School of Education

It is the mission of the Teacher Education Unit at McKendree University to prepare teachers and other education professionals as lifelong learners, caring practitioners, and knowledgeable professionals. The mission of the Teacher Education Unit at McKendree University is linked and inspired by the mission and purpose of the University. The dispositions of a candidate completing the program also are grounded in the mission of McKendree University.

Supported by the mission of the unit, it is the vision of the Teacher Education Unit at McKendree University that in its preparation of educators who are knowledgeable professionals, caring practitioners, and lifelong learners, the Unit will provide the leadership to enable graduates to meet the ever-changing diverse demands placed upon the schools in the region it serves.

Because McKendree University must meet the requirements issued by the Illinois State Board of Education and the State Licensure Board, their requirements take precedence over the catalog of record for individuals seeking teacher licensure recommendation.

Initial Programs

•   Elementary Education - Licensure
•   Secondary Education - Licensure

o   Business Education
o   English/Language Arts
o   History Education
o   Mathematics
o   Science (Biology or Chemistry emphasis)
o   Social Science (History, Political Science, or Psychology emphasis)

•   Special K-12 - Licensure

                  o   Art Education
                  o   Music Education
                  o   Physical Education - Licensure


•   Special Education LBS1 Licensure (Master of Arts in Education only)

•   Educational Studies  Non-Licensure



Advanced Programs

•   Master of Arts in Education 

o   Educational Administration & Leadership
o   Educational Studies
o   Educational Studies Emphasis in Reading
o   Higher Education Administrative Services
o   Music Education
  Special Education
o   Specialized Instruction
o   Teacher Licensure

o   Teacher Leadership


•   Specialist in Education  

•   Doctor of Education  


•   Middle School (Undergraduate & Graduate)

IMPORTANT:  The Illinois State Board of Education has changed the requirements for obtaining a middle teaching school endorsement.  The current requirements will only be valid until January 31, 2018.  After February 1, 2018, the only way to receive a middle school endorsement will be to complete a new, state approved middle school program.

 Obtaining a Middle School Endorsement prior to January 31, 2018 will require obtaining a C or higher in EDU 403/503 Middle School:  Philosophy and Practice and EDU 404/504 Early Adolescents and Schooling.  Students will also need to receive a C or higher in the required number of content course hours.  If you will receive your initial Professional Educators License AFTER January 31, 2018, you will need to adhere to the new Middle School requirements.

•   Reading Teacher (Graduate)
•   Special Education (Graduate)