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Education students graduate from Lake Forest College with two majors and abundant classroom experience that prepares them for a successful teaching career. Lake Forest education graduates go on to make a difference in children’s lives with jobs as educators. Our students learn to become confident in their classrooms, responsive to their students, deeply knowledgeable about subject matter, and committed to their own growth as lifelong learners.

Study general methods of teaching to learn how to plan and teach lessons across disciplines and appropriate age groups. Take discipline-specific seminars to gain skills targeted to teaching a variety of academic subjects. Our students are mentored closely by full-time faculty members throughout their four years.

Clinical Experience
  • Regular in-school observations at schools in Chicago and local Lake and Cook County school districts
  • Fieldwork practicum in elementary and middle schools in Waukegan, IL
  • Special education clinical placement in local schools
  • Student teaching in local school districts or Chicago
State Accredited Licensure
  • Elementary grade level
  • Middle/secondary grade level: mathematics, English, history, chemistry, biology
  • K-12 grade level: visual art, music, Spanish, French 
  • These programs are offered at the BA and MAT levels. See requirements for forthcoming changes in Illinois State Board of Education Licensure Structure.
Great Careers
  • Learn more about how Lake Forest College prepares you for a great job. 
  • View a list of school districts currently employing our graduates.
  • Over 95 percent of students certified to teach at Lake Forest College are employed in schools making a difference in students’ lives.
  • Hear what our grads say about the program and their job prospects.

Gain Real-World Teaching Experience

Our education majors have many opportunities to work with students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, including interning at a local high-needs school districts. Student teaching placements are generally made in local suburban school districts.

For more than 15 years, our faculty have had a strong relationship with Waukegan Public Schools, a high-need school district north of Lake Forest. This partnership helps provide professional development for Waukegan teachers and pre-service opportunities for Lake Forest College education majors. 

alumna ringing school bell
Lake Forest College prepared me well for a teaching career.
Angela Lopez ’11

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Desmond Odugu
Associate Professor of Education
Chair of Education
MAT Director
Buchanan Hall 233

Adrienne Thoms
Educator Preparation Program Coordinator
Buchanan Hall 224

Jacquelynn Popp
Assistant Professor Of Education
Licensure Officer
Transfer Advisor
Buchanan Hall 234