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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 five majors and a minor in secondary education. The five majors offered are:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Learning and Education Studies
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Special Education

For information regarding the Secondary Education Minor, please send an email to:

Interested in applying to a College of Education Major?

Students interested in applying to one of the five major programs (Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education, Learning & Education Studies) 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. Additional LES and SecEd informational videos coming soon!

Applications to all majors are open June 1-15 for Fall 2022 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?

Applications to the minor opens August 1, 2022 for Spring 2023 admission. Please refer to the table below to find out when you should apply!

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Apply to the Secondary Education Minor

Please refer to the specific programs 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. 

Elementary Education

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

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, Applied Learning Science, 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. 

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.

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. 

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, Mathematics, and 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. The program prepares graduates to teach Secondary Education (grades 9-12) in designated content areas.