College of Education & Human Services

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 Pre-Teacher Education Program
 Accepted into Teacher Education Program

Contact Us:

 School of Education

  (309) 298-1183


  Minimum high school or college GPA of 3.0 - SAT/ACT scores not required but please submit if able.
  Essay on value of rural and small schools
  Endorsement from a rural or small town school superintendent who agrees to interview the applicant
  Commit to teach in a rural or small town community for at least three years after receiving teaching license/certificate
  Current WIU Sophomores and Juniors must meet individual Teacher Education Program GPA requirements (transcript must be submitted at time of application)

How to Apply

  Fill out this form
  Submit your essay
  Obtain a letter of endorsement from a rural/small town school superintendent
  Application will open Jan 1, 2024 with a deadline of March 1, 2024

As a Corps member

You commit to:

  Attend at least three selected seminars each year on rural and small town education issues
  Complete a civic engagement activity with students at a rural school in your senior year
  Graduate and become certified/licensed to teach
  Complete student teaching in a rural or small town
  Attend the Great River Teacher Corps gatherings held each spring
  Teach for three years in a rural community within 22 specified counties: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Mercer, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Warren

From a rural teacher

There are so, so many things I love about my rural teaching experience, but it all boils down to the deeply-ingrained sense of community. Most students don't have much experience outside the region, and being a music teacher allows me to make the world much more accessible. -Rebecca Washington, I am a Rural Teacher! Project