proposal and form are to be turned in to the student’s advisor one semester prior to the beginning of the semester of enrollment. Once approved by the advisor, the application is to be presented to the department chair, along with the proposal, for his/her signature.

Master’s Capstone Experiences

A Master’s Capstone Experience is a requirement for all students seeking a master’s degree.

All capstone experience options have written and oral defense components. Timing and planning for the Capstone Experience is critical. Applications for the Capstone Experience are available from the the student’s advisor. The application must be submitted at least one semester prior to graduation. It is essential that a student meet with his/her advisor to plan adequately and appropriately for the option chosen. The oral defense consists of a discussion of the written component. The student’s committee will consist of two to three faculty members. Arrangements for the oral components are made by the student with his/her advisor.

Choose one of the following options:

1. Thesis and Oral Defense (INS-6990) 3-6 Semester hours

The overall purpose of a master’s thesis is for the author to demonstrate his/her ability to design or replicate and conduct independent research. Questions studied must be relevant to the discipline or field of study and add to the research literature on a particular topic. Also, the student should show proficiency with designing or replicating and conducting independent research, proficiency at reading and synthesizing the appropriate research literature in the discipline relevant to the chosen topic, knowledge of ethical issues, the ability to design an appropriate study to answer research questions in the discipline, skill at gathering data, appropriate statistical knowledge, and writing ability. Studies involving human subjects must be approved by the University Committee on Human Research. The completed thesis should follow the APA guidelines. Hours may count toward degree requirements.

2. Independent Research Paper and Oral Defense (INS-6970)

The Independent Research Paper should contain a substantive review of relevant research and pertinent theory, organizing and analyzing the pertinent literature, drawing appropriate conclusions and implications relative to the topic, and contain a list of timely, relevant references used in the preparation of the paper. The Independent Research Paper should be an original paper, and may be built upon, but not directly replicating, work from previous papers written for courses. The completed paper should follow the APA guidelines. Hours may count toward
degree requirements.

3. Written and Oral Examination based on assigned readings

Readings relevant to the discipline or field of study that allow the student to demonstrate an integration and synthesis of knowledge acquired during the course of study will be assigned by the student’s capstone committee. Answers will be evaluated for: inclusion of specific content (facts), inclusion of knowledge from other sources, clarity of thought, creativity, and coherent presentation. No credit hours are earned for this capstone experience.

4. Internship/Practicum Experience and Comprehensive Paper and Oral Defense

A. National Board Certification

Candidates who are involved in the National Board Certification strand of the Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction are required to enroll in EDU-6983 (National Board Certification Practicum) over two semesters (fall and spring) for three semester hours. The culmination of this practicum involves
submission of written portfolios. These portfolios are those established by the National Board Certification process. A discussion of the portfolio will be had with two faculty members who have instructed in the program.

B. Curriculum/Staff Development Specialist

Candidates who are involved in the Curriculum/Staff Development Specialist strand of the Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction are required to enroll in either EDU-6981 (Practicum in Curriculum Development) or EDU-6982 (Practicum in Staff Development). The candidates involved in either practicum will lead a formal curriculum investigation or plan and coordinate a staff development experience for teachers within their school district. The candidate will submit a comprehensive paper describing the practicum adn its relationship to the National Board Professional Teaching Standards. A discssion of this paper will occur with two faculty who have instructed in the program.

5. Portfolio and Oral Defense for Initial Certification Programs

A. Initial Certification Teacher Candidates

Must complete a portfolio based on the INTASC/ILPT teaching standards. Include in their portfolio documentation of the candidate’s experience and understanding of the teaching standards submitted electronically to the College of Education. Must defend their portfolio before a panel comprised of two to three University faculty and/or practitioners, as determined by the department, and must pass all standards in the portfolio. The student’s advisor and/or the portfolio coordinator make arrangements for the defense of the capstone.

B. All Curriculum and Instruction Masters’ Degree Candidates in the Bilingual/ESL Illinois Certification Concentration

Must complete a Curriculum and Instruction portfolio based on the NBPTS core propositions, and include in their portfolio documentation of the candidate’s experience and understanding of the teaching standards submitted
electronically to the College of Education.

