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Undergraduate Teacher Education Partnership Overview

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What is UTEP?

The Undergraduate Teacher Education Partnership (UTEP) program is a unique opportunity for students who want to become licensed to teach in Illinois by completing their bachelor’s degree from Greenville College in elementary education.

Students begin the process while working on their associate’s degree and then continue by transferring to Greenville College. Greenville College brings the courses to local college and community college campuses. Greenville College faculty will then guide them through the steps to complete their coursework, required field experiences and student teaching.

Where is UTEP offered?

Currently UTEP is offered at Kaskaskia College (Centralia, IL), Lewis and Clark Community College (Godfrey, IL), Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, IL), and Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville, IL).  In the future more sites may become available.

How long is the program?

Elementary education typically takes two years including student teaching.

When do classes meet?

Classes alternate meeting in person Monday through Thursday in the evenings and meeting online. The evening format is designed to be convenient for our students.

When can I start?

Students can begin the program in either the fall semester or the spring semester. Classes do not begin over the summer.

What is the elementary license?

An elementary education license allows you to teach grades Kindergarten through 9th grade. Most elementary education teachers won’t find a middle school with 9th grade so typically the highest grade level taught is 8th grade.

Who do I contact for more information or to schedule an appointment?

Please call the Admissions Coordinator for Education Programs at 618-664-6757.