Teacher Certification Entitlement Program Assessment


This program was designed for candidates who have earned a baccalaureate degree in music and who wish to earn a certificate to teach in the public schools. Candidates who qualify must complete a five-stage formal assessment and will be entitled to apply for teacher licensure in the state of Illinois. Data collected for each benchmark on the path to program completion are used to inform revision of the curriculum.

Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves both gathering and using information to modify and improve student outcomes. Assessment is the mechanism used to keep standards high while ensuring that candidates acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective music educators.

This plan is designed to accomplish an ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of many aspects of the institution: the curriculum, recruiting, teaching and the musical growth of our candidates. This plan, which is designed primarily to achieve long-range assessment of the institution (although it will, in some cases also indicate short-term trends), is a combination of instruments that have long been a tradition in the college and new instruments from within and without the institution that enable us to more effectively evaluate and compare our candidates, curriculum and the results of our policies.

Admission to the College

Admission standards must be sufficiently high to predict the prospect of success in the program.  Diversities of previous education, background, and interests of applicants are considered in assessing potential as appropriate to the specific purposes of the program.

Each TCEP candidate is assessed for admission to the teacher education program through a series of proficiency exams. These tests are not course-dependent, but are a measure of the candidate’s preparation during their years of study in their respective undergraduate degree programs and measure a candidate’s musical readiness and basic skills level.

Admission to Student Teaching

The student teaching advanced field experience is the final phase of the teacher education program at VanderCook. Student teaching is designed to allow for practical application of integrated knowledge and pedagogical approaches to the teaching and learning of music. The candidate must be able to lead students to competency, apply music knowledge and skills in teaching situations, and integrate music instruction into the process of P-12 education.

Completion of Student Teaching

Upon completion of the student teaching experience, the candidate will have acquired essential competencies valued by the profession: the ability to teach music at various levels and in a variety of settings; an understanding of child growth and development; the ability to assess aptitudes; knowledge of current methods appropriate to specific teaching situations; and an understanding of evaluative techniques.

Recommendation for Entitlement

Entitlement, the notification sent to the State of Illinois by the college, attests to the fact that the candidate has successfully completed VanderCook’s state-approved teacher education program, and has passed the required state certification exams.


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