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Secondary Education Minor

Student Opportunities

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Work and Volunteer Experience 

Work and volunteer experiences are a good way to prepare for student teaching and to gain experience valued by employers.

These experiences also develop soft skills (time-management, leadership, etc.) that many employers highly value. 

Below are some of the many experiences you can take part in in the Champaign-Urbana area. 


Study Abroad

The College of Education organizes study abroad trips specific to education and teachers that take place over a semester or one of the seasonal breaks.

Each Study Abroad trip includes time spent in classrooms internationally, as well as sightseeing and unique experiences



Secondary education students are eligible to apply for scholarships in both the College of LAS and Education

Below, scholarships opportunities are detailed by subject area.


You can find an updated list of trips at the Study Abroad site. 

You can also look at the larger themes of each program to decide on which trip might be best for you. 

If you are worried about the cost, $500 dollars is given to any student currently admitted to the minor who goes on one of these trips.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also offers a variety of International Programs. 

Speak with your advisor early if you are interested. Students will not be able to study abroad for a whole semester once their professional education minor sequence begins.


Volunteer at the YMCA

Park Districts

Champaign Volunteers


Urbana Volunteers



Office of Volunteer Programs


Boys and Girls Club

Boys and Girls Club


Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Big Brothers/Big Sisters


Urbana School District

Urbana School District


Champaign School District

Champaign Unit 4


America Reads/America Counts

America Reads/America Counts 

Through UIUC and paid

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All LAS students

LAS Scholarships

College of Education

The Illinois Club

Summer Fulbright Scholarships

Golden Apple
  • Teacher preparation and tuition assistance program
  • For high school seniors, and first- and second-year Illinois college students who desire to be excellent teachers in Illinois schools-of-need
  • More information can be found on their website.


Michael And Susan Haney Stem Education Scholarship

  • Juniors or seniors who are enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, or math secondary education program
  • Apply for a 2020-2021 scholarship during the summer of 2020.

 STEM Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities and Assistance

If you are interested in scholarships that fund opportunities, rather than ones that cover financial needs, there are many options available to you, some of which are listed here.

If you are applying for ANY national or international scholarship (whether or not it is listed on the page above), you can work with the National and International Scholarship Program to receive assistance with your application.

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