• Top teacher
    January 5, 2015
    Hume ’13 named New Teacher of the Year by Texas school district
  • Equipped for multicultural classrooms
    December 12, 2014
    Education programs first in state to embed ESL endorsement
  • Bradley hosts state English educators conference
    December 10, 2014
    IATE conference talks best classroom practices, research, education initiatives
  • Unexpected Adventure
    September 30, 2014
    Student’s Israel internship coincides with summer conflict
  • Fantastic Fulbright
    June 4, 2014
    Dr. Arquette´s teaching experiences in Chile through the Fulbright Scholars Program
  • NCATE Visit and Third Party Testimony
    June 4, 2014
    The College of Education and Health Sciences at Bradley University – referred to as the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) – is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in November 2014.
  • Year-end awards announced
    June 3, 2014
    Bradley’s College of Education and Health Sciences celebrated the year’s academic successes at the annual academic achievement ceremony in April.
  • Beacon of Hope
    May 13, 2014
    Chicago native returns home to teach in public schools
  • Golden Apple Scholars celebrate semester's end
    May 5, 2014
    Bradley's Golden Apple Scholars met for dinner at Avanti's to celebrate the end of the semester.
  • Preservice teachers participate in Literacy Fiesta
    April 30, 2014
    Bradley students joined students and teachers at St. Mark School in Peoria for a Literacy Fiesta on April 23 coordinated by Dr. Noreen Dillon and Pat Nedza.
  • Spring PDS celebration brings educators, students together
    April 25, 2014
    The annual Bradley Professional Development Schools Spring Celebration brought more than 120 teachers, administrators, professors and pre-professionals together for an afternoon of sharing classroom innovations and experiences.
  • Westlake glows blue for autism awareness
    April 16, 2014
    Bradley’s Westlake Hall glowed blue April 2 to celebrate Word Autism Day as part of the worldwide “Light It Up Blue” campaign to kick off National Autism Awareness Month.
  • Sociologist James Loewen questions American historical narratives
    March 24, 2014
    Sociologist Dr. James Loewen suggested an innovative classroom approach could excite students about learning from history.
  • ICSS conference to feature noted sociologist, Decatur native James Loewen
    March 13, 2014
    The Illinois Council for the Social Studies will welcome noted sociologist and race relations expert Dr. James Loewen to Bradley for its spring conference.
  • Darby named Co-op/Intern of the Year
    January 31, 2014
    Kayla Darby '14, a teacher education major, received the 2013 Outstanding Co-op/Intern of the Year award for the College of Education and Health Sciences.
  • Horton Receives MLK Drum Major Award
    January 22, 2014
    Elementary education major Ashley Horton '14 received the annual MLK Drum Major Award for her student leadership.
  • Highlighting A Special Graduate Student: Anastasia Czernetskaya
    December 14, 2013
    The Teacher Education Department had the privilege to provide a graduate education to Ms. Anastasia Czernetskaya from Barnaul, Russia. Czernetskaya received her MS degree in Curriculum and Instruction in December 2013, while working as a graduate assistant. She received a scholarship from the Peoria Area Friends of International Students. She is staying in the U.S. for one more year to complete an Optional Practical Training related to her major and is in the process of securing an internship.
  • Professional Resources Available for Digital P-12 Classroom
    December 11, 2013
    When it comes to integrating digital technology into the classroom, numerous online resources are available for educators. Among them is eSchool News, which is free and offers relevant information on critical thinking, creativity, digital literacy, and collaboration. K-12 Mobile Classroom is another excellent online resource with information regarding Common Core and school initiatives with mobile devices. Several helpful books discuss the digital classroom: Learning in the Cloud: How and Why to Transform Schools with Digital Media, Flip this Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Classroom Every Day, and Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding. In addition, ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) is a professional organization that provides information and workshops to classroom teachers and teacher educators.
  • Project S.M.I.L.E.
    December 5, 2013
    Preservice teachers in Dr. Deitra Kuester’s course, ETE 445 Educational Collaboration Efforts, participated in a special initiative called Project S.M.I.L.E. (Students Making an Impact and Learning Education). Preservice teachers have the opportunity to apply what they are learning in class to a real world project that impacts the community. This year’s focus was on providing sensory manipulatives and/or equipment for the newly formed Academy for Autism at Peoria’s Children’s Home.
  • Bradley alumna named curator for NSTA
    November 21, 2013
    Nicole Vick, ’13, graduated from Bradley University with a Professional Master of Arts in Environmental Science Education. She has now been selected as curator for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to roll out new national core standards for science as part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • Bradley Pre-service Teachers Co-present at National Conference
    November 18, 2013
    On Friday, November 8, Bradley pre-service teachers Megan Hickey and Alyssa McClenthen co-presented a speed learning session at the 2013 Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) Annual Conference in Minneapolis.
