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The College of Education at Illinois prepares teachers and educators to meet the challenges and demands of 21st-century learners. I-Teach I-Lead represents the College of Education’s philosophy and approach to preparing our students to succeed in both formal and non-formal learning environments. It includes courses from our redesigned teacher licensure programs and a new, non-licensure Bachelor of Science in Education and Learning Studies major. I-Teach I-Lead leverages the superior faculty and research capabilities of our College and affords our students the opportunity to learn alongside some of the greatest minds in the field of education.
The College offers undergraduate degrees in four programs:
- Learning and Education Studies (non-licensure major)
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Special Education
If you are interested in Secondary Education teaching minor, information can be found here. You are highly encouraged to contact LAS-Teach@illinois.edu to discuss the requirements for admission to the program.
Applying to the College of Education:
Graduate from one of our teacher education programs and you'll leave Illinois knowing both the subject you teach and the best ways to help your students to learn - a powerful combination. The admission process is your first step toward becoming part of the College of Education community and realizing your career goals. For more information, select the link below:
Undergraduate Academic Advising
Through it all, in any program you select, you'll have the assistance of your own academic advisor to help you make the best choices for your career and to make sure that your Illinois experience is one that you'll remember for the rest of your life. The advising staff in the College of Education is a group of experienced, award-winning professionals who are dedicated to guiding you into your new career. If you have questions at any stage, from admission to graduation - our advising office is a great place to find answers. Illinois may be a large university, but here in the College, we'll make sure you're never alone.
For detailed information about any of these degree options, please contact the College Student Academic Affairs Office.
State Licensure for Teachers
Illinois (and all other states) requires that public school teachers be officially certified by the state before they can be hired. This licensure process requires students to demonstrate certain levels of academic preparation and practical skills. At Illinois, teacher licensure is managed by the Council on Teacher Education in cooperation with your degree program. The staff of the Council will work with you and your academic advisor during your Illinois experience to make sure that you've met all of the necessary requirements to begin your teaching career when you leave the campus. For more details about how licensure works on the campus, you can visit the Council on Teacher Education web site.