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National Teacher of the Year

  • 1968 -- David E. Graf -- Vocational Education and Industrial Arts, Sandwich Community High School, Sandwich, Illinois
  • 1954 -- Willard C. Widerberg -- Seventh Grade, DeKalb Junior High School, DeKalb, Illinois

To be the best Illinois teacher, you must model excellence. Accelerate your teaching career by earning your Masters Degree, PhD, or Administrative Credentials.

Good News for Illinois Teachers

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Illinois Teacher’s Salary Statistics and Benefits

  • Illinois teachers have a starting salary of $36,636
  • Illinois teachers have an average salary of $64,509
  • The 10 year growth in salary is 34.8%
  • Illinois Teachers get about 15 weeks of vacation every year
  • It takes an Illinois Teacher 4 year to be eligible for their tenure

Illinois Department of Education

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  • Phone Number: (866) 262-6663

Being an Illinois Teacher is without a doubt a self-rewarding career on its own. Are you interested in learning the steps to become a teacher in Illinois, or would you rather learn about improving your teaching career with an advanced degree?

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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies
  • Get your master’s degree in just 14 months!
  • Earn your Ed.D. fully online in less than four years
  • Achieve an advanced degree on your schedule, from the comfort of your home
  • Use research-based best practices to have a more powerful impact on education
  • Further your education through affordable financial aid and competitive tuition
  • Scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid may also be available to help students with their tuition.
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Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
  • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
  • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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Ed.S. Education Degree Specialist in Director of Special Education
  • Students can choose from more than 150 degree programs in a variety of subject areas, including business, education, engineering, nursing, and more.
  • The average class size is 29 students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1.
  • Ranked #59 among the 2017 Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Founded in 1909, the university offers campus-based and online programs backed by over 100 years of education experience.
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Doctor of Management – Higher Education Teaching and Learning
  • Its Fast Track program enables qualified students to save up to 30% on tuition and graduate up to 30% faster.
  • Its online MBA program was named by the International Graduate Forum as a top 10 Online MBA Program in 2012.
  • Listed as a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine in 2014.
  • Lets students watch, view, read, or hear content through its program, My Unique Student Experience (M.U.S.E.).
  • Has additional campus locations near military bases in Colorado Springs and Denver.
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