Educator preparation is a university-wide effort that includes five colleges and enrolls more than 5,000 students. Nearly one-fourth of the 22,000 students who attend the University are enrolled in an educator preparation program.
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Points of Pride
- 87% of Illinois public school districts employ at least one ISU alum.
Since 2012, one in four first-year teachers hired in Illinois public schools graduated from Illinois State University.
- Approximately one in seven Illinois public school teachers graduated from Illinois State.
- Three in ten of Illinois’ newest Golden Apple Scholars chose to pursue educator preparation at Illinois State University among 40 eligible institutions. That’s more than double the next most popular institution!
- ISU is among the largest teacher preparation institutions in the nation.
- About 800 ISU alumni have achieved National Board certification, the gold standard for accomplished teaching. This ranks ISU in the top 20 institutions that have alumni who are National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT’s).
- The College of Education is the oldest college in the University and enrolls more than 3,000 doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students.
- Founded in 1857, Illinois State was the first public university in Illinois.
- The Professional Education Unit includes 41 education programs.
- For the 2012-13 academic year, the College of Education awarded 140 undergraduate and graduate scholarships totaling more than $312,000.
- $11.3 million in external grants and contracts was awarded to the college during the 2012 fiscal year.
- The University Laboratory Schools serve 1,000 students.
- There are over 40,000 living College of Education alumni.
- The College of Education has been continuously accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954.