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Careers in Education

Graduates are employed in a number of settings. Below are just a few examples of the range of employment opportunities that are available.

Examples of Student Teaching Sites

  • Central Illinois: Bloomington, Pontiac, East Peoria
  • Western Chicago Suburbs: Naperville, Downer's Grove, Hinsdale
  • Other: Joliet, Plainfield, Lincoln-Way

Upon graduation, students are qualified to apply for Illinois certification and to teach in Illinois public and private schools. 

A second teaching area is recommended in a minor or endorsement content area. Students should refer to the undergraduate catalog (University-Wide Teacher Education section) for a listing of all programs available.

Employment Settings

  • Physical education teacher
  • Coach
  • Intramural positions
  • Athletic director
  • YMCA
  • Park Districts
  • Gymnastics school instructor

Expected Salaries

Clinton $25,000 (starting) $57,000 (top)
Chicago $35,000 $75,000
Normal $27,000 $55,000
Skokie $39,000 $84,000

(Examples reflect base salaries. Other add-ons such as coaching and graduate tuition benefits are not included.)

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250 McCormick Hall
Normal, Il 61790-5120
Phone: (309) 438-8661
Fax: (309) 438-5559

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