  • BU Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff Affected by Central Illinois Tornadoes
    November 17, 2013
    On November 17, 2013, residents of central Illinois were seriously impacted by tornadoes, particularly in Washington, East Peoria and Pekin. This disaster affected many in the Bradley University community. Bradley students, faculty, and staff participated in initiatives to provide goods as well as money for the affected residents. In addition, the Bradley University Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter hosted a fundraiser for the tornado victims, and over $9,000 was raised.
  • Literacy Fiesta is success
    November 15, 2013
    A Literacy Fiesta in November allowed Bradley preservice teachers to work with students from St. Mark School. Preservice teachers in Dr. Helja Antola Crowe’s ELL course and Dr. Sherrie Pardieck’s children’s literature class created activities for learning stations and picture books. Among the activities was participating in a Spanish musical number.
  • At the 2013 Illinois Association of Teacher Educators (IATE) Annual Conference
    November 12, 2013
    Several Bradley University professors and preservice teachers attended the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators (IATE) Annual Conference. Many of these individuals also presented at the conference, which centered on the theme of preparing and supporting educators for our diverse communities.
  • Teacher Education Faculty Support BU International Students and Area Literacy Endeavors
    November 5, 2013
    Many from Bradley University have a professional connection with PAFIS organization, which stands for Peoria Area Friends of International Students. This organization supports international college students in the Peoria area. Two Teacher Education faculty members, Drs. Helja Antola-Crowe and Patricia Chrosniak, are PAFIS committee members and work to make PAFIS events and life in Peoria more beneficial for these students.
  • Three Honored on Founder’s Day
    October 18, 2013
    In the fall semester, three individuals from the Teacher Education Department were recognized during the Founder’s Day celebration. Mr. Chester “Chet” Walker ’62 was named to the Centurion Society. Dr. David McMullen was recognized for his service to the university, and Dr. Kevin Finson was named the Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award recipient.
  • Bradley students break language barrier
    September 11, 2013
    Bradley preservice teachers in the ETE 235 course, Methods of Teaching English Language Learners, worked with ELL students at Glen Oak School. They were able to participate in educational activities while developing an understanding of English language learners. Activities included making pumpkin story books, participating in Halloween activities, games, singing, dancing, and drawing.
  • Dr. Cantù participates in teacher study tour of Turkey
    June 11, 2013
    Dr. Dean Cantù, professor and chair of Teacher Education, traveled with a group of 54 American educators to Turkey on the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s (TCF) Teacher Study Tour. After arriving in Istanbul, four Turkish teachers and representatives from the TCF joined the group. Throughout the two-week study tour, Dr. Cantù and his fellow educators visited and learned about cultural, archaeological, architectural, educational, and historical sites of Turkey, and met with experts, educators and representatives of Turkish civil society.
  • In Memory
    May 16, 2013
    The Bradley University community mourned the passing of Maureen Oleskiewicz ’06 on May 6, 2013. She was an English/language arts teacher at Independence Junior High School in Palos Heights, Illinois – her alma mater. She also taught religious education classes at Incarnation Catholic Church. Maureen died tragically as she and her brother, Martin, watched the Chicago Cubs warm-up at Wrigley Field. The Department of Teacher Education also suffered a loss this fall with the passing of sophomore elementary education major Julia Janes of Oak Forest, Illinois. Julia was a bright and talented young woman who valiantly fought cancer and served as an inspiration to countless others. As a Bradley freshman, she founded the first collegiate branch of CureSearch, an organization that funds children’s cancer research and provides resources to families battling the disease.
  • Congratulations to Honored Faculty and Students 2013
    May 10, 2013
    At the Spring 2013 EHS Honors Convocation, students and faculty were recognized for their achievements. In addition to graduating seniors and graduate students, Dr. Sherrie Pardieck received the Service Award and Dr. Jana Hunzicker received the Teaching Award. The Summa Cum Laude Dinner was also held last spring, and several ETE Faculty members were invited by their students, including: Drs. Cecile Arquette, Patricia Nugent, Deitra Kuester, Jana Hunzicker, and Twila Lukowiak.
  • College hosts Academic Achievement Ceremony
    April 30, 2013
    The College of Education and Health Sciences honored its students and faculty at annual awards ceremony.
  • Student, alumna named Fulbright Scholars
    April 25, 2013
    Anna Treesara, a senior in education, will teach English in Thailand with the prestigious exchange program.
