Professor Todd D. Oberg
Assistant Professor Penny Haase Wittler
Assistant Professor Jaime Klein – Director of Teacher Preparation
Instructor Suzanne Kell
Instructor Eric McClarey
Part-time Assistant Professor Jennifer Tygret
Part-time Instructor Kristine Bingham
Part-time Instructor Monica Dixon
Part-time Instructor Bridget English
Part-time Instructor Janean Mays
Part-time Instructor Erin Tighe
Students wishing to become teachers take courses in the Department of Education along with courses in the content area(s) in which they plan to teach. Most education courses include an experiential learning component so that students have many opportunities to work with K-12 students in order to become excellent teachers. Students interested in earning a teaching license should contact the Department of Education as soon as possible to construct a four-year plan.
Anyone interested in entering the Teacher Preparation Program should register for ED 101 during their first year or as soon as possible thereafter. This course will introduce prospective candidates to the requirements for entering and completing a licensure program and to the dispositions, skills, and competencies necessary for successful completion of an Illinois College teaching licensure program. ED 289 should be taken in the second semester of the sophomore year and includes application into the Teacher Preparation Program.
All courses that count toward teaching licensure must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or above. A GPA of 2.75 or better must be earned to be admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program and must be retained throughout completion of the program.
Licensure of Non-Traditional Students
Anyone who already holds a bachelor’s degree and wishes to earn a teaching license should consult the Director of Teacher Preparation to devise an individualized program that takes into account their coursework and real-world experience.
Candidates Seeking Additional Teaching License Endorsement
After earning their initial teaching license, any educator may add subsequent endorsements in other content areas or grade bands. Most subsequent teaching endorsements require 18 credit hours in the specific subject area, along with passing the applicable content area test. Some endorsements require a specific distribution of coursework, including particular teaching methods courses. All candidates seeking to add additional content area or grade band endorsements should speak with Illinois College’s Licensure Officer.
Online Reading Teacher Endorsement
The PK-12 Reading Teacher Endorsement is designed to be added to an existing Professional Educator License (PEL) at any level. Reading teachers are generally responsible for working with students who would benefit from additional reading instruction and assessing students to determine their reading needs and strengths. These professionals collaborate with reading specialists and other professionals to improve instruction and to modify the physical and social environments as needed to meet the needs of all readers.
Online English as a Second Language Endorsement
This endorsement is in the process of being developed. Please refer to the website for the most up to date information.
Education Major Courses and Professional Education Courses
Students enrolled in education courses should expect additional costs due to professional memberships, licensure requirements, and/or transportation.
Majors & Programs
Education with Agricultural Education (5-12),Major
Education with Elementary Licensure,Major
Education with Middle Grades Licensure,Major
Education with Physical Education or Foreign Language - Spanish Licensure,Major
Education with Secondary Science-Biology, English, Math, or Social Studies-History Licensure,Major
History Teaching Licensure,Teaching Licensure