Educator Prep

Educator Prep prepares today’s District 214 students to become tomorrow’s teachers in our own community, ensuring we are actively identifying, empowering and developing the next generation of high-quality educators.

The program is a sequence of courses and experiences developed by District 214 in cooperation with community partners in primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Student opportunities in Educator Prep start as early as freshmen year and can continue through college graduation and employment as an educator in a primary or secondary school.

Exploring a Career in Education

Educator Prep begins with high school courses that provide an orientation to a career in education and opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge required to be an educator. Students also are able to observe and teach in a variety of classroom environments and earn early college credit in courses related to education.

Supporting Students from High School Through College and Career

Students continuing in Educator Prep with a postsecondary partner - National Louis University for elementary education and Northeastern Illinois University for secondary education - will have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification related to their career area of interest. They also receive continued professional support from and develop relationships with the program’s primary and secondary partners through clinicals, observations and professional development activities.

Returning to Our Communities to Teach

Students continuing the Educator Prep program at the postsecondary level will be guaranteed a student teaching placement in District 214 or one of its partner districts. Upon successful student teaching completion, students will be guaranteed employment interviews with the primary and secondary partners if openings exist.

To find out more about Educator Prep, contact your high school counselor.

To apply for the Educator Academy, click on the application link below:

Educator Academy Application


Educator Prep Signing

Determined to recruit and support the next generation of teachers for local schools, officials at Township High School District 214 recently launched an Educator Prep initiative. Pictured here are students signing up for the program at its May 26 launch. Karen Ann Cullotta / Pioneer Press. May 31, 2016. (Township High School District 214 / Handout)

Determined to recruit and support the next generation of teachers for local schools, officials at Township High School District 214 recently launched an Educator Prep initiative. Pictured here are students signing up for the program at its May 26 launch. Karen Ann Cullotta / Pioneer Press. May 31, 2016. (Township High School District 214 / Handout)

Township High School District 214 students sign pledge to become teachers. Karen Ann Cullotta / Pioneer Press. May 12, 2017 (Karen Ann Cullotta / Pioneer Press)

Township High School District 214 students sign pledge to become teachers. Karen Ann Cullotta / Pioneer Press. May 12, 2017 (Karen Ann Cullotta / Pioneer Press)

Signing day to become teachers for 110 District 214 students. Doug T. Graham / Daily Herald. May 11, 2017 (Joe Lewnard / Staff Photographer)

Signing day to become teachers for 110 District 214 students. Doug T. Graham / Daily Herald. May 11, 2017 (Joe Lewnard / Staff Photographer)

One hundred students from Arlington Heights-based Township High School District signed up for Educator Prep on Thursday. The program provides support for teens on their path to becoming students. (Karen Ann Cullotta / Pioneer Press)

One hundred students from Arlington Heights-based Township High School District signed up for Educator Prep on Thursday. The program provides support for teens on their path to becoming students. (Karen Ann Cullotta / Pioneer Press)