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EIU School of Extended Learning

The School of Extended Learning (SEL) is committed to serving a diverse community of learners by designing and delivering educational programming through a variety of venues, both face-to-face and online. SEL extends the academic resources and services of Eastern Illinois University beyond traditional campus boundaries. Our learner and consumer-centric programming is designed to enhance educational and professional development opportunities for individuals and organizations alike.

Why Choose EIU for Extended Learning


Since 1973, the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Eastern Illinois University (formerly B.A. in General Studies) has been serving adult learners in Illinois and beyond.

This flexible degree program prepares you for career advancement or to continue your education.

Learning Options

EIU's School of Extended Learning offers both traditional and online course formats.

We provide face-to-face courses at many locations including Champaign, Grayslake, River Grove and Schaumburg.

Online degree completion is an available option for prospective students from many states. Click here to see if your state qualifies.

Personalized Guidance

Academic advisors are available to assist you with every step of your journey from admission through graduation.

click here to find more on how to get started.

Degree Programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs

The School of Extended Learning in partnership with EIU academic departments offer a variety of undergraduate programs designed to fit within the schedule and lifestyle today’s adult learner. Many of these programs are online or at various locations through the state. Click here for more information on our undergraduate programs.

Graduate Programs

The School of Extended Learning in partnership with EIU academic departments have an array of graduate programs that make it convenient for professionals to return to school to earn their graduate degree. We offer a variety of online, face-to-face, and hybrid programs at different locations throughout the state. Click here for more information on these programs.

Specialist Degree and Endorsement Programs

The School of Extended Learning in partnership with the Educational Leadership Department at EIU offer programs for teachers and school administrators wanting to pursue leadership roles in education. These programs are offered at numerous locations throughout the state. Click here for more information on these programs.

Don't take our word for it

"People don't realize how fortunate they are to have a program like the Academy of Lifelong Learning in this area."

Julie Vahling, AARP Illinois

"My favorite part of the BGS program is being able to complete my degree with Eastern Illinois University. I left EIU in 1997 in my senior year to get married…Every doubt and fear I had about my ability to complete my degree was resolved when I walked into the EIU office at Triton college and sat down with Jackie Johnson Janesku. I have my bachelor’s degree because I got out of my own way, and started the BGS program. I AM EIU!"

Juanta Griffin

"Most of the programs and classes are quite affordable. The Academy offers a wide variety of offerings for community members, which draws people from various backgrounds. We like meeting new people and sharing our common interests.”

Jack and Jan Little

"The BGS Program at Eastern Illinois University gave me the opportunity to do that, taking courses I want to take, and giving me the option of either taking them online or in satellite classroom locations. It provides an intellectually stimulating environment that is responsive to the needs of adult students with families and full time jobs, without lowering the bar academically. I am very pleased that I chose EIU as my option to further my education."

Jim Kelleher

Contact Information

School of Extended Learning

600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-5114

Academy of Lifelong Learning

600 Lincoln Avenue, Buzzard Hall Room 1328
(217) 581-7415

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