Thursday, October 20, 2011

Directory of Approved Education Programs in Illinois

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One of the ways that teachers can renew their certification - and advance on the salary scale - is to take graduate classes and seek an advanced degree or a new area of endorsement. A number of online opportunities exist that might offer teachers more convenient ways to complete this coursework that the traditional method of sitting in a college classroom after school, on weekends, or during the summer months. Teachers should be careful, though. While online opportunities exist for course completion, not all of these are properly accredited or recognized by the State of Illinois as providing appropriate coursework to help students in Illinois classrooms. (Please note: I'm not making judgements, and I'm not naming any colleges or universities, online or otherwise.)

If you are planning to go back to school, please take your time and research your options. Before you commit to a program of study, make sure it is appropriately listed on the Illinois State Board of Education's Directory of Approved Programs for the Preparation of Educational Personnel.

In our District, teachers should also contact the Curriculum and Instruction Department (309-343-1151) for more information and appropriate paperwork.

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