Why Choose Teacher Education?

Candidates will be in a classroom in no time. Hands-on experience, perspective, insight, and self-knowledge: those are just some of the rewards that go with practicing in the field. At Bradley, every student completes clinical experiences in the full range of his/her licensure and in a culturally diverse setting. In fact, our freshmen do it—and they love it!

Bradley's students learn from the best. Our award-winning faculty have taught in classrooms on six continents. They’re extraordinary teachers and dynamic leaders. That could be why our graduates win awards, too; in fact, not long ago, one of our graduates was named First-Year Teacher of the Year for the state of Georgia.

Students have help every step of the way. The department’s student-to-faculty ratio is 6 to 1. Faculty hold office hours so that students can meet with them to discuss questions and seek help with their career paths.

In addition, our Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and Special Education programs all have the requirements to obtain an English as a Second Language endorsement built into them.  That means candidates will be able to obtain the ESL endorsement when they complete the program. 

Program completers graduate from accredited programs that have national and international reputations. We hold state and national accreditation with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) plus additional national recognitions:

  • Association for Childhood Education International
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Associate of Schools of Music
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Council for Teachers of Math
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English

Upon graduation, you’ll find rewarding, challenging, exciting work.  Our graduates teach in locations around the world.

You’ll be an excellent teacher. You know the kind we mean: inspiring, innovative, and interesting; a leader, a lifelong student, a role model. And there’s no greater reward.

Watch the stories of four teacher education students.