The SIUC Early Childhood (Preschool/Primary Specialization), Elementary Education, and Social Science Education programs provide the path for students to earn the State of Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), which qualifies graduates to teach children in state-approved public school settings. Students working toward the Professional Educator License must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Contact the Teacher Education Program Office at 618-453-2354 for more information.
Student Teaching Internships
The College of Education and Human Services offers a year-long teaching internship for teacher candidates at SIU. In this program, teacher candidates have an opportunity to spend the entire school year in a public school classroom acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to become an excellent classroom teacher.
Teacher candidates spend a minimum of two full days in a classroom during the Fall semester. During this time, the intern carries out planned lessons and works with individual students, as well as small and large groups of students under the guidance of a trained mentor teacher. One of the highlights of the internship is that the intern follows the public school calendar rather than the SIU calendar. This results in not only significant more time in the classroom but also significant more teaching experience than the traditional student teaching experience.
"This increased experience typically results in our interns being the first candidates sought by school districts for their teaching openings."
Teacher candidates interested in the year-long internship should contact the Office of Teacher Education.