Defend the portfolio before a panel comprised of two to three University faculty and/or school practitioners and must pass all standards in the portfolio. The student’s and/or the portfolio director make arrangements for the defense of the portfolio.

C. National Board Certification

Candidates who are involved in the National Board Certification Strand of the Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction must enroll in EDU-6072 and EDU-6073 over two consecutive semesters (fall and spring) for four semester hours.

Submit four written portfolios whose requirements have been established by thte National Board Professional Teaching Standards as a culmination of the above coursework.

Defend the portfolios before a panel comprised of two to three University faculty and/or practicioners and must pass all standards in each portfolio.

6. Recital/Composition, Paper and Oral Defense (available to Music students only) (MUS-6520 or
MUS 6521)

1 semester hour

A student who chooses this performance option should prove his/her knowledge of music theory and analysis, and the ability to conduct research on the music included in his/her recital program. The paper should follow the
Chicago Manual of Style.

7. Portfolio and Oral Defense for:

Type 73 Certification (based on CACREP and Illinois School Counseling Standards)

Type 75 Certification programs (based on EDLEA and Illinois School Administration Standards.)

Type 10 Certification (based on IRA and State of Illinois Standards)

General Note: The student’s committee will consist of two to three facutly members and/or practitioners as determined by the department. The student’s advisor and/or the portfolio director will make arrangemens fot he defense of the portfolio.

Type 73–School Counseling:
Candidates who are involved in the Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling or in the Type 73 Certification Only Program are required to enroll in PSY-6992 (School Counseling Internship) and upon completion of this course, submit a standards based portfolio reflecting an integration of the internship/practicum experience, advanced knowledge of the program of study, and the relating of academic knowledge with the experiences drawn from the internship/practicum.

Type 75–School Leadership: A Standards-based Portfolio is required for the Master of Arts Degree in School
Leadership and in the Type 75 Endorsement. A formative assessment, known as Portfolio Checkpoint 1, is required at the conclusion of the first internship or when 15-18 semester hours of coursework is completed if one of the internships is waived. The summative assessment, known as the Final Portfolio Checkpoint, is required during, or immediately following the second internship. All standards must be met at the final checkpoint in order for the candidate to be eligible for program completion.

Type 10–Reading: Candidates who are involved in the Master of Arts in Reading program are required to submit a standards-based portfolio. Candidates must successfully defend their electronic portfolios and must pass all Standards in the portfolio.

8. Student-designed capstone (MLS 6990):

With the approval of the faculty advisor, the student may design an alternative capstone activity, which analyzes, synthesizes, and/or explicates a major theme or themes from the student’s chosen emphasis in a substantive, scholarly way apart from Options 1 or 2. The capstone may be a creative work (composition, film/video, web design); a public performance, presentation or exhibit; a position paper or other major original expository work (monograph, intensive critique, series of essays, a chapter in an edited volume, an article in a professional journal); or another option on which the student and advisor agree. An oral defense is required. Student-designed capstones must be approved at the time that the “Application for Capstone” is submitted to the student’s faculty advisor. This is not an option for any program leading to certification.

Registration Policies and Procedures

Time Limit for Master’s Degree Students

All credit toward a master’s degree must be completed within seven calendar years after registration for the first course counted toward the degree. All credit toward a Certificate of Advanced Studies must be completed within five calendar years after registration for the first course. All credit toward a Doctor of Education degree must be completed within seven calendar years after registration for the first course. A petition for time extension is to be addressed to the appropriate dean.

A student who has completed a course within a 24-month period is considered on active graduate status. A student who is absent in excess of 24 months will be placed on inactive graduate status. Such students are required to report to the graduate office for reinstatement prior to registration for courses.

