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UI Students Applying to the Major and Minor

Applying to a College of Education program.

Students who are currently enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign can apply to the College of Education programs. The College of Education offers the following majors and a minor in secondary education. The majors offered are:

  • Computer Science +
    • Learning Sciences
    • Secondary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Learning and Education Studies
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Special Education
  • Secondary Education, Mathematics

Interested in applying to a College of Education Major?

Students interested in applying to one of the major programs are highly encouraged to watch the informational video and complete the form. The link to the video: this webtools form with embedded video>> , form is located here.

Applications to all majors are open December 1 for Fall 2023 admissionPlease refer to the table below to find out when you should apply.

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Apply to an Education Major

Interested in applying for the Minor in Secondary Education?

We have two application periods to the Secondary Education minor.

  • December 1-February 1 (Early Action Application Period) Minor coursework begins Spring 2024 (Sophomore's should apply during this period)
  • August 1-15 (Regular Application Period) Minor coursework begins Spring 2024 (rising Juniors should apply during this period)

IMPORTANT: Students are required to upload a signed verification form from their College advisor into the application.

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Apply to the Secondary Education Minor

Please refer to the specific programs for admission requirements:

Computer Science + Learning Science

The Computer Science + Education, B.S. is sponsored jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

The Learning Sciences concentration focuses on how technology can be designed and developed to further education. Social media, virtual and augmented reality, data analytics, and mobile and wearable devices have created an opportunity to transform teaching and learning in both formal and informal contexts. This degree will prepare students for advanced study at the graduate level, as well as immediate entry into the workforce at software companies, publishers, school districts, game design companies, and research non-profits.

 

Visit https://education.illinois.edu/programs/information-for/ui-students-applying-to-the-major/computer-science-application-information for admission requirements

Computer Science + Secondary Education

The Computer Science + Education, B.S. is sponsored jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

The Secondary Education concentration provides the coursework and field experience for students to be licensed to teach computer science in grades 9-12. The degree will prepare students to join the workforce as a teacher in high school institutions in the state of Illinois, providing them with the knowledge necessary to teach and develop computer science curricula.

Visit https://education.illinois.edu/programs/information-for/ui-students-applying-to-the-major/computer-science-application-information for admission requirements.

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education degree program prepares students for Illinois Early Childhood licensure (birth through grade two). The Early Childhood Education program incorporates course work leading to an Early Childhood Special Education approval. 

Students with the best essays and the best academic and professional qualifications, including any pertinent extracurricular activities will receive highest priority. One way to demonstrate interest is to have earned a grade of “B” or better in introductory courses such as EDUC 201, EDUC 202 and EPSY 201.  

Meeting the minimum GPA and the completion of prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into any major.

Elementary Education

The Elementary Education program will prepare students for Illinois Elementary licensure (grades one through six in self-contained classrooms).

Students with the best essays and the best academic and professional qualifications, including any pertinent extracurricular activities will receive highest priority. One way to demonstrate interest is to have earned a grade of “B” or better in introductory courses such as EDUC 201, EDUC 202 and EPSY 201.  

Meeting the minimum GPA and the completion of prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into any major.

Learning and Education Studies (non-licensure major)

The Learning and Education Studies (LES) degree program is a non-licensure major with concentrations in Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching & Agency, Educational Equality and Cultural Understanding, and Workplace Training and Development. This curriculum prepares students for a broad range of positions requiring expertise of informal and non-formal learning and education. Examples include training and program development, international schools, and other education-related positions in agencies, business, and government. 

Students with the best essays and the best academic and professional qualifications, including any pertinent extracurricular activities or internships will receive highest priority. One way to demonstrate interest is to have earned a grade of “B” or better in introductory courses such as EDUC 201, EDUC 202 and CI 210.  

Meeting the minimum GPA and the completion of prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into any major.

Middle Grades Education

The Middle Grades program will prepare students for Illinois licensure (grades five through eight) with concentrations in Social Science, Science, Mathematics, and Literacy.

Students with the best essays and the best academic and professional qualifications, including any pertinent extracurricular activities will receive highest priority. One way to demonstrate interest is to have earned a grade of “B” or better in introductory courses such as EDUC 201, EDUC 202 and EPSY 201.  

Meeting the minimum GPA and the completion of prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into any major.

Special Education

The Department of Special Education offers an undergraduate field-based professional licensure preparation program designed to prepare teacher candidates to work with individuals with varying disabilities including: learning disabilities, social or emotional disorders, cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities and other health impairments, autism and traumatic brain injury. 

Students with the best essays and the best academic and professional qualifications, including any pertinent extracurricular activities will receive highest priority. One way to demonstrate interest is to have earned a grade of “B” or better in introductory courses such as EDUC 201, EDUC 202, EPSY 201 and SPED 117.  

Meeting the minimum GPA and the completion of prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into any major.

Secondary Education (minor)

This minor is a component of the teaching option within the following College of Liberal Arts majors: Biology, Chemistry, English, Geology, History and Mathematics. Students within the Grainger College of Engineering Physics Major may pursue the Secondary Education minor in Physics.

Enrollment is limited to candidates in these options. For admission to the teaching option within those majors, see the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For admission to the Physics program in the Grainger College of Engineering, visit this link. The Secondary Education Minor along with the coursework in the Major prepares graduates to teach Secondary Education (grades 9-12) in designated content areas.

Students with the best essays and the best academic and professional qualifications, including any pertinent extracurricular activities will receive highest priority. One way to demonstrate interest is to have earned a grade of “B” or better in introductory courses such as EDUC 201, EDUC 202 and EPSY 201.  

Meeting the minimum GPA and the completion of prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into any major.

Secondary Education, Mathematics (BS)

This major provides the coursework and field experience for students to be licensed to teach and develop mathematics curricula in Illinois high schools, grades 9-12.

Students in this major will:

  • Apply research to teaching mathematics
  • Leverage knowledge and experiences to build robust mathematics curricula
  • Explore policy issues that affect the teaching of mathematics
  • Learn practice-based approaches, including community-based engagement

Visit https://education.illinois.edu/programs/information-for/ui-students-applying-to-the-major/secondary-education-mathematics-(bs) for admission requirements.

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