The College of Education at Illinois State continues the tradition of preparing future educators as well as responding to the professional development needs of today’s educators in both school and nonschool settings.
The university is consistently recognized nationally among the ten largest producers of teachers among American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education institutions.
Nearly one of every seven teachers in the classrooms of Illinois public schools holds a degree from Illinois State. Many alumni hold positions of educational leadership, including college presidencies, agency administrative posts, and offices in professional associations.
The lab schools play an important role in this teacher training mission by:
Both laboratory schools at Illinois State University, Metcalf and University High School, engage in multiple activities that support all parts of the stated mission.
The College of Education is one of only 85 in the nation that maintains laboratory schools. Metcalf and UHigh serve as clinical experiences and student teaching for teacher education students at Illinois State University. The schools provide a "living laboratory" for research and applied practices to improve teaching and other educational practice.
The student population of approximately 1,000 students from pre-kindergarten through senior year at Metcalf and UHigh is representative of the academic and socio-economic characteristics typical of public school students in the surrounding community.
Thomas Metcalf School offers 400 preschool through eighth grade students a wide range of educational programs and a variety of extracurricular activities. Students are admitted through an application process. A basic curriculum, consisting of instruction in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies is offered to all students at Metcalf. Future teachers, enrolled in education programs at Illinois State University, learn from observing these extensive educational offerings and from working with the exemplary faculty who implement them. Metcalf takes great pride in its ability to engage learners in a variety of learning experiences.
University High School is a modern, well-equipped educational facility serving 600 students in grades nine through 12. Students are admitted through an application process. With students enrolled from many school districts, University High is a diverse community of learners who are committed to providing a laboratory environment in which the very best classroom practice can flourish. University High School strives to keep pace with changing technological challenges by offering Internet access to students through the University. Firm in the belief that co-curricular programs enhance the experience of the high school student, University High School also offers over 60 programs in both academics and athletics.