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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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
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