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
- Ranked 91st in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools 2014” edition.
- Consistently ranked as one of the top 100 best values in public colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.
- Approximately one in four first-year public school teachers hired in Illinois graduated from Illinois State (2008-2011).
- Approximately one in eight Illinois public school teachers graduated from Illinois State.
- Home to the largest teacher preparation program in Illinois.
- Ranks as the largest baccalaureate producer of teachers in the nation and is one of the top 10 largest teacher preparation institutions in the nation, among AACTE institutions.
- The nation’s largest producer of special education teachers.
- The Department of Special Education graduated twice as many teachers with this degree as the next largest teacher preparation institution in Illinois (2011).
- Illinois State ranked 12th in the nation with 58 teachers earning the National Board Certification in 2011.
- 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 43 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.