Skip to main content

Department of Teacher Education University of Illinois Springfield

About Our Students

TEP Students Participate in Group Activities

Our students come from all walks of life and cover a multitude of age levels and experience. Many have spent multiple hours substitute teaching in classrooms, but some come with little to no experience with school-age children. It is not unusual for a 20 year old traditional student to be writing a lab report in Dr. Childs’ TEP 426 Methods of Elementary Science class with a 50 year old who has just retired from the armed service.

Our students have a reputation as being strong in their content areas because of the structure of the program as a minor paired with an appropriate major.