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Education Department

Greenville University was given the highest rating by the Illinois State Board of Education. Our students gain valuable classroom experience early in their major.

Greenville University has served the needs of new teachers since 1929. This legacy continues today as we prepare teacher candidates to meet the demands of teaching as we enter the 21st century. In keeping with the institutional mission, the program theme notes that Greenville University is “preparing teachers to serve in a culturally diverse world.” The theme both informs and guides the structure and delivery of program opportunities. It is manifested in our goal to help future teachers to reflect critically on the process of teaching, their relationships to students, and the role of education in a pluralistic society.

The program of teacher education includes a planned sequence of courses in professional preparation for teaching. The coursework includes field and clinical assignments within public or accredited private schools to provide candidates with a balance of theoretical and practical experiences. Students interested in Teacher Education should enroll in EDU 101: Introduction to Educational Practice no later than the Interterm of the freshman year.

Students wanting to major in education must be admitted to the teacher education program. An application should be submitted upon successful completion of EDU 101. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for admission, and all applicants must have a criminal background check returned with no incidences to be admitted into the education program. Students must also be admitted into the professional internship which includes student teaching. Application should be made during the fall semester of the junior year. Criteria for admission includes written recommendations from the major department and the Education Department, and a grade point average of 2.75 in each of the following: all college coursework, professional education coursework, and coursework in the major area of concentration. Download our GPA calculator here.

Candidates admitted to the professional internship (student teaching) must complete EDU 400 Early Experience and the appropriate clinical methods course prior to student teaching. Student teachers are placed with qualified cooperating teachers and follow the schedule of the designated school district for the duration of the experience. At least three weeks of full teaching responsibility are assigned for each student teacher. College consultants serve as liaisons for the College and supervisors of the experience.

The education program is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, which participates in an interstate certification agreement with 37 other states and the District of Columbia. Institutional memberships include the American and Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in Private Colleges, the American and Illinois Association for School, College and University Staffing, and the Association of Christian Schools International. The traditional undergraduate, UTEP and Master of Arts in Education programs are also accredited nationally by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Teacher candidates may complete requirements for any of the twelve certifiable areas offered by Greenville University. Requirements for all teaching majors are detailed in the Traditional Undergraduate Guide to Teacher Education, which is available in the Teacher Education Office. The following pages list requirements for early childhood education, elementary education, the professional studies component of secondary education majors, and special education. Secondary education specializations in specific areas such as biology or music are described within their respective departments.


Majors & Minors


Curriculum and Instruction, MA Online
Earn an online master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Greenville University in Illinois. The 100% online program covers educational and corporate curriculum and instruction.
Reading, MA
Our Reading Master’s program prepares qualified Reading Teachers, meets the state requirement for a Reading Specialist Certification, and allows the holder to teach Reading for k-12.
Special Education, MA Online
Earn an online Master’s degree in special education from Greenville University in Illinois in just 18 months. The 100% online Special Education Master of Arts program is 30 credit hours.
Teaching English as a Second Language, MA Online
Students will learn how to teach English to individuals for whom English is not their primary language. With a Master of ESL, students pave the way for exciting, cross-cultural careers.
Biology Education Major
Biology Education majors will be exposed to several areas of biology and science such as botany, chemistry, anatomy, and more. The comprehensive Biology Education major will prepare students to become effective, confident teachers.
Chemistry Education Major
Chemistry Education majors will be exposed to several areas of chemistry and science such as biology, physics, organic chemistry, and more. The comprehensive Chemistry Education major will prepare students to become effective, confident teachers.
Elementary Education Major
Our students are prepared to meet the needs of students in diverse and complex classroom settings. With qualifications to teach first to sixth grade, our teachers are equipped to invest in, inspire, and transform the lives of their students.
English Language Arts Education Major
With dedicated Education courses to become a prepared educator and English courses to help you deliver your curriculum, you will be ready for a career as a high school English teacher.
History Education Major
Help future generations to learn how the better the world by understanding the past. The combination of History and Education courses for this degree will ready you for a career as a high school History teacher.
Mathematics Education Major
Math Education majors will be exposed to several areas of mathematics such as calculus, algebra, statistics, and more. The comprehensive Math Education major will prepare students to become effective, confident teachers.
Music Education Major
Music Education majors will be exposed to several areas of Music and Education courses to develop their musical and teaching skills. The comprehensive Music Education major will prepare students to become effective, confident teachers.
Physical Education Major
Students can choose an emphasis in Physical Education or Recreation, depending on their career goals. In addition, students can pursue coaching options through this program.
Physics Education Major
Physics Education majors will be exposed to several areas of physics, mathematics, and experimental practices. The comprehensive Physics Education major will prepare students to become effective, confident teachers.
Spanish Education Major
Spanish Education majors will be exposed to several areas of Spanish culture, literature, civilization, and language in conjunction with education courses. The comprehensive Spanish Education major prepares students to become effective, confident teachers.
Special Education Major
Special Education majors will learn how to transform the lives of their students through specialized diagnostic and teaching methods. Furthermore, students will learn how to communicate these strategies to co-workers and parents.
Undergraduate Teacher Education Partnerships
Students begin this degree by first completing their associates and then transferring to credits to GU. Students then become licensed teachers in Illinois by completing their UTEP courses at a college near them under the guidance of GU staff and faculty.

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