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Even with a shortage of teachers across the country, the number of people wanting to become a teacher in Illinois is rising. However, Illinois schools are currently in desperate need of teachers who are over qualified. Teachers who are not just your average four year college graduates, but much more. Those are the types of leaders to help Illinois schools and students go to the next level.

Potential Teachers in Illinois:

There are many states across the nation laying off hundreds if not thousands of teachers. This obviously leads to a buildup of fear for the people who are looking to become a teacher in Illinois. Fortunately, even though many teachers are leaving for whatever reason, Illinois as a better average teacher salary than over 70% of the other states. This means that Illinois is at  stage where they must recruit the best and the brightest to join their force to help them grow. What skills or qualifications do you have that are greater than everyone else? A four degree is not enough to maintain a long lasting teaching career. As a future teacher, you should find yourself growing truly eager to take your skills to the next level. Earning a Master’s Degree or PhD is a surefire way to have a jump start in your career. An advanced degrees will give you the leverage you need to land your dream job in teaching and become an influential figure to both your students and fellow teachers. See the accredited universities below for more information.  

Existing Teachers and Administrators in Illinois:

As a veteran teacher, the information you learned as a college student, use to remain relevant and useful for around ten years or so. Ever since we had these exponential changes with the technology we see today, knowledge can be outdated within a few a years if not less. Before you get left behind,, it is time for you to sharpen up your skills as a teacher and increase your level of knowledge. Earning your Master’s Degree, PhD, or Administrative credentials will give you skills, techniques, and strategies to continuously move forward and become an influential figure amongst your students and your peers. Your social skills, leadership qualities, communication skills are just some of the many traits you will be able to master. This will obviously help your career accelerate forward allowing you experience opportunities you have only been able to dream of. Take a look at some of the accredited universities listed below.

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B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure)
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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)

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