Educate U.S.


Educate U.S. provides teacher licensure candidates the opportunity to cultivate their views and broaden their perspective of education through an intensive weeklong classroom experience in partner school districts across the country.

As Educate U.S. participants, candidates work side-by-side with mentor teachers observing in classrooms, preparing lessons, and engaging in co-teaching strategies.  Beyond the classroom, candidates participate with students and community members in a variety of extracurricular and community events, further enriching their experience. Participants of the Educate U.S. experience are eligible to Engage PLUS transcript notation.

Application Process

The College of Education is now accepting applications for the next Educate U.S. experience in Houston, Texas. This is a unique opportunity for teacher candidates to experience a diverse community and classroom culture.

January Experience

January 6-11, 2019
Houston Independent School District
Houston, Texas 

Eligible students must be admitted to one of the following COE Programs of Study and have an anticipated student teaching date of Spring 2020.

  • Early Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle-Level Teaching
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education

All finalists will be required to attend an interview with the selection committee. If selected to participate, students are required to attend two planning sessions prior to the trip as well as provide reflective feedback.

Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.

Application Form


The College of Education pays for all travel expenses. Housing accommodations are provided by our partner districts, allowing Educate U.S. participants the opportunity to experience community, culture, and authentic home-school connections.

For more information and to apply 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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