Student Load

According to the Federal government, a full-time graduate student course load is defined as six or more hours per semester. This is the number on which student financial aid is determined. Half-time graduate student course load is three to five hours per semester. Less than half-time is less than three semester hours. Students employed full-time are advised to limit their course load to nine semester hours. Students who are not employed full-time are limited to 16 hours of graduate credit per semester. Full-time provisional students ordinarily may take no more than 12 hours per semester. Written permission of the advisor and the appropriate Dean are required to exceed 16 hours per semester.

In order to obtain and maintain a graduate assistantship at CUC, students must carry a course load of nine hours.

Registration

These options are available for submission of request for courses:

• Registration by mail: submit registration form to Concordia University Chicago, Office of the Registrar, Addison Hall Room 155, River Forest, Illinois 60305.

• Registration in person: in the Office of the Registrar, Addison Hall Room 155. Office hours 8-4:30 M-F.

• Fax registration: submit your registration form to the Office of the Registrar, 708-209-3167.

• Web-based registration is available for cohort and online students ONLY. We regret that we cannot accept telephone registrations, as all paperwork must be accompanied by an official signature. A student may register for a new course through the fifth day of the semester. The ‘Add/Drop’ Form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

A student may not be registered for a new course after the first five days of the semester. Time limits are reduced proportionately in any semester where the structure of the class day is changed, such as the summer session and eight-week courses.

Registering for Course Audit

Registration for auditing courses is to occur at or before final registration. Students may change from credit to audit, or audit to credit, up to the last day to add a class in each term, by contacting (in writing) the Office of the Registrar. Exams and papers assigned to students taking the course for credit do not apply to audit students; all other expectations are the same. A grade of audit will be assigned at the completion of the course. Fees for audit are the same as for credit.

Withdrawal from a Course

The following procedures are to be used in the event of withdrawal from a class. All withdrawals must be completed in writing, with the student’s signature. (Withdrawal from a course will not be accepted via telephone.) The “Course Withdrawal” form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Full Semester Courses:

During the first week of the semester, a student may withdrawal from a course by submitting an “Add/Drop” form to the Office of the Registrar. The course will not appear on the student’s transcript.

Beginning with the second week through the final drop date of the semester, a student may withdraw with the approval of the instructor. A grade of “W” will be recorded.

After the tenth week of the semester, a “W” will be granted only for extraordinary circumstances approved by the Dean of  Students. Unauthorized withdrawals from a course or the University, i.e. failure to attend class, will result in the grade of “F.”

Eight Week Courses:

During the first week of the semester, a student may withdrawal from a course by submitting an “Add/Drop” form to the Office of the Registrar. The course will not appear on the student’s transcript.

Beginning with the fourth week through the final drop date of an eight-week session, a student may withdraw with the approval of the instructor. A grade of “W” will be recorded.

After the fourth week of an eight-week session, a “W” will be granted only for extraordinary circumstances approved by the Dean of Students.

Unauthorized withdrawals from a course or the University, i.e. failure to attend class, will result in the grade of “F.”

Program Procedures for all Master’s Degree Students

1. Advisor

Course registration is the responsibility of the student. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor by the appropriate Dean. It is strongly recommended that the student meet with his/her advisor before registering for courses to plan for appropriate coursework to be taken.

It is important to make frequent contacts with the advisor, who will serve as a mentor and assist the student in an orderly progression from enrollment to graduation.

2. Satisfactory Progress

All students will be monitored for satisfactory academic progress at the following points: after 12 semester hours; after 21 semester hours; before approval of the capstone experience and before graduation. Students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if the grade point average is 3.0 or higher and all deficiencies have been removed. Students not making satisfactory progress will be placed on academic probation.

3. Capstone Experience

All master of arts students must complete a capstone experience as part of their degree requirement. Options are available, depending upon the program (see specific program requirements listed in this catalog).

Request for Capstone Experience (please consult the options listed under Masters Capstone Experiences listed in this catalog).

Applications to do a Thesis-6990 (Option 1) or Independent Research-6970 (Option 2) must be submitted to the appropriate dean at least one semester prior to graduation.

Applications to take the written examination (Option 3) are available in the appropriate dean’s office. Please note the deadline dates listed in the section describing the Master’s Capstone Experiences.

