Ready to change the world?
We prepare our students to succeed. We offer teacher licensure and non-licensure degree options—so you can choose the right fit for your future.
It starts with your academic adviser who will help you make the best decisions. Professors and others will serve as valued mentors. Your fellow students will play a role, too, through peer advising programs, student organizations, and lasting friendships.
After graduation? You'll still be able to count on us for assistance with curriculum planning and connecting with faculty and alumni for support.
Do you want to be a teacher?
We offer four teacher licensure degrees as well as a minor in secondary teaching.
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Middle Grades Education
- Special Education
- Secondary Education minor
Visit this page for information about the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements in our licensure programs.
Interested in the field of education but not sure you want to be a teacher?
Our Bachelor of Science in Learning and Education Studies major will prepare you to lead in education, training, and management positions in business, government, healthcare, international schools and more. We offer four areas of concentration in this non-licensure degree:
- Applied Learning Science
- Educational Equality & Cultural Understanding
- Workplace Training & Development
- Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching and Agency
Applying to the College of Education:
Undergraduate Academic Advising
From admission to graduation—our Student Academic Affairs Office is a great place to go for answers to your questions. Illinois may be a large university, but at the College of Education, we'll make sure you never get lost in the crowd.
School and Community Experiences
School and Community Experiences coordinates all aspects of field placements for student teachers leading to Illinois Licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.
State Licensure for Teachers
Public school teachers must be officially certified before they're hired. At Illinois, the Council on Teacher Education manages teacher licensure in cooperation with your degree program to ensure that you've met all of the necessary requirements.
Teaching Science with Alumna Kelsey Aikman
We prepare you to teach science in elementary classrooms in ways that engage students through both hands-on and minds-on science inquiry.