About the School
We are the original school at SIU and that means we have nearly 150 years of experience in shaping the educators who make a difference in the world. With our expanded role in human services, we continue our mission, helping students explore possibilities, fulfill dreams and change lives.
We are a leader in off campus and online education. You can achieve your career goals on campus or in classrooms, agencies, military bases and organizations around the world.
Our programs and initiatives continually earn national recognition and our students enjoy the best of both worlds - strong academic programs combined with hands-on field experience in real work settings. At SIU, you will enjoy close interaction with our award-winning faculty and our supportive academic advisors and staff.
We are a diverse school, offering a wide variety of majors. With undergraduate, master's, doctoral and certification programs, we can take you as far as you want to go.
Dean M Cecil Smith
School and Academic Unit Operating Papers
Alternative Pathways To Teacher Licensure
We have partnered with a state-sponsored Grow Your Own Teachers grant (GYO) and are seeking non-traditional students who desire to work in high-need teaching positions in Early Childhood, serving rural and minority communities throughout Illinois. Learn More >>
The primary goal of the STRP is to bring together local educators from the schools and the university in a partnership with community mentors to recruit and support diverse teacher candidates from admission into the Teacher Education Program through their first two years of teaching. Learn More >>
In response to the increased demand for teachers in Illinois and nationwide, SIU offers a highly marketable graduate degree program that can be completed in as little as 15 months and lead to teacher licensure in the areas of secondary English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science-Biology, Science-Chemistry, or Social Science-History. Learn More >>
Often called “the educational building,” Wham is located at 625 Wham Drive. A hotbed of knowledge and groundbreaking clinical work, Wham, is where you’ll find the School's administration offices. Wham also houses the Teacher Education Programs and the academic programs and faculty offices for the School of Education.
The Eileen E. Quigley Hall, constructed in 1959, was originally the Home Economics building. Today the Child Development Laboratories (CDL) is housed in Quigley Hall. The CDL is used for clinical placements and practicum experiences for our Child and Family Services and Early Childhood programs.
Center for Workforce Development
The SIU Center for Workforce Development (CWD) in Chatham, Illinois has been implementing statewide education, leadership and technology advancement projects for over 20 years. Currently, the CWD has a primary role with carrying out several projects for the State of Illinois.