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The College of Education offers highly ranked Teacher Educator Preparation Programs as well as unique non-classroom oriented Education Majors 

The 2023 US News and World Report has ranked our programs and departments among the top 20 offered by public institutions in the USA.

Our Educational Psychology department is ranked #5, Special Education is ranked #6, Curriculum and Instruction (houses pedagogy courses for all majors that lead to Teaching Licensure) is ranked #10, Elementary Teacher Education is ranked #14, Secondary Teacher Education is ranked #15 and Education Policy is ranked #18.

Note - Transferring to Computer Science + Secondary Education and Secondary Education Mathematics is not available at the junior level until fall 2025.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education focuses on preparing candidates to teach birth to grade two. Graduates of the program can qualify for a professional educator license in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education approval. 

Early Childhood Professional Education

The Early Childhood Professional Education Program is an online program uniquely designed for transfer students holding an associate degree in early childhood or similar field. Coursework is offered online, in the evening, and in a format structured to meet the needs of working professionals.


Computer Science + Education

The Computer Science + Education Program offers two options for students; those who want to teach Computer Science at the High School level and those who are more interested in using Computer Science to develop the Educational Experience.

Computer Science + Secondary Education

Computer Science + Learning Science

Elementary Education

Our Elementary Education Program prepares candidates to teach in self-contained classrooms for grades one to six.



Learning and Education Studies Our Learning and Education Studies Program offers options for those who are interested the field of Education, but do not want to go into the traditional K-12 education system.
Middle Grades Education

The Middle Grades Education Program prepares candidates to teach grades five through eight and offers four different areas of concentration.


Secondary Education Mathematics

The Secondary Education Mathematics Program prepares candidates to teach and develop mathematics curriculum for grades nine through twelve.


Special Education

Our Special Education Program prepares candidates to teach Kindergarten through Age 21 with any disability.

Applicants to this program must have completed at least 50 hours working with persons with disabilities. Complete and submit this form with your application to the University.



Transfer Handbook

If you anticipate transferring to the University of Illinois, refer to the transfer handbook for information about GPA requirements, Illinois State Board of Education licensure requirements and recommended course sequences.

Transfer Handbook


Illinois Transfer Admission Requirements Information for Transfer Students Admitted to a Teacher Preparation Program

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