Illinois College Prepares to Welcome Next Cohort of Golden Apple Accelerators Program Recipients for Fall Enrollment


lllinois College proudly announces its anticipation in welcoming the upcoming cohort of students for the Golden Apple Accelerators Program this fall.

Following a successful inaugural year, where recipients opted to enroll in Illinois College's online education licensure program, the institution remains committed to addressing Illinois’ critical teacher shortage.

The innovative online education licensure program offers college graduates a streamlined pathway to obtain their teaching license. With a duration of approximately 12 months for secondary education and just over a year for elementary education, the program is tailored to equip aspiring educators with the necessary tools and expertise to thrive in today's educational landscape. It is especially well-suited for individuals already working in school districts as paraprofessionals or long-term substitute teachers. 

Jaime Klein, Chair of the education department at Illinois College, underscored the urgency of combating the teacher shortage crisis. "Amidst the myriad challenges facing the education field, the shortage of qualified teachers stands out as particularly critical," said Klein. "The Illinois College Teacher Preparation Program is steadfast in its commitment to addressing this challenge head-on through our innovative post-baccalaureate licensure program."

Eligible candidates with majors in biology, English, history, math, or related fields can enroll in the secondary licensure program. Similarly, students from diverse academic backgrounds can enter the elementary licensure program, demonstrating Illinois College's commitment to fostering inclusivity and diversity within the teaching profession.

In collaboration with the Golden Apple Accelerators Program, Illinois College offers vital scholarships to participants in its licensure program, covering tuition expenses and providing stipends to alleviate additional financial burdens. This partnership aims to remove barriers to entry and expedite program completion, enabling aspiring educators to enter classrooms expeditiously.

"We are thrilled to be a higher education partner with the Golden Apple Accelerators Program, a leader in working to end the teacher shortage in Illinois since 2020," noted Klein. "Together, we are poised to support and empower aspiring teachers, thereby transforming the lives of the next generation."

Aspiring educators at Illinois College benefit from a range of resources, including the Teacher Preparation Program and state-of-the-art technology housed within the Joy French Becker '67 Center for Teacher Education.

For more information about Illinois College's post-baccalaureate education licensure program and other online offerings, visit IC Online. Prospective applicants can learn more about scholarships and eligibility criteria by visiting the Golden Apple Accelerators Program website.


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, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. 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.

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