Thursday, August 31, 2017

Apply For Graduation Now!

Submit Your Application: 

An application is required for degree processing and posting. Attending the commencement ceremony is optional. Complete an application for the term in which you will complete your degree requirements.
  1. Go to and sign in. 
  2. Click on Registration and Other Student Services. 
  3. Click on Student Records. 
  4. Click on Graduation Application. 
  5. Read the directions carefully. View your degree information and submit the application.

Application Deadlines:

Listed below are the next five available application dates.
  • Date on diploma: December 16, 2017 (date based on final exams)
  • Date of Ceremony: December 15, 2017
  • Applications accepted: June 10 – September 8, 2017 
  • Late application deadline: November 3, 2017 (late fee* applies)
  • Date on diploma: May 7, 2018 (date based on final exams) 
  • Date of Ceremony: May 11, 2018 
  • Applications accepted: September 9 – January 26, 2018 
  • Late application deadline: April 3, 2018 (late fee* applies)
  • Date of Ceremony: May 11, 2018
  • Applications accepted: January 5, 2018 – February 16, 2018
  • Late application deadline: February 17- February 28, 2018 (late fee* applies)
  • Date of Ceremony: December 14, 2018
  • Date on diploma: August 17, 2018 (date based on latest part of term)
  • Applications accepted: January 27 – June 8, 2018 
  • Late application deadline: July 31, 2018 (late fee* applies)
  • Date of Ceremony: December 14, 2018
  • Date on diploma: December 15, 2018 (date based on final exams)
  • Applications accepted: June 9 – September 7, 2018 
  • Late application deadline: November 3, 2018 (late fee* applies)
For more detailed information, visit

*PLEASE NOTE: A $100 late fee will be charged for all late applications received after the RU Access online application deadline.
To complete the late application or to view other graduation information,
For questions or problems, call Graduation Services at (312) 341-3591 or
For information on requesting a degree check, visit Degree Check.

COE Alum Catherine Burns Promoted to Chief Academic Officer at The Accelerate Institute

The Accelerate Institute today announced the promotion of Catherine Burns to the newly created position of Chief Academic Officer. Burns, previously The Accelerate Institute’s managing director, will take on a more rigorous role in generating strong results in the urban K-12 schools for which the Institute provides leadership development and training programs.

Prior to joining The Accelerate Institute, Burns was an educator and principal at a Chicago charter school. She holds an E.D.D. from Roosevelt University, an M.A. in education leadership from Roosevelt, an M.A. in history from Eastern Michigan University, and a B.A. in history from Northern Illinois University.

For more information about Catherine and her new position, click here

Congratulations to Catherine Burns on her promotion! 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Pilot Test Takers Needed

Evaluation Systems group of Pearson will be conducting pilot testing for the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) in the fields listed below and is looking for volunteers to take the pilot tests. This is a great opportunity to contribute to ILTS test development.

·         Foreign Language: French
·         Foreign Language: German
·         Foreign Language: Hebrew
·         Foreign Language: Japanese
·         Foreign Language: Spanish
·         Music
·         English Language Arts
·         Mathematics
·         School Nurse
·         Social Science: Economics
·         Social Science: Geography
·         Social Science: History
·         Social Science: Political Science
·         Social Science: Psychology
·         Social Science: Sociology and Anthropology
·         Superintendent
·         General Middle Grades (5-8)

Dates and Locations:
Pilot testing will be available at Pearson VUE test centers throughout Illinois and in nearby cities from September 12th through October 9th (language fields are available through November 7th).

Registration opens August 29, 2017

If you are a current education student or recently licensed (0-3 years), please visit the Pilot Testing website (see link below) for information on eligibility, advantages of participation, pilot tests, scheduling, and registration. Please note: to participate in the Superintendent pilot test, you must be a graduate student.

Click the link below to the Pilot Testing website for more information:

If you have questions or need further information, please contact the ILTS program at

Saturday, August 19, 2017

RU Upward Bound Launches Newsletter

Beginning this school year, Roosevelt University Upward Bound will issue newsletters during the Summer, Fall and Spring. The purpose of the newsletter is to inform our students, families, partners, and community-at-large of the exciting things going on in our organization, provide information regarding important dates and events, and of course showcase our awesome students! To receive a copy, send an email to

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Call for Proposals: IATE Fall 2017 Conference

Illinois Association of Teacher Educators
Fall 2017 Conference
Friday, November 10, 2017
Location: Bradley University
1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, Il, 61625


Building Learning Communities:
Multiple Perspectives through Culture and Interactions

The IATE Planning Committee invites proposals pertaining to the 2017 conference theme, “Building Learning Communities: Multiple Perspectives through Culture and Interactions”. Participants are encouraged to report on ways in which research and practice inform our practices as educators, both in terms of what we do and how we study our work. It is critical that as a profession we define our knowledge base and the impact of our research on P-12 students and teachers. This is an excellent opportunity for each of us to inform the educational community of our work.

Types of Sessions/Presentations:
  • Paper Presentations - Single paper presentations provide an opportunity for authors to share their work.  Typically, presentations last 30-35 minutes with 5-10 minutes for discussion.
  • Panel Presentations - Multiple presenters provide a variety of perspectives on an issue related to the conference theme and are organized and chaired by one of the presenters. Typically, each individual presentation lasts 10 minutes with 5-10 minutes for discussion.
  • Poster Presentations - Poster sessions combine the graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the research. All poster presentations will be organized in a single area at a single time for conference participants to be able to visit as many as possible. This is a wonderful way for preservice teachers (undergraduate & graduate), faculty members, and others to informally share their work.

Proposal Submissions Must Include
Proposal Format is double-spaced, one-inch margins, and no more than 2-3 pages for Section II.  Because proposals are subject to blind review (refereed), presenters’ names should not be included in Section II. 
      I.         Section I - Cover Page (1 page): Include A) Title of Proposal; B) Type of Presentation; C) Name of Session Organizer & Contact Information; D) Name and Institution/School of each additional presenter; and E) a 35 word or less description for inclusion in the conference program.

    II.         Section II - Description of Paper, Panel, or Poster (1-3 pages): Include A) title of proposal; B) purpose or objectives of work; C) relationship to the conference theme; D) abstract; and E) planned audience involvement.

Audio-Visual: Screens and data projectors will be provided. Presenters are responsible for all other AV equipment.

Email Proposals as an MS Word attachment to:                               
Heljä Antola Crowe, Planning Chair                                                   

Deadlines:                                                             Questions?? Contact:
Submission: October 2, 2017                                 Heljä Antola Crowe, Planning Chair
Acceptance Notification: October 16, 2017              

(Student Proposals welcomed and encouraged)

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the 2017 IATE Fall Conference.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Educator Licensure Renewal Deadline Quickly Approaching

The grace period for renewing professional educator licenses and educator licenses with stipulations endorsed for career and technical educator ends Aug. 31. All licenses with a July 1, 2017, renewal date must be renewed and registered by Aug. 31 or they will lapse and be invalid for employment. 

Educators who wish to reinstate a lapsed license must either pay a $500 penalty fee or complete nine semester hours of endorsement-related coursework.

Educators, don’t let your license lapse! Login to your ELIS account today to record your professional development, renew, and register your license for the upcoming five-year cycle.
For questions, please contact ISBE’s Educator Effectiveness Division at (217) 557-6763 or