  • Receiving Fulbright and Golden Apple Awards
    March 13, 2013
    Two Teacher Education alumni received Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships. Anna Treesara ’13 has an English Teaching Assistantship as a secondary English teacher in Thailand, and Julie Mohedano ’13 has an English Teaching Assistantship as a French and Spanish teacher in Brazil. Dr. Cecile Arquette began her Fulbright this month at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile. In addition to the ETE Fulbright Awards, many Bradley students also received Golden Apple Scholarships, including: Dawnesha Freeman, Julia Bruvnseels, Michelle Issen, Nicole Carey, Molly Moriarity, Brianne Machak, Nichelle Hibbler, and Raven Williams.
  • Professor Named Fulbright Scholar
    March 4, 2013
    Dr. Cecile Arquette will teach during the spring 2014 semester in Chile on the prestigious international Fulbright exchange.
  • Conference teaches educators new skills for the classroom
    November 26, 2012
    Bradley University and its Peoria professional development schools attend the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators Fall Conference.
  • Students host interactive festival for local families and nonprofit
    November 6, 2012
    Benefitting the Peoria Regional Chapter of the Autism Society of America, a student-run festival offered families an opportunity to interact, learn about STEM education and engage in real-world collaboration.
  • Students become English teachers to area children
    October 31, 2012
    Students with Dr. Helja Antola Crowe gain teaching experience while helping children at Peoria’s Harrison Community Learning Center learn English.
  • Westlake Hall dedicated
    October 12, 2012
    The University formally dedicates the newly renovated and redesigned Westlake Hall, home to the College of Education and Health Sciences.
  • Teach education alumna celebrates 101st birthday on campus
    October 11, 2012
    The Peoria Journal Star writes about former teacher Corabelle Chuse '35 and her milestone birthday celebrated on the Hilltop.
  • 'Ability Exhibit' promotes awareness for people with disability
    September 10, 2012
    The traveling exhibit features different exercises and information to promote the inclusion of those with disabilities.
  • EHS moves into newly-renovated Westlake Hall
    June 1, 2012
    New facility offers “smart” classrooms and areas for hands-on learning
  • The Korean Connection
    February 14, 2012
    In November 2011, Dr. Heljä Antola-Crowe was invited to lecture on the topic of “Gifted children in the classroom: supporting learning through professional growth” in Daegu at Keimyung University.
  • Best Buddies of Bradley University
    February 9, 2012
    Best Buddies of Bradley University is an organization where college students develop friendships with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the Peoria/Pekin area.
  • For your professional development and personal growth
    February 3, 2012
    Websites and books to enrich your teaching
  • Spotlight on a curriculum and instruction graduate
    February 2, 2012
    Debbie Riggert-Kieffer ’04 MS ’10 is a language arts teacher at Washington Middle School.
  • The Korean Connection
    February 2, 2012
    In November 2011, Dr. Heljä Antola-Crowe was invited to lecture on the topic of “Gifted children in the classroom: supporting learning through professional growth” in Daegu at Keimyung University.
  • Curriculum and instruction graduate program
    February 2, 2012
    This year saw much modification of the C & I program.
  • Whittier Primary School Literacy
    February 2, 2012
    Students in Methods of Teaching Reading, K-8 have had an opportunity to enhance the early literacy skills of young children through their participation at Peoria Whittier Primary School.
  • Halfway around the world, teachers connect and learn
    February 1, 2012
    Early Childhood teachers from South Korea visit Bradley during tour of American schools.
  • December 2011 graduation recognition
    December 2, 2011
    Nichole Harris ’11 was selected to give the student address at the Summa Banquet on December 7, 2011.
  • IATE conference held at Bradley
    November 18, 2011
    Student researchers and a state senator present at teacher education conference.
  • Senior Kathleen Clemens named Lincoln Academy Student Laureate
    November 17, 2011
    Honor recognizes outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement.
  • Poetry on perspectives at Kemper luncheon
    November 4, 2011
    Kemper Academy meeting emphasizes a variety of viewpoints.
  • Sponsorship of the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators annual conference
    November 4, 2011
    On November 4, 2011, the teacher education department hosted, for the first time, the annual conference of the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators (IATE).
  • Illinois Association of Teacher Educators preservice teacher involvement
    November 2, 2011
    The annual conference of the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators encourages participation by preservice teachers from colleges and universities in the state.
  • PJ Star: Peoria's Quest Charter Academy shows academic gains, plans to expand
    October 27, 2011
    Alumnus and current student featured in local news article.
  • Bradley gargoyles inspire high school art students
    October 26, 2011
    Students at Limestone High School bring their own gargoyles to life.
