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Application to College of Education programs

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 one of the College of Education majors (Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education, Learning & Education Studies) are encouraged to attend an ICT meeting prior to meeting with a College of Education advisor. 

ICT Meetings will resume on Wednesday, August 25th.  Meetings will be held every Wednesday (while school is in session) at 4pm in the Education Building room 160.

Please refer to the table below to find out when you should apply.

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Application to ALL majors will open December 1, 2021 for fall 2022 admission.

Interested in applying for the Minor in Secondary Education?

Please refer to the table below to find out when you should apply!

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Application to the Minor opens December 1, 2021 for spring 2023 admission.

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.



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Application to Education majors

Application to the Secondary Education minor