Educate Local


Educate Local provides teacher licensure candidates the opportunity to gain experience and develop their perspective of education through volunteering, observing and participating in various campus, community and educational settings.

As Educate Local participants, teacher candidates begin to build their professional portfolio during their freshman year and continue through graduation. These opportunities provide candidates with the added value of experience and a depth of understanding that will support and enrich their teacher preparation.

The College of Education, in collaboration with our community partners and the Center for P-20 Engagement, have established a variety of professional development opportunities and experiences. Educate Local events occur at various times throughout the year, with time commitments ranging from a few hours to a full day.

Educate Local programs are for students in:

  • Early Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Teaching and Learning
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education

For more information contact Jennifer Johnson at 815-753-4265 or or Portia Downey at 815-753-5072 or

Contact Us

Dean's Office
General Information
Phone 815-753-1949
Graham Hall 321

Student Services
Phone 815-753-8352
Gabel Hall 138

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