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.


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.


Eligible participants should have an anticipated graduation date at least two semesters after their selected experience 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

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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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