To teach in Illinois public schools, students must complete a baccalaureate program at a four-year college or university and then be licensed by the state of Illinois.

To transfer from Lewis and Clark into an approved baccalaureate program, students must meet the specific requirements of the program and complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Students are strongly encouraged to complete either an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree prior to transfer. Since admission into Education Programs is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Students must also pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or earn a composite score of 22 on the ACT plus writing with a 16 in writing, and meet the minimum grade point average requirement for program admission.


If you already have or are working toward a Public Educator License (PEL) in Illinois, the opportunity exists to obtain endorsements in different content areas. Lewis and Clark’s Education Program has determined, which classes can be taken to meet the content requirement. Each endorsement require 15 credit hours of content, a 3 hour methods class (completed at an accredited four-year university), and a content test. For some of the content areas, there are expedited course options.

Middle School Language Arts | Education Endorsement
Middle School Math | Education Endorsement
Middle School Science | Education Endorsement
Middle School Social Science | Education Endorsement

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*This is only meant as a guide. Please see an advisor when planning your courses.

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SIUE 2+2 in Special Education, Early Childhood, and Elementary Education

In partnership with SIUE, students complete the general education requirements to complete an A.A or A.S. at Lewis and Clark Community College. The second half of the core courses are completed on the SIUE campus toward a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education or Elementary Education.  For more information about SIUE programs, contact Dave Shifflett at 618-468-2628 or

McKendree University 2+2 in Elementary Education

In partnership with McKendree University, a transfer is possible for L&C students who complete the A.S. at L&C and desire to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in Elementary Education at McKendree University. For more information, please contact Caitlin Mueller at 618-537-6408 or

On-Campus Undergraduate Teacher Education Partnership (UTEP) with Greenville College

In partnership with L&C, Greenville offers an Elementary Education degree on the L&C campus. Prior to admission into the UTEP program, you must complete all four education courses listed under Specific Program Guidelines. For more information about Greenville, please contact Deedra Mager at 618-664-7138 or