Prairie Area Teaching Initiative

The Prairie Area Teaching Initiative (PATI) is a TEP Departmental initiative designed to recruit students from Illinois. Graduates must make a serious commitment to teaching, for a minimum of two years, in a district in Illinois.​  Applications for admission to PATI are reviewed twice per year – one month prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Students are notified in writing of their acceptance. To maintain good standing in PATI and to be eligible for a tuition waiver, students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester (including TEP course work); maintain a 3.0 grade point average; enroll in the appropriate PATI course; conduct a minimum of 10 hours per semester of community service; and abide by all policies and procedures of PATI. Students failing to maintain any one of these requirements will be given one semester of probationary status and will be withdrawn if said deficiencies are not remedied. For more information, please visit the PATI website, or call 217- 206-7008.