Prairie Area Teaching Initiative

Prairie Area Teaching Initiative is designed to assist school systems in Illinois with the recruitment of teachers.

There are three entry points for PATI. Students may enroll during the senior year of high school, the first two years of college, or while serving as a paraprofessional. Students apply by submitting a PATI application and agreement, along with applying to UIS.  In addition, a personal interview with the director will be required.  After licensure, teaching candidates are expected to teach in the state of Illinois for a minimum of two years to serve as teachers.

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. Each student must be involved in a minimum of ten hours of service learning each semester.

PATI is directed by Dr. Ronda Mitchell.  She can be reached at or by phone at 217-206-7008.