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Bradley’s Department of Teacher Education offers multiple programs approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The purpose of these programs is to prepare candidates to become educators who work with children from grade nine through grade twelve. Successful completion of the program leads to the State of Illinois Professional Educator’s License (PEL) with an endorsement in Secondary. The Secondary Education major involves a major in an approved program of study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These programs include:
- English/Language Arts
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- History/Social Studies
- National Council of Teachers of English
- National Council for Teachers of Math
- National Science Teachers Association
- National Council for the Social Studies
State and National Accreditation:
- Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) / Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Secondary education students may begin observing in local classrooms during the first semester of their freshman year and continue working with students in the school setting throughout their senior year. This opportunity allows students to gain a better understanding of the teaching process and prepares them for student teaching during their final semester.
Bradley’s teacher education faculty aligns the curriculum with the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and with NCATE/CAEP standards to ensure that Bradley University coursework, projects, assignments, and experiences prepare students to obtain certification and licensure nationwide. Bradley’s faculty cultivate special relationships with eight professional development schools where the students gain insight through field experiences, novice teaching and student teaching.
Opportunities at Bradley
Outside the classroom, Bradley teacher education majors enjoy many co-curricular and cooperative learning experiences, including College Live Text software.
Students may become involved in campus chapters of professional organizations that relate to various programs in teacher education, including:
- National Education Association (NEA)
- Golden Apple
Students may also be involved in the Best Buddies Program or tutor children through America Reads. Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta are two education honor societies that have chapters on the
Recent graduates have earned a 100 percent pass rate on the Illinois licensure tests. Bradley teacher education graduates enjoy a high job placement rate and find rewarding careers upon graduation. Graduate school opportunities at Bradley University consist of master’s degree programs in Leadership in Educational Administration, Human Development Counseling and Curriculum and Instruction- with focus areas in Special Education, Reading, and Multidisciplinary.