Why study Education at AU?
Aurora University has been preparing teachers to make an impact on their individual students, their classrooms, and their communities since 1930. Thousands of AU graduates in Illinois and across the country are employed as successful teachers, making a difference in the lives of children and their families.
AU’s approach to teacher education combines a strong academic core with experiences in professional learning communities. AU collaborates with schools in the Fox Valley region so that students have the opportunity early in their academic journey to take part in classrooms, observing and working alongside experienced teachers and interacting with students. This approach builds confidence in students so they are well-prepared when it comes time to student teach.
AU is proud to partner with Educators Rising, a national organization that promotes teaching as a career path. Through Educators Rising, AU offers a $1,000 renewable scholarship to students from area high schools and community colleges who are active members of affiliate clubs and stay active members in the AU chapter while at AU.
Aurora University’s Education programs are accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and prepare students to become licensed teachers in the state of Illinois. AU prepares students to complete the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), a state certification requirement.
Learn more about teacher preparation programs from Aurora University:
English as a Second Language/Bilingual Minor
Physical Education K-12 Teaching Licensure
School Health Education Minor
Secondary Education (supplemental major)
PEL Teacher Residency Program (Woodstock Center)
Elementary Education 2+2 Transfer Program (Woodstock Center)
An endorsement on a teaching license means you have additional qualifications to teach specific grade levels or subject areas. AU offers endorsements that you can earn in addition to any education major, making you eligible for additional teaching opportunities. These include:
- Early Childhood Education Endorsement
- Elementary Education Endorsement
- English/Language Arts Middle School Endorsement
- Math Middle School Endorsement
- Science Middle School Endorsement
- Social Science Middle School Endorsement
- Spanish Endorsement
- Special Education Endorsement
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela
Spartan Story: Jason Morales '21 was inspired to become an education major after a teacher changed his life by helping him learn English. He wants to have the same impact on other children's lives.