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Elmhurst Alum Wins Teaching Prize

George Vlasis inspires his Barrington kindergarten students and wins a Golden Apple Award as one of Chicago’s top teachers.

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Few professions will grow as fast in the coming decades as teaching. Even fewer professions will be as rewarding and as significant to our society. If you are ready to make a real difference in the lives of children and youth, look to the Department of Education at Elmhurst College for inspiration and for the professional knowledge and experiences to prepare you for a challenging and vital profession.

An education degree at Elmhurst College is about best practices that are grounded in research and theory. Our education undergraduates are highly sought after and their extensive school-based experience gives them a critical head start in the field. It also is about practical, hands-on experiences. Future teachers are immersed in real-world applications in schools and practicing teachers are challenged to apply new ideas and best practices in their classrooms and schools.

We offer 17 teacher education programs that lead to Illinois teacher licensure. Our graduates are teaching at every level throughout the United States and abroad. More than 1,700 Elmhurst alumni are teaching in Illinois schools alone.

In addition, Elmhurst College offers three master's degree programs in education: Early Childhood Special Education, which trains educators to make a difference in the lives of young children with disabilities, Teacher Leadership, a progressive alternative to conventional programs in curriculum and instruction and approved for the new Teacher Leadership endorsement in Illinois, and Special Education, which enables teachers to provide research-based special education services in their classrooms and schools and includes approved curriculum for the Special Education (LBS1) endorsement.

Elmhurst College is required to provide detailed information about accountability for programs that prepare teachers. These disclosures will assist students and their families in making informed enrollment decisions.

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