Aurora University

Field Experience Applications

Field Experience Application Due Dates

Application Due Dates-Summer 2019
SPED Internship ONLY
January 30, 2019

Application Due Dates-Fall 2019
November 15, 2018

Application Due Dates-Spring 2020
January 30, 2019

While you are completing your education degree, you will complete a variety of courses that provide hands-on experience in the classroom. Real-life field experiences are a valuable part of your education degree and give you the opportunity to work with students in the classroom. Prior to enrolling in courses with field experiences, certain prerequisites and applications must be completed.

Students may not seek their own placements.Please follow all instructions provided below in applying for your field experience placement(s).

The forms linked below are either in Adobe Acrobat Reader (.pdf) format or Microsoft Word (.dot or .doc) format and you will need the proper software to view and print them. If you do not have Microsoft Office/Word available on your personal computer, you may complete these forms using an on-campus computer lab.

Preparing for your Field Experiences

  • Apply for admission to the School of Education. In order for the application to be considered complete, the student must submit/and/or allow the following:

    • application (obtain at Initial Professional Certification Educator Licence Office, Institute 222)
    • $40 fee for fingerprinting paid to the Kane County Regional Office of Education
    • proof of fingerprinting at Kane County ROE
    • search of Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website and Illinois State Police Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry
    • negative result for tuberculosis (TB) test

    It is best to submit this application before your sophomore year or in the first semester at Aurora University for (transfer students). This application may be submitted at the same time the first field-experience application is submitted.
  • Receive a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), SAT plus essay, or complete form to use ACT Plus Writing in lieu of TAP. The candidate must have a composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum of 19 on the writing component if take PRIOR to 9/1/2015. The candidate must have a composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum of 16 on the writing component if taken AFTER 9/1/2015 to 9/9/16. If taken 9/10/16 and later - candidate must have a composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 on the writing component.
  • Candidates may use the SAT test in lieu of the TAP requirement. The candidate must have a composite score of 1030 (Critical Reading + Mathematics = 1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on the Writing component if taken BEFORE 3/5/2016. The candidate must have a composite score of 1110 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language Test if taken ON OR AFTER 3/5/2016.
  • Superscoring of ACT or SAT is now available. To learn more, please download
  • Meet all GPA and course prerequisite requirements of your program before the semester of your placement. Speak with your advisor for more information.
  • Submit required field experiences application materials by above posted due dates. All applications are available in the tables below. Select the correct form for your Program, major, and desired placement type.
  • All student teachers must complete physical/TB assessment within 90 days of placement. Check Moodle "Professional Educator Initial Licensure Program: General Placements and Field Experiences Information Board" for further information.
  • Student Teachers are required to pass state tests during the semester before student teaching.
  • All field experience candidates complete DCFS Mandated Reporter Training online prior to beginning their placement.
  • Some districts may have additional requirements. Students needing to meet these additional requirements will be notified through their Aurora University email. The student may incur extra costs.
  • All placements must be in a 30 mile radius of Aurora University. Placements can be up to a 1 hour commute from the Aurora University campus.
  • Your application for a field experience does not enroll you in the associated course(s). Enroll/register using the procedure for your program.
  • Illinois elementary education licensure will change beginning September 1, 2017. Those students finishing program requirements and graduating with license entitlement prior to August 31, 2017 will be required to pass Il content test 110 for their K-9 License.
  • Students finishing program requirements and graduating beginning September 1, 2017 on will be required to pass IL content 197-200 for their elementary education (grades 1-6) license entitlement.
  • Please contact the Office of Field Experiences if you have questions about the change in IL elementary content test requirements for licensure