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.


Teaching Programs in Illinois

With an eclectic landscape of rural, suburban, and urban areas, Illinois has many challenges to address when it comes to education and ensuring that all students get equal opportunities to education. No matter which the group you are interested in teaching or where your skills lie in terms of subject area, you may be considering a career in teaching.

This is a crucial time for Illinois to have highly educated and dedicated education professionals. According to a recent press release, the Illinois State Board of Education voted to increase standards and expectations for students. Successfully meeting these standards will require hard work and collaboration from teachers across the spectrum. In turn, this hard work will secure the future of Illinois.

If you're ready to jump into a teaching career, keep reading to learn more about education programs in Illinois.

Teacher Education in Illinois

How Can I Get a Teaching Degree in Illinois?

One of the first steps in becoming an Illinois teacher is deciding which type of teaching license you would like to earn. If you want to teach a variety of subjects, elementary education may be the Bachelor's degree you need. If you would rather focus on one specific area of study, consider going into secondary education. Studying post-secondary education prepares you for an education career at the college setting. Another option is special education, a degree which prepares you to meet the unique needs of students with limitations.

The degree level and licensure type you choose at this point determines which classes you'll take throughout your education. If you go into elementary education, you may take a diverse array of classes like Teaching Elementary School Science, Teaching Reaching in Elementary Schools, Managing Effective Classrooms, and Survey of Elementary Education. Prior to graduation, you should spend about one semester working as a student teacher and getting feedback from an experienced teacher at your licensure level.

Illinois has quite a few financial aid opportunities for aspiring teachers, particularly those who are willing to go into high demand specialties. The Illinois Special Education Tuition Waiver Program waives tuition fees for special education teachers who agree to work in Illinois after graduation.

Teaching Careers in Illinois

Outlook for Educators in Illinois

Because of the range of educational needs in Illinois, getting involved with your local teaching community can really help you get ready for your career. The Illinois Education Association is one of the largest professional teaching organizations in the state.

Overall, job growth for Illinois teachers is expected to remain stable through 2022. According to O*Net, job growth may create over 1,300 new secondary school jobs per year. During this time frame, O*Net anticipates almost 200 new special education jobs per year.

Contact the teaching schools in Illinois listed below to learn more about how to become a teacher.

2014 Teaching Salaries in Illinois

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