Become a Teacher in Illinois

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From 2008 to 2009, when many industry sectors were losing jobs, education was one of just two industries to show job growth in Illinois. Not only that: job projections for the next ten years show even more cause for optimism.* All this suggests that it's a great time to become a teacher in Illinois.

Besides providing future generations with a strong educational foundation, Illinois teachers also enjoy the 8th highest teacher salaries in the nation. The National Education Association reports that average Illinois teacher salaries amount to $62,077 per year. Add to that benefits such as health and dental insurance, pension plans, and teachers' summers off, and a teaching career in Illinois sounds very tempting indeed.

Future Illinois Teachers
If you want to become a teacher in Illinois, all you have to do is see the statistics to know that education is a growth industry. The Illinois Department of Employment Security projects a 16 percent growth rate for teachers, with average annual job openings totaling 8,830.*

But to take advantage of those job openings, you'll need to apply for Illinois teacher certification. To become a certified teacher, you'll complete a state-approved teacher-preparation program and meet the other coursework and testing requirements for the state of Illinois. Teachers generally need at least a bachelor's degree to get a classroom of their own.**

Current Illinois Teachers and School Administrators
Illinois has a three-tiered certification system. After four years of teaching experience, educators with Illinois teacher certification at the Initial level can complete additional professional development and move up the ranks to apply for a Standard or Master teaching certificate.

Not only can additional teacher certification boost your salary, but the professional development you acquire through mentoring or additional college coursework will benefit you...and your students.** To learn about the requirements to become a school administrator, contact the Illinois State Board of Education.

Illinois Teachers in Demand
Thanks to the recently established federal Education Jobs Fund, Illinois will receive over $400 million for the 2010-2011 school year to help save or create jobs in early childhood, elementary and secondary education.*** Prospective and current teachers alike should keep an eye out for all those new job openings. But even if you don't have a degree in education, you can still become a teacher in Illinois as long as you hold a bachelor's degree and have begun an appropriate Alternative Certification Program.**

Teacher World is here to help you become a teacher in Illinois. Start today by researching the accredited teacher training programs below.

Sources:
* Illinois Department of Employment Security
** Illinois State Board of Education
***U.S. Department of Education

Find Campus Locations in Illinois and Online Schools Accepting Students from Illinois

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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S. in Early Childhood (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Math (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)

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Keiser University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Teaching & Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Career College Administration (Online)
  • Joint Master of Science in Education and Master of Business Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Allied Health Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - College Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Online Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)

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Northcentral University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Adult Learning and Workforce Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Athletic Coaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - General Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - International Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Special Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - General Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - International Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Special Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Curriculum and Teacher (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - International Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Special Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • PhD in Education - E-Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - English Second Language (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Special Education (Online)

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Capella University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Development (Online)
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • Master of Science in School Psychology (Online)
  • PhD in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • PsyD in School Psychology (Online)

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Pacific Oaks College

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (online)
  • Master of Arts in Human Development (Online)

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University of Southern California - Rossier School of Education

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - TESOL (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Teaching Credential (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching with Special Education Credential (Online)
  • Master of Education in Advanced Instruction (Online)
  • Master's of Education - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master's of Education with Special Education Credential (Online)

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University of Phoenix

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education
  • Continuing Education for Educators

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation (Online)
  • BSPY - Child Development (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Online)
  • MSE - Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Higher Ed (Online)
  • MSE - Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Organizations (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Online College Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Student Affairs (Online)

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Instructional Design & Technology (Online)

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Teaching & Learning

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Full Sail University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed in Career and Technical Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Adolescent Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Bible Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Career and Technical Education Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ECE (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ESOL (K-Adult) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - English Language Development (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Environmental Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Equity, Ethics, and Justice
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Methods & Curriculum (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Science (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Social Studies (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Teacher Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - eLearning/Technology Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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American University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Online)

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Abilene Christian University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education in Higher Education (Online)

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University of the Southwest

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MSEd - Curriculum and Instruction
  • MSEd - Early Childhood
  • MSEd - Education Administration
  • MSEd - Special Education
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Bilingual
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: TESOL

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Purdue University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology (Online)

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Lewis University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Higher Education - Student Services (Online)

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Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Campuses: Chicago, Grayslake

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in School Psychology
  • EdS in School Psychology

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*Teacher Salary Information For 2014—2015

Median Elementary School Teacher Salary: $53,090 Median Middle School Teacher Salary: $53,430 Median High School Teacher Salary: $55,050 Average Administrator Salary: $87,760 Median Elementary, Middle and High School Principals: $87,760
On average, teachers with masters degrees will earn $8,000 to $10,000 more each year than those with only a bachelors degree.

Consequently, in order to attain a position as an administrator, a masters, PhD or Ed D. is required.

On average, Administrators will earn around $30,000 more each year than their hard working, teacher cohorts!

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook