Educator preparation is a university-wide effort that includes five colleges and enrolls more than 4,000 students. More than one-fifth of Illinois State students are enrolled in an educator preparation program.
The College of Education ranks in the top 5 percent in the U.S. for quality and value, according to College Factual.
The College of Education is the oldest college in the University and enrolls more than 4,400 students across its doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate education programs.
The College of Education has been continuously accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954.
The College of Education's faculty and staff secured $17.43 million in external grants and contracts during the 2017 fiscal year, over half of the University's total.
Professional Education Units
87% of Illinois public school districts employ at least one ISU alum.
Illinois State University is ranked the eighth best college offering degrees in education in the U.S.
In Illinois, about one in four first-year teachers and more than one in six of all teachers are Redbirds.
One in four new Golden Apple Scholars chose Illinois State in the fall of 2016 over 51 other eligible educator preparation programs in Illinois. The University enrolls twice as many scholars as the next most popular institution.
Illinois State University was the largest preparer of teachers in the midwest and the fourth largest producer of teachers in the nation from 2013-2017.
A top 10 largest preparer of special education and elementary education teachers at the bachelor's or initial level in the United States.
More Illinois State graduates have earned National Board Certification, the gold standard for accomplished teaching, than alumni from any other university in the Midwest, among reporting teachers.
99% of ISU teacher candidates passed the EdTPA compared to 90% nationally in 2017-2018.
The Professional Education Unit includes 41 education programs.
There are over 60,000 Illinois State education alumni living and working in all 50 states and 68 countries worldwide.
During the 2017-2018 school year, the College of Education awarded over 350 education scholarships totaling more than $500,000.
The University Laboratory Schools includes Thomas Metcalf School and University High School and serves 1,000 students.
41 percent of Laboratory School teachers are National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) or are completing National Board Certification, compared to 3 percent nationwide.
Founded in 1857, Illinois State's Laboratory Schools are among the oldest and largest in the U.S.
Teacher candidates engage in more than 35,000 clinical hours at Metcalf School and University High School each year.
University High School is considered to be the 21st Best High School in Illinois according to Niche in 2018.
Top 10 percent graduation rate among public universities in the nation.
Founded in 1857, Illinois State was the first public university in Illinois.