University of Illinois College of Education
College of Education
DeanJames D. Anderson[1]
Academic staff

The School of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was founded in 1905. It was later renamed the College of Education in 1918. The college offers undergraduate, graduate, and online programs in areas including elementary education, early childhood education, special education, and Educational Organization and Leadership. It began with six departments; three of them merged and formed the largest department in the college. All departments offer masters and doctoral degrees. However, only two departments offer undergraduate degree programs: Special Education and Curriculum & Instruction. The college also offers 16 online programs. Students seeking an undergraduate degree in the college must meet the minimum graduation requirement set forth by the university. To obtain a certification, students must also meet the requirements of the Council on Teacher Education, a professional educational administration at the University of Illinois.[2] The total enrollment is 1,361 students as of 2015.[3]


The main building of the College of Education is the Education building, which is located on the south quadrangle of the campus, near the Krannert Art Museum. The Education Building was built in 1964 and designed by the university architectural professor A. Richard Williams.[4]

The college planned to expand their building to accommodate for the number of growing students. A building model was made representing what would be the new college building. However, the date for this expansion has yet to be confirmed by the college.[4]


The College of Education began with six departments.

The departments of Education Policy Studies, Human Resource Education, and Educational Organization and Leadership merged and became what is known as now the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership.[5]

Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction prepares students on the issues of teaching, learning, and child development. This department is ranked #5 in the nation, according to US News and World Report.[6]

Special education

The Department of Special Education focuses on the education of students with intellectual and learning disabilities from birth to age 21.

Educational Psychology

The Department of Educational Psychology offers graduate program in the study of how students learn in different educational environments.

Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

The Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership offers study mainly on the rules and regulations that governs the proceeding of a learning environment. There are also nine online programs available for on-campus or international students. The department is one of the largest in the college, with over 380 graduate students on campus and 1,800 students enrolled in the on-line programs.[7]

Academic programs

Undergraduate programs

The college offers five undergraduate majors in Learning and Behavior Specialist, Learning and Education Studies, Middle Grades Education, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education.

Graduate programs

All six of the college departments offer master's and doctoral degrees to graduate students. Funding for graduate students is limited.

Online programs

The college offers twelve online programs. Students can obtain online master's degree in programs including:

Office of International Programs

Greater China Initiative

The Greater China Initiative was established in the 2012-2013 academic year to enable a staff member of the college to based in Shanghai, China to "advance both the global influence and the international impact of the College of Education by promoting faculty expertise, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, non-degree certificate programs, contract projects, and alumni events [in the region]."[8] The initiative is partially supported by the Yew Chung Education Foundation which has allowed a Teach in China study abroad cohort composed of undergraduate and graduate students to teach for three to six weeks at Yew Wah School of Shanghai which is located in the Changning District of Shanghai.



Freshmen who applied to the college are all admitted to the Pre-Early Childhood, Pre-Elementary Education, Pre-Special Education curriculum. Elementary education and early childhood education (academic programs in the Department of curriculum and instruction) requires Junior standing with at least 60 hours of coursework. The special education program requires student to have at least 30 hours by the end of freshmen year.[2]


Undergraduate students must satisfy the University graduation requirement as well as the requirement set forth by the Council on Teacher Education. Student teaching is also required and must be completed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Depending on the curriculum chosen, students must complete a minimum of 125 to 129 credit hours to graduate.[9] Upon completion of these requirements, students will receive certification to teach. Each certification varies depending on the programs of study.


The college has a wide range of research topics from Early Childhood Development to Management & Leadership. It also has the following nationwide research centers and outreach units:


The College of Education hosts the annual Van Miller Distinguished Scholar Practitioner Award in Springfield. This award is given to those who have presented excellence in the field of education in the states of Illinois. The selection of the recipients is made by college administration alumni and professors.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Wurth, Julie (August 10, 2016). "James Anderson named UI's interim education dean". The News-Gazette (Champaign–Urbana). Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "College of Education". Course Information Suite. 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "Education at Illinois 2015 Impact". Division of Management Information. 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "UIUC College of Education Promotional Model Build". WORKUS Studio LLC. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  5. ^ "Ed.M. in Educational Organization & Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy". U of I Online. 2011. p. 1. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
  6. ^ "Curriculum and instruction Best Education Schools". US News-Education Grad Schools. 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
  7. ^ Anderson, James D. "about EPOL". Education Policy, Organization & Leadership. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  8. ^ "Greater China Initiative". University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  9. ^ "Policies and Procedures". University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  10. ^ Zimmerman, Vic. "Van Miller Distinguished Scholar Practitioner Award Nominations Now Being Accepted". Association of School Administrators. Retrieved May 2, 2011.

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