For decades, UIS has produced Illinois' strong and successful leaders in Education. Choose your path and become a professional educator, complete a certificate, add an endorsement, or obtain a Masters degree to lead you to the next step in your career.

The School of Education has long adapted academic offerings to busy teachers and administrators who wish to further their education. Faculty members know what it is like to work full-time and participate in cohorts and internships themselves. Most importantly, however, faculty have practical experience, having served as building principals, district superintendents, and K-12 classroom teachers.

Future Ready Teachers and Leaders Pipeline Initiative

Future Ready Teaching: Thinking Critically, Acting Boldly, and Inspiring Brilliance

Are you a community leader or paraprofessional with interest in becoming a licensed teacher in Illinois? The School of Education was awarded a Grow Your Own grant to address the teacher shortage and prepare you to think critically, act boldly, and inspire brilliance as an educator.

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Academic Programs

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Equipping, developing, and training educators .

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Two degree options preparing educational leaders for instruction and administration.

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Online certificates for career advancement and skills development.

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Gain additional knowledge and broaden your skills in our online and hybrid Illinois State Board of Education endorsements for licensed teachers.

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Teacher Licensure

Receive your professional educator license in elementary and secondary education.

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Prairie Area Teaching Initiative

Prairie Area Teaching Initiative (PATI) recruits diverse students and/or students who are the first in their families to go to college. Participants enrolled in PATI are provided a series of planned activities and incentives to increase motivation to teach in the local area and aptitude for teaching.  Students are involved in both professional and volunteer efforts supporting the education of children.


May 10, 2023
Dear Teachers, Alumni and Students: On behalf of the College of Public Affairs and Education let me extend a most sincere “thank you…
Apr 22, 2024
Hanfu Mi, professor in the School of Education at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been selected as a U.S. Department of State Fulbright U.S.…
Feb 28, 2024
The University of Illinois Springfield School of Education has been awarded a $145,000 grant from Grow Your Own Teachers (GYO) to develop a consortium aimed…
Feb 27, 2024
The University of Illinois Springfield has released the names of the 681 students who made the Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2023. A total of 99 students…
Feb 08, 2024
Jennifer Martin, an associate professor in the University of Illinois Springfield’s School of Education, has been selected to receive the Truman L. Kelley…