A student choosing the Internship/Practicum Comprehensive Paper and Oral Defense (Option 4) as a Capstone Experience, must schedule an appointment with his/her advisor well in advance of the experience.

4. Graduation

An “INTENT TO GRADUATE” form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than the posted deadline.  Deadlines for filing for graduation are listed on the “Intent to Graduate” form.

Program Procedures for Master of Church Music Students

1. Advisor

Course registration is the responsibility of the student. Degree-seeking students will be assigned a faculty advisor by the appropriate Dean. It is highly recommended that the student meet with his/her advisor before registering for courses to plan for appropriate coursework. It is important to make frequent contacts with the advisor, who will serve as mentor and assist in an orderly progression from enrollment to graduation.

2. Satisfactory Progress

All students will be monitored for satisfactory academic progress at the following points: after 12 semester hours; after 21 semester hours; before approval of the capstone experience; and before graduation. The student is making satisfactory progress if the grade point average is 3.0 or higher and all deficiencies have been removed. Students not making satisfactory progress will be placed on academic probation.

3. Capstone Experience

A MUS-6520 (recital) for one hour of credit must be completed. All phases must meet the approval of the capstone committee. Oral and written examinations are required for all students. Consult the advisor to schedule a time for the oral examination. The written examination is taken during the semester of, but before, the capstone recital. The oral examination occurs following the recital.

4. Graduation

An “INTENT TO GRADUATE” form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than the posted deadline. Deadlines for filing for graduation are listed on the “Intent to Graduate” form.

Program Procedures for Doctoral Students

Please refer to the doctoral portion of this catalog for all program information.

Graduation Requirements

• Have on file an application as a degree-seeking graduate student.

• Have on file one official transcript from EACH college/university attended of all previous coursework taken.

• Complete the credit hours and levels as designated for which the degree is being sought, within the specified time limit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

• For credit being transferred into a program from another institution, have on file an approved “Transfer Credit Request” form before filing a Candidacy Application.

• Have on file the “Intent to Graduate” form with the Registrar’s Office by the published deadline.

• Payments of all tuition and fees due to Concordia University Chicago.

• Have on file, if applicable, necessary copies of a ‘project’ or thesis.

• Take and pass the final examination or terminal requirements in the program during or after the
final course.

• Approval of the faculty.

Every attempt has been made to include information to aid the student with information about his/her program, degree, and graduation requirements. It is, however, the student’s responsibility to complete all forms and meet all deadlines relevant to graduation requirements.

Professional Education Requirements for Illinois Teacher Certification

The State of Illinois certifies all Illinois early childhood, elementary and secondary teachers and those pursuing advanced certification. Concordia-Chicago offers several programs leading to state approved certification and endorsements. Students completing one of the following should make application for certification through the Registrar’s Office:

Post Baccalaureate Programs:

Post-Baccalaureate Special Education Masters Programs:

All MAT Programs

Master of Arts–School Counseling

Master of Arts–School Leadership

Type 10–Standard Special Certificate in Reading

Post Master’s Programs:

• Type 73–School Service Personnel Certificate with Guidance and Counseling Endorsement

• Type 75–General Administrative Endorsements

• Superintendent Endorsement attached to a valid Type 75 Administrative Certificate

For the above endorsements and certification programs not associated with a degree, at least one-half (50 percent) of the coursework must be taken in residence at Concordia University Chicago. Students seeking the Standard Special Certificate in Reading also must meet the current Type 03 or Type 09 certification requirements of the state.

The State of Illinois requires recent completion of a Basic Skills Test (within five years), a test in the area of certification being sought, and the appropriate Assessment of Professional Teaching. To be certified, or receive an endorsement to a certificate, a person must be of good character, in sound health, at least 19 years of age, and a U.S. citizen.

Applying for Illinois Teacher Certification

Students who are eligible for certification and/or endorsement may secure the Application for Certificate with instructions for making application to the state by contacting the Assistant Registrar at the Registrar’s Office, 7400 Augusta Street, Addison Hall Room 151, River Forest, Illinois 60305.

