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: