Distinctive Features of the College of Education

  • The University of St. Francis is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Engaged in unique partnerships with Joliet Township High School District 204, Joliet Public School District 86, Plainfield District 202, and several area Catholic schools.
  • Member of the Joliet Professional Development School Partnership (JPDSP) in which candidates are able to participate in a variety of innovative field experiences and professional development opportunities.
  • Member of the Cathedral Neighborhood Education Partnership (CNEP). As a member of CNEP, candidates are able to participate in a variety of innovative field experiences and professional development opportunities in a parochial school setting.
  • Founding member of the Multicultural Education Recruitment in Teaching (MERIT) project. MERIT is a partnership between the USF, Joliet Township High School District 204, Joliet Public Schools District 86, Joliet Junior College, and the Joliet community. It is intended to help recruit, prepare, place, and induct a new generation of excellent teachers of color for Joliet schools.
  • Faculty have extensive K-12 classroom and administrative experience and model best practices so that learning is stimulating, engaging, and applicable to “real-world” classroom.
  • Small class size allows for personal attention, assistance, and a student-centered approach that fosters a community of learners.
  • Candidates assigned at least one full-time faculty advisor.
  • Candidates participate in a field experience each semester in local classrooms with close university supervision and support.
  • The college maintains an excellent reputation with area schools that leads to USF teacher candidates being highly sought after for employment after graduation
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