Summer courses geared toward in-service teachers, grad students


There is still time to enroll in any number professional development courses that Illinois College is offering this summer for in-service teachers and Illinois College graduate students.

“These courses were designed for the current students enrolled in the graduate program; however, they are open to any educator in the region who wishes to take a one-credit graduate course,” John Fritsche, professor of education, says. “Participants do not have to be enrolled in the program to take these one-credit hour courses.”

Elective courses include orchid growing for active learning, working with children with autism spectrum disorders, writing across the curriculum to reach common core standards and learning about proportional reasoning for CCSSM. Click here for course details.

“The present list of courses was based on a needs assessment survey completed this past winter,” Fritsche says. “In the future, a wider survey to school districts in this region will be taken in order for our graduate program to be beneficial and practical for the needs of schools and teachers.”

The current set of courses are all one-credit courses meeting on days and times arranged around the current graduate students, schedules. Each course meets for a total of at least 15 clock hours. Participants can expect that the content of the courses will have direct relevance for teachers’ instruction and are designed to enhance student learning and teacher effectiveness.

The Illinois College Master of Arts in Education is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Credits earned by teachers enrolling in one of these courses may be applied to the M.A.Ed. program should they decide apply for admission at a later date.

For more information on the professional development courses or the M.A.Ed. program, visit or contact Todd Oberg, director of the Teacher Preparation Program at 217-245-3430 or at
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Visit or call 217-245-3467 for more information.

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