The College of Education offers professional development and test preparation workshops to enhance your credentials and build the skills you need to be successful.

Looking for a professional development opportunity this Summer? For more information visit:

Endorsements on your Professional Educator License

Looking to enhance your Illinois Professional Educator License with additional endorsements?

GSU offers coursework to earn your:

For more information, contact the program advisor.


GRE Workshops

Graduate Record Exam Test Preparation

Acquire strategies in math, reading comprehension, writing, and verbal and quantitative skills to improve GRE scores using acclaimed Cambridge test preparation materials. Textbook, practice tests, and all course materials are included in the course fee.

After completing the GRE prep course, you should:

  • Feel confident that you understand the requirements, scoring, and logistics of the GRE. 
  • Be able to recognize specific question types on the GRE. 
  • Know the skill sets that the GRE seeks to test.
  • Understand which math concepts are tested on the GRE. 
  • Have practiced and received feedback on actual GRE writing prompts.
  • Be able to evaluate your strengths and areas for improvement as you continue to prepare for the GRE. 

Location: Governors State University
Course Number: TBD please contact the School of Extended Learning for more information at 708.534.4099

GRE Online Test Preparation

For those who cannot visit our campus we offer an online course in partnership with The Princeton Review.

  • Students can visit the Princeton Review website and enroll in a GRE LiveOnline course of their choice: GRE LiveOnline 
  • During checkout, students can enter the promo code: GSUGRE.
  • Payment plans are available. Students can pay for their course in three payments.*

*Please note-the cost of the online course is different than the course offered onsite at GSU.

Teaching with Primary Sources

If you are a K-12 educator looking for professional development with a uniquely personal touch that offers an innovative learning focus, we have just what you need. Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program at Governors State University provides free professional development programs.

Test of Academic Proficiency Resources

Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills Test)

All teacher and school service personnel candidates in Illinois must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency to become licensed. This includes all initial and advanced licensure programs.


About the Test of Academic Proficiency

 A passing score on the TAP is a state requirement for all Illinois certification programs. The Test Preparation site was created to help teacher education students study for and pass the TAP. The Prep system is an interactive, web-based curriculum that contains content, examples, and questions for all three sub-areas of the test (Reading Comprehension, Language Arts, and Mathematics). The Prep site includes a Learning Survey, which is designed to assist you in identifying what areas are your strengths as well as the areas in which you still need to work.

Note: The Illinois State Board of Education also has a computer-administered practice test called the Diagnostic Practice Test to help you determine if you are ready to take the TAP. It can be found at

Preparing for the TAP or ACT - Additional Resources

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