Prospective teacher candidates study a core curriculum of liberal arts as well as a major field of study. Students in the education program learn both in and outside of the classroom, with opportunities for field and practical experiences, as well as student teaching during their time at Eureka College.

Eureka College has been recognized as a top college for teacher education. The Online College Database’s ranking “Best Colleges in Illinois Shaping the Next Generation,” honors the post-secondary institutions in the state that have graduated the most education and teaching professionals.

Additional information
  • Students must complete entry requirements before program admission is granted (read more)
  • Practica and student teaching required to complete the teacher education program (read more)

Application of transfer credit toward Eureka College Teacher Education requirements is subject to review by the Teacher Education Program. All grades in transfer courses must be a “C” or above. Transfer students are subject to all Teacher Education Program requirements.

Transfer students should make an appointment with Kevin Brucker, Teacher Education Assessment Coordinator and Transfer Advisor, to plan the application process.

Meet the Director of Teacher Education

Mr. Kevin Brucker
Director of Teacher Education
309-467- 6327
Office Location: Burklund Education Center

  • Elementary Education (grades 1-6)
  • Middle Grades (grades 5-8): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences
  • Secondary Education (grades 9-12) English, Mathematics, Social Science with Designation in History
  • Special Education LBSI (K-21)
  • Vocal Music (grades K-12)
Nichole Daugherty

This summer, I served as an ELA Teaching Fellow for Breakthrough Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia for eight weeks during the summer of 2017. The 6-year program focuses on providing middle school and high school students from the metro Atlanta area with a study-skills based, academically intensive curriculum so that they might gather the foundational skills to rise out of the poverty they currently live in and attend college. Not only did BTA allow me the opportunity to teach ELA to my students, but it also provided me with the chance to build relationships with my students, demonstrate to them that there are people who truly care about the path they decide to take and encourage them to value and pursue their education.



Amanda Kemp, member of the Sandifer MentorshipAmanda Kemp

Through the Sandifer Mentorship, I was able to fulfill my dream of working as a Park Ranger. In the summer of 2017, I spent six weeks living in Sitka, Alaska. While there, I worked at Sitka National Historical Park designing curriculum plans for their Preschool Storytime program. In the first four weeks I designed seven curriculum plans, and for the last two weeks, I was able to work alongside the Interpretative Rangers at the Park. My summer wasn’t all work and no play! In my free time, I got to hike, bike ride, kayak, and spend many days on the ocean! My summer was full of professional and personal growth, as I got to experience life in the 49th state!








Elementary Education
Licensure in grades 1-6.
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Elementary Education / Special Education Double Major
Licensure in grades 1-6 with Special Education Endorsement, grades 1-6 OR Licensure in Special Education, grades K-21 with Elementary Education Endorsement, grades 1-6.
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Secondary Education
Licensure in grades 9-12 with a double major in English, Math, or Social Science.
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Middle Grades Education
Licensure in grades 5-8 with two endorsements in English, Math, Science, Social Science, or Special Education.
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Special Education LBSI Endorsement (for Practicing Teachers)
The Special Education LBSI Endorsement program is designed with the practicing teacher in mind.
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Music Education
Licensure in Vocal Music grades K-12.
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