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EIU Educator Preparation

Paths to Educator Licensure


Undergraduates - EIU offers programs leading to 24 distinct endorsements leading to initial teacher licensure across all grades spans (Birth to Grade 12) and encompassing almost every subject area.  Information on each program may be found here.  Information about applying to EIU as a first-time college student may be found through the Admissions Office, while transfers from other colleges and universities may find addition information the the Office of Transfer Relations.

Post-Baccalaureate Students - Individuals already in possession of a bachelor's degree may choose to pursue coursework that leads to licensure with no need to earn an additional academic degree.  All EIU initial teacher licensure programs are open to such post-baccalaureate candidates; information on the steps needed to apply and to have your program developed may be found here.  Additionally, individuals who hold bachelor's degress in English, mathematics, science, history, business, family and consumer science, technology, French, German, or Spanish may enroll in EIU's Accelerated MAT Teacher Licensure program that takes just one year (June through May) to complete. Information on this program may be found here.

New!  Post-baccalaureate students and certain undergraduate students interested in Elementary Elementary or Special Education in the Champaign-Urbana-Rantoul area: Off-campus cohorts are beginning in August 2021 at ROE 9 in Champaign. Click here for information.

Graduate Students - Initial educator licensure programs are available in School Counseling, Speech-Language Pathology, or School Psychology. Educators who already have licenses may add Reading Teacher, English as a Second LanguageHealth Education, Behavior Intervention Specialist, or Curriculum Adaptation Specialist endorsements. Those wishing to develop leadership skills may earn endorsements as a Teacher Leader, Principal, Superintendent, or Director of Special Education.

Questions? Contact College of Education Associate Dean Dr. Christy Hooser (

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