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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, host families 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.

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

The next cohort of Educate U.S. students will travel to Houston, Texas in January 2018. Watch for dates and times of information sessions coming soon!  

Students wishing to apply for the Educate U.S. program should have an anticipated graduation date of May 2018 or be in the first professional semester of one the following COE programs:  

  • Early Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education

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


Ready to go? 

Next opportunity will be

January 2018
Houston Independent School District
Houston, Texas

See what past Educate U.S. students did in their classrooms!

Educate U.S. Open Session 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 4:30 PM Gabel 01D
Andrew Papke, HISD

Application for Educate U.S.
Due Monday, October 30, 2017
Bring to Graham Hall 327

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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