Blackburn College is meeting the teacher shortage crisis in Illinois by accelerating the training and mentoring of highly qualified educators for areas most in need.

In just 12 months, you can learn with our tremendous Teacher Education Department, gain hands-on experience in the classroom, and officially enter the profession as a licensed educator by Fall 2025.

Students deserve excellent teachers, and you deserve the best preparation available. Help change lives and make a difference in your community with Blackburn.

Robust & Accessible Program

Comprehensive focus on reading and writing in content areas, with experts in the field preparing you to lead your own classroom. Flexibility with being 100% online.

Mentoring & Personal Attention

Faculty teach live classes and offer direct support as needed; a community of current and future educators will be available to help prepare you for success.


Accelerated Pace

In just 3 semesters, you can be ready to transform student lives in the classroom full-time


TLP Success Rate

98% successfully complete Blackburn's program and become licensed educators


Special Education

Blackburn is the only institution in Illinois to offer Special Education pathway

Licensure Areas

This program is designed for returning students with degrees in fields other than education who wish to obtain teaching licensure in the following content areas:

Middle Grades, 5-8
  • English
  • History / Social Science
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Secondary Grades, 9-12
  • English
  • History / Social Science
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
Content Grades, K-12
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
"Blackburn offers a great balance between content knowledge, classroom management, and support. They helped me prepare to successfully obtain my license, but I also benefited from the experience and mentorship provided by the faculty. It helped me become confident not only in my ability to teach but also in interacting with students. The coursework schedule was not stressful, even while working full-time. I recommend this program to anyone wishing to become an educator."

Admission Requirements

Due to limited space, Blackburn is currently accepting applications for the following candidates:

  • Candidates accepted as Golden Apple Accelerators
  • Candidates who will be employed at a school during the upcoming school year in any of the content areas listed above.

Other requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale). Students with an advanced degree from a regionally accredited university are excused from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of content coursework in official transcripts for admission into K-12, 5-8 or 9-12.


Tuition & Fees

Summer 2024     $7,200Semester runs from June 10-28

Fall 2024             $7,200

Spring 2025        $7,200

No hidden fees, increases or additional testing required

Have Questions?

We're here to help! Contact Dr. Michelle Stacy, Teacher Licensure Program Coordinator

Contact Dr. Stacy

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