  • Textbook and resources adoption project
    October 2, 2011
    A major component of the course ETE 360 Teaching Reading in the Content Fields is the study of resources and textbooks for secondary education courses.
  • Alumnus named president of Harris-Stowe State University
    September 16, 2011
    Dr. Albert Walker will join Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri, after serving more than nine years as president of Bluefield State College in West Virginia.
  • Spotlight on a first-year teacher
    September 2, 2011
    Caleb Waddell ’11 accepted a teaching position at Peoria Manual Academy.
  • Teaching a community the value of service
    August 30, 2011
    Alumna Libby Birky is running a successful pay-what-you-can restaurant in Colorado.
  • The launch of the new academic year
    August 17, 2011
    On August 17, 2011, the faculty of the teacher education Department participated in their annual retreat
  • Golden Apple Scholars
    August 2, 2011
    Bradley University awards students who are committed to serving children and youth in areas of high need as Golden Apple Scholars.
  • Staff highlights
    August 2, 2011
    New additions to the staff.
  • Bradley promotes parent engagement with Mobile Resource Center
    July 21, 2011
    Collaborative effort with District 150 and the City of Peoria will help parents to get more involved with their children's educational experience.
  • Dr. Carol Coram ’72 takes post at international school
    June 14, 2011
    Denny International Middle School focuses on world language, cultural studies, and teaching across the curriculum.
  • Apple/Mac Unit Plan Awards
    May 2, 2011
    Teacher education majors were invited to compete in spring 2011 for a Mac Pro laptop by writing a unit plan.
  • Faculty involvement and recognition
    May 2, 2011
    2011 College of Education and Health Sciences Academic Achievement Ceremony
  • International professor teaches international professionalism
    April 29, 2011
    Dr. Heljä Antola Crowe teaches students in the EHS Global Scholar programs how to work with others across cultural boundaries.
  • Alumna puts a global focus in her classroom
    April 26, 2011
    Angela Lathem will participate in the China Institute's Summer Study Tour.
  • Bradley Alum and Hollis Grade School Teacher Involved in Clean Water Celebration
    April 11, 2011
    Bradley Alum, Karen Zuckerman, was featured in the Educator Spotlight in the Peoria Journal Star, which highlighted her involvement in the Clean Water Celebration.
  • Dr. David McMullen and Dr. Sherrie Pardieck work with Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources
    March 29, 2011
    Teaching with Primary Sources
  • Dr. David McMullen and Dr. Sherrie Pardieck work with Teaching with Primary Sources
    March 29, 2011
    Teaching with Primary Sources
  • Dr. Kevin Finson publishes special needs-teaching textbook
    March 8, 2011
    Book aims to help teachers adapt science instruction to young students with special needs.
  • Bradley to offer comprehensive childhood education program
    March 7, 2011
    Beginning in fall 2011, Teacher Education will combine two of its nationally recognized programs.
  • Bradley students wish Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday!
    March 4, 2011
    Bradley student teachers Christina Thurman and Elizabeth Meade help students at Peoria Heights Grade School celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. Ms. Thurman planned the entire event.
  • Illinois Reading Council Annual Conference
    March 2, 2011
    Four preservice teachers of elementary and special education took their new expertise in reading instruction to their first professional conference.
  • Bradley alum runs SAME Cafe---great story!
    February 28, 2011
    So All May Eat
  • Peoria Grow Your Own
    February 21, 2011
    Dr. Heljä Antola Crowe, coordinator of the Peoria Grow Your Own (PGYO) teachers initiative shared a presentation with three of the PGYO prospective teachers at the annual meeting of the Illinois Association of Teacher Education (IATE) in September.
  • Department Update from the Chair
    February 21, 2011
    Greetings from the Department of Teacher Education and welcome to the second annual issue of the Department of Teacher Education eNewsletter.
  • Math Education Students Participate in Two Prestigious Conferences
    February 21, 2011
    As has been customary, Dr. Jean Marie Grant enabled her math education majors to join the teaching community as participants and volunteers at key annual conferences of major mathematics organizations.
  • Faculty Involvement
    February 21, 2011
    This year has been particularly fruitful for Teacher Education faculty.
  • For Your Professional Reading
    February 21, 2011
    “If you have never had the experience of having to try to live and work in a place that doesn’t speak your home language, read The Arrival by Shaun Tan."
  • In Memoriam
    February 21, 2011
    In memory of John Bradley Jr. and Dr. Robert P. Thomson.
  • In the BU Teacher Education Spotlight
    February 21, 2011
    Among all the stars in the Teacher Education professional community, there is one star that shines and twinkles with a special purpose for students, Mrs. Susie Stear, BS '86, MA '07.
