State of Illinois on a red background

llinois faces a dire teacher shortage with 4,500 open education positions across the state. Your Redbirds are rising to meet the challenge.

DeGarmo Hall in summer

The College of Education GROWTH (COE GROWTH) initiative started in summer 2020 as a coordinated and sustainable professional development program for all COE faculty and staff.

Teacher in class with students

With health and safety guidelines altering traditional student teaching and clinical internships, the College of Education (COE) quickly explored avenues to place teaching candidates in meaningful experiences.

Cup and laptop, featuring EdBird Educators

Illinois State University is proud to both prepare and employ some of the most caring and dedicated educators around.

Dr Dakesa Pina-DEI officer for COE

Dr. Dakesa Piña joined the College of Education (COE) in spring 2021 as the first college-level diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) officer at Illinois State.

Jennifer Gill with students

As schools cautiously inch toward normalcy, there is no shortage of difficult questions being asked. Redbird Jennifer Gill fields many of them as the leader of Springfield School District 186, where she has served as superintendent since May 2014.

First grade student Layton L. works on an E-tutoring lesson.

When the pandemic began, students’ lives were turned upside down, and their education experiences were immediately moved to virtual learning.

A teacher leads a virtual learning session.

We sat down with two faculty associates at Metcalf School who are no strangers to navigating the journey of educational technology and remote learning.

DeGarmo Hall

Private support from the Owen Foundation and joyce gillie gossom ’78 accelerates opportunity across the College of Education.