The emphasis of this major is to prepare candidates with the coursework and clinical field experience required to earn an Illinois Professional Educator License to teach in grades 1-6.
Teaching:A highly sophisticated intellectual activity that requires a centered presence in the classroom, good negotiation skills, understanding of pedagogy and psychology that inform one another, and sensitivity to sociological factors in learning. (Jackie Grennon Brooks)
Virtual Co-Teaching:Teaching candidates participate in a “virtual co-teaching” field experience through Skype with classrooms located throughout the Midwest.
Clinical Experience:Teacher candidates complete pre-student teaching clinical experiences the semester prior to student teaching at the same site as their semester of student teaching, thereby providing candidates one full academic year under the guidance of a mentor teacher in cooperating school districts.
Teacher candidates complete on average 200 hours of clinical field experience prior to their student teaching semester. Beginning their Freshman year at Blackburn College.
Career Placement Rates:100% of the program completers across the entire Blackburn College Education Unit were hired in schools for the next academic year.
Learning Behavior Specialist:Blackburn College also offers the Learning Behavior Specialist 1 Endorsement, which allows candidates to teach special education at their licensed grade level.
Required Exams:The 4 tests required for teacher candidates are all available at the ROE #40 located in Carlinville.
- Test of Academic Proficiency
- Elementary Education Content Area Test
- Assessment of Professional Teaching
- Education Teacher Performance Assessment
Below are links for faculty members who visit and evaluate Student Teachers of the Blackburn Education program. The links include the Student Teaching Manual that outlines policies and procedures critical to the success of all student teacher candidates, instruments for assessing student teacher performance, other assessment forms used in the student teaching process, and all lesson observation forms. These forms should be submitted to the Education Department during the semester of supervision.
Below are links for Educators who host Student Teachers of the Blackburn Education program in their classrooms. The linked documents include the Student Teaching Manual that outlines policies and procedures critical to the success of all student teacher candidates, and instruments for assessing student teacher performance.
Below are links to several documents and forms that you will use while you progress through the Teacher Education Program at Blackburn.
Interim Chair of Education
Ph.D., University of North Dakota
office: 217-854-3231 ext. 5688
Ph.D., University of Wyoming
office: 217-854-3231 ext. 5679
Ed.D., Ed.Sp.D., University of Sarasota
office: 217-854-3231 ext. 5678
Adjunct Education Professor
B.A., Blackburn College
office: 217-854-3231 ext. 5686
Adjunct Education Professor
M.S., Quincy University
office: 217-854-3231 ext. 5518
Education Department Administrative Coordinator and Licensure Officer
M.B.A., DePaul University
office: 217-854-3231 ext.