  • Summa Cum Laude Dinner
    February 21, 2011
    Summa Cum Laude Banquet Honors Three Graduating Teacher Education Majors
  • Bradley alumna one of Peoria’s “40 Leaders Under Forty”
    November 22, 2010
    Bradley alumna and special education teacher Mandy Ellis was recently named one of “Central Illinois’ 40 Leaders Under Forty” by InterBusiness Issues magazine.
  • Bradley Alumnus wins Teacher of the Year Award
    November 16, 2010
    Bradley alumnus and Spoon River College math teacher Jim Sheff received the Illinois Community College Faculty Association’s 2010 Instructor of the Year award.
  • Alumna applies special education degree in unique career
    November 3, 2010
    Bradley alumna Ali Ashworth Stewart loves working with children and working in a hospital, but she decided not to become a doctor or a teacher.
  • Bradley Alum Shares his Real Life Teaching Adventures
    October 22, 2010
    Marcus Belin uses creative teaching strategies to change his students' minds about social studies.
  • Department update from the chair
    May 4, 2010
    Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Department of Teacher Education eNewsletter. Indeed, the year 2010 marks our entry into the digital and environmentally-friendly world of newsletter publishing.
  • Delta Sigma Theta presents step show
    March 4, 2010
    Bradley’s Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presented a step show about staying in school and being drug free for the students at Peoria’s Trewyn Middle School, where chapter president Monique Jordan is conducting her novice teaching.
  • Students present at statewide conference
    March 4, 2010
    Seniors Leila Shamsuddin, Katlyn Mueller, and Cassie Belter worked with Dr. Cecile Arquette in November 2009 to develop and present “Hands-on Language Arts Activities” at the Illinois Education Association Student Conference in Bloomington.
  • Van Hoorn’s Kenyan visit a humbling experience
    March 4, 2010
    Although Dr. Debora Van Hoorn visited and lectured at several schools and colleges during a three-week June 2009 trip to Kenya, one K-8 school outside of Mombasa provided her the most “impacting educational experience.”
  • Department adds three new members
    March 4, 2010
    Dr. Jana Hunzicker, Dr. Twila Lukowiak , and Susie Stear are the newest members to join the Department of Teacher Education.
  • Westlake family welcomes new addition
    March 4, 2010
    A new addition has joined the Westlake family! Mhairi Doty, secretary for the College of Education and Health Sciences and Department of Teacher Education and student in secondary education-mathematics, and her husband, Ryan Doty, of Washington welcomed their son, Eian Mac Doty, on July 10, 2009.
  • Classnotes
    March 4, 2010
    Keeping up with fellow alumni in the Department of Teacher Education is easy through the Classnotes section.
  • Faculty publications
    March 4, 2010
    Department of Teacher Education faculty have been busy producing work for a variety of publications.
  • Time for a new Westlake Hall
    March 4, 2010
    hile the rain fell outside, Bradley trustees, faculty, students, alumni, friends, and local legislators stayed dry inside the Markin Family Student Recreation Center for the groundbreaking ceremony for Westlake Hall’s $22 million expansion and renovation on October 22.
  • Cohen receives Outstanding Young Graduate award
    March 4, 2010
    This year’s Founder’s Day celebration was a special one for the Department of Teacher Education because one of its past graduates, Brad Cohen, was recognized as the Outstanding Young Graduate for 2009.
  • Westlake Hall a lasting treasure
    March 4, 2010
    Buildings like Westlake Hall are lasting treasures. They remain from the early days and link us to another era.

ATTENTION Teacher Education Alumni,

 In the past, the Smith Career Center provided Credential Files services for Teacher Education alumni.  The Credential Files typically included:  signed release form, resume, 3-5 letters of recommendation, student teaching evaluation, and copy of teaching certificate.  Currently, school districts accept self-credentialing during the application process, and the need for the Credential Files has become outdated. 

The Smith Career Center will no longer provide Credential Files service.  If you have an active Credential file with the Smith Career Center and would like a copy of the file, please contact us at 309-677-2510 or

Please be aware that all files will be eliminated after July 29, 2011.

 If you are currently seeking employment, the resources of the Smith Career Center remain available to you at no cost.  We can discuss your individual job search needs and will direct you to appropriate resources.  To request an office or phone appointment, contact us in person, by phone at 309-677-2510, or electronic mail (  As another resource, consider using eRecruiting Alumni, specifically designed for alumni and the experienced professional. Features include access to job listings appropriate for professionals with 2+ years of experience.

 Best wishes,

The Smith Career Center Staff