Initial Illinois Teacher Certification Applicants

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and wish to pursue initial Illinois Teacher Certification through Concordia’s approved entitlement program may apply for admission to the University through the Graduate Admission Office.

To be considered for admission the student must have a certification evaluation completed by Concordia University
Chicago. Before an evaluation can be done, the student must:

• Pay a $50 non-refundable evaluation/admission fee or be admitted as a degree-seeking student in a certification program,

• Submit official transcripts of all college/university coursework from each institution attended.

Upon receipt of the fee and official transcripts, the student’s academic record will be evaluated to determine the coursework needed for certification by entitlement through Concordia. The fee will be applied toward tuition of the first course in which the student enrolls, if enrollment begins within one year from the time the fee was paid. When the evaluation is completed, the student has two options in the pursuit of teacher certification:

Option I- Complete a Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Option II-Complete a second Bachelor’s Degree in one of Concordia’s approved undergraduate programs.

If the student seeks Option I, a graduate degree (i.e., MAT), the student must complete the appropriate admission process as outlined in this catalog. If the student seeks Option II, an undergraduate degree, the student must complete the appropriate undergraduate admission process and meet the standards for acceptance, including minimum GPA, as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Graduate students may receive credit for documented prior learning. Such credit may, if appropriate, be applied to the certification requirements in the general education area, but such credit cannot be applied to the student’s graduate program.

While enrolled in the entitled State Teacher Certification Program, all candidates should meet with their advisor to:

• Prepare and file a completed and approved certification plan of study leading to Teacher Certification;

• Submit evidence that they have passed the Illinois Basic Skills Test;

• Be admitted to the Professional Instructional Courses in the College of Education; and,

• Be admitted to the Professional (i.e. Student Teaching) Semester.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available to graduate students with exceptional academic records. Generally, students best suited for graduate assistantships have strong academic records, a strong work ethic, and plan to accelerate their degree program. Assignments are based on several factors, including requests by faculty and staff, area of student personal and academic interest and skill as well as overall fit of the student to the position.

Candidates for assistantships must:

• Apply to the Graduate Office,

• Be admitted to the University into a degree program,

• Have at least a 3.0 GPA and

• Be enrolled in at least nine semester hours at Concordia
University Chicago while serving as a graduate assistant.

The graduate assistant position consists of up to 19 hours of work each week. Compensation is approximately equivalent to the tuition cost for nine semester hours of credit. Graduate Assistants work in various positions including supporting various campus offices, assisting in the early childhood center, and coordinating activities under the supervision of a specific department chair or division, among other activities.

Information regarding initial application for graduate assistantships is available through the Office of Graduate
Admission at 708-209-4093 or on campus in the Graduate Admission Office (AD 158).

International Study

Concordia University Chicago students may elect to study abroad for a semester, year or summer. The Coordinator of International Study provides the application form and information on programs at universities all over the world. Students must consult with their faculty advisor to determine the applicability of the experience and coursework toward their degree program. The student also needs to consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine whether financial aid packages apply for international study.

Students wishing to study abroad should complete their Concordia University Chicago registration no later than
November 15 for spring, April 15 for summer and May 1 for fall. Check with specific programs for exact deadlines, which may be earlier.

Programs in Austria, England, France, Italy, Mexico and Spain are administered within the CUS system or through Dominican University and are available to CUC students as guests. Additionally, Concordia University Chicago has direct cooperative agreements with programs in England, Australia, New Zealand and much of Europe. Students who study in these programs will be allowed to transfer course credits (that have been pre-approved by the student’s faculty advisor) with a grade and generally apply some portions of their financial aid towards tuition, room or board.

Students who choose to enroll in courses at any institutions other than those with which Concordia-Chicago has agreements will be required to “stop out,” that is, suspend their Concordia University Chicago registration for the period abroad. Such credits may transfer to Concordia-Chicago in accordance with the policy for transfer credits.

For more information, contact the Coordinator for International Study.