Guided by faculty and cooperating education professionals who provide individualized advising, mentorship, and assessment, our students learn to become confident in their classrooms, responsive to their students, deeply knowledgeable about subject matter, and committed to their own growth as lifelong learners.
The Department of Education is authorized by the State of Illinois to prepare students for licensure in elementary school (grades K-9) and secondary school (grades 6-12), with licensure at the secondary level in mathematics, English, history, chemistry and biology and in K-12 programs in visual art, music, Spanish, and French.These programs are offered at the BA and MAT levels. See requirements for forthcoming changes in Illinois State Board of Education Licensure Structure.
Our education majors have many opportunities to work with students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, including interning at a local high-needs school districts. Student teaching placements are generally made in local suburban school districts. For students with an interest in urban education, the ACM Urban Education Program offers the opportunity to complete student teaching in the Chicago Public Schools. For students with an international focus, the Global Student Teaching program offers the chance to student teach abroad.
For more than 15 years, our faculty have had a strong relationship with Waukegan Public Schools, a high-need school district north of Lake Forest. This partnership helps provide professional development for Waukegan teachers and pre-service opportunities for Lake Forest College education majors.
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