The Department of Teacher Education provides a baccalaureate degree in elementary education and minors in secondary education that lead to teacher licensure. In order to be licensed as a teacher through UIS, students need to select an appropriate major and apply to (and be accepted into) either the elementary major or a secondary minor in the Department of Teacher Education.


Candidates seeking licensure in either elementary or secondary education may apply to a program in the Department of Teacher Education any time. However, admission is only granted after certain criteria have been met.

Most students who are accepted into a program in the Department of Teacher Education can complete their content major and licensure course work within the parameters of a four year degree.

Once a student is accepted into a Teacher Education Program, s/he is referred to as a ‘candidate.’ This term originated with the Illinois State Board of Education, who use that term for students who are ‘candidates for teaching licensure.’ This maintains a distinction between university level teacher education students and students in K-12 schools.