Department Chairperson: Dr. Bruce Spitzer
The Department of Education prepares undergraduate teacher candidates and practicing teachers to facilitate the learning of all students, enabling both teachers and their students to act as informed, involved, principled and productive citizens and leaders over a lifetime.
The Education Department offers a newly redesigned, undergraduate licensure program in education to prepare elementary, secondary, K-12 art, K-12 foreign language and K-12 music teachers. It is an experience oriented teacher education program based on the liberal arts. The faculty of the education department is committed to the serious study of education and the promotion of professional standards to foster innovation in professional preparation. This commitment encompasses social issues, such as multicultural and ethnic education, with an emphasis on preparing candidates to teach in diverse school settings. The program is approved for licensure by the Illinois State Board of Education. Teacher education programs differ from other programs at the College in that additional specific criteria must be met in the area of general education, as well as in the area of the major.
B.A. (Elementary Education major)
Supplemental Secondary Education major
Minors: Reading, and English Language Learner (offered in conjunction with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages).
Licensure offered: Art (K-12), elementary education, English, foreign language (designations in Spanish, German or French) (K-12), mathematics, music (K-12), science (designations in biology, chemistry or physics) and social science (designation in history).