Illinois Teacher Education Programs

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Illinois Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in Illinois. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in Illinois, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.


Illinois is located in the Midwest United States and is home to 12.9 million people. Approximately 8.7 million of the state’s residents are concentrated in Chicago, the largest metropolitan area. In addition to the nightlife, restaurants and shopping, Chicago’s residents can explore the Taste Of Chicago food festival, the world’s largest theater (Uptown Theatre), skyscrapers, amusement parks and much more. Illinois’ major industries are manufacturing, agriculture and the services industry, including higher education.

Teacher Education in Illinois

If you’re seeking financial assistance and studying to become a teacher, you’re in luck. State-specific scholarships geared toward prospective teachers include the Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program, the Illinois Future Teachers Corp Program and the Golden Apple Scholars Program.

Teaching Careers in Illinois

According to 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average teacher in Illinois makes a mean annual income of $56,290, which is well above the income of teachers in other states. Post-secondary educators can expect to earn even more. As in most other states, you must have a bachelor's degree and must complete a state-approved certificate preparation program.

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