Council staff carry out the day-to-day work, which includes: monitoring the progress of each candidate in each licensure program to ensure that they meet requirements for licensure established by the Illinois State Board of Education and the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board; entitling all eligible candidates for licensure; providing technical assistance to program faculty and staff in developing and submitting proposals, revisions, and annual reports, as required in the Illinois Administrative Code (Section 25.115); managing student teacher placements, university supervisor assignments, and awarding tuition & fee waivers to cooperating personnel in partner schools; maintaining contracts between the university and partner districts; collecting and analyzing data from assessments of candidate progress; reporting findings to program faculty and staff and assisting them in developing plans for improvement; monitoring state and/or federal laws and regulations pertaining to licensure, and assisting program faculty and staff with compliance activities. 

The Executive Officers of the departments that have professional education preparation programs are responsible for monitoring the curricula. Various combinations of department faculty, staff, and external stakeholders – individually and in committees – assist with processing admissions, evaluating candidate progress, and reviewing and recommending changes to program curricula.  

Questions about CoTE may be directed to Nancy Latham, the CoTE Executive Director. CoTE offices are located at 1310 South Sixth Street, Champaign (Suite 130).