Online licensure coursework is a great way to begin, change, or further a career without the commitment of being on campus regularly. Participants can complete a bachelor’s degree; earn an Illinois Teaching License, subsequent license, or endorsement; or earn credits towards professional development.
Lyle Rigdon, Online Coordinator / Director of Clinical Practice
The Department of Teacher Education has an online component for those who wish to become licensed teachers or add endorsements to their licenses but prefer the flexibility of online learning. The Department has online course work leading to licensure or endorsement in Secondary / Middle School Mathematics, English, Science (Biology and Chemistry), Social Science (History, Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology). Illinois certified / licensed teachers seeking an endorsement should obtain a deficiency letter prior to beginning course work. The course work and other requirements of this program are primarily the same as the on campus programs, but courses are taught almost completely online. Each course requires two semester visits to campus.
Unlike courses that are delivered entirely online, teacher education courses use a blended learning format. These courses require participants to attend conferences on the UIS campus each semester. During these on campus conferences, faculty members will evaluate students according to their knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching (required by the Illinois State Board of Education). Other activities during the on campus conferences may include student presentations and other demonstrations of teaching ability.
Students in on-campus TEP programs are allowed to take online coursework. The same teacher education program admission requirements apply to all online courses except for those participants earning credits for professional development, and the same participation in campus conferences is required as well.
Please contact the Online Coordinator / Director of Clinical Practice Lyle Rigdon at email@example.com or 217-206-7517 for further information.