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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 Mandaree, North Dakota. An open information session will be held Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 4 pm.


If you would like to apply to participate in the upcoming Educate U.S. experience you must have an anticipated graduation date of December 2018 or be in the first professional semester of one the following COE programs:

  • Early Childhood 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

May 2018
Mandaree, North Dakota

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

Educate U.S. open information session
Thursday March 1, 2018
4 p.m. Gabel O1D

Application for Educate U.S.
Due Friday, March 9, 2018
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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