Admission Requirements - Special Education Endorsement

Admission Requirements

All candidates seeking admission to the Special Education Endorsement program must:
  • Have a valid Illinois professional educator license (early childhood, elementary, secondary or preschool-age 21)
  • One or more years of teaching experience in a PreK-12 setting and current district employment
  • Pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test, TAP Test of Academic Proficiency or have an ACT Plus Writing composite score of 22 or higher.

Admission Process

  1. A completed Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) for all prior college and/or university credit. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at
  3. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an average GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If your grade point average is below that of a 3.0, you may be accepted on a probationary basis. If probationary status is granted, a formal review will be conducted by the program director after completion of the first three courses, in which a 3.0 average must be maintained or you will not be able to continue the program.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your professional potential related to this field
  5. Pass a National Background Check (Criminal Activity and Sex Offender); completed after admission.