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Schools Offering Education Programs in Illinois

Each year, approximately 2.7% of Illinois graduates receive degrees in education. In other words, every year an estimated 9,933 education professionals graduate from Illinois' 86 education schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois that has a education program is Northwestern University. Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th in the country in 2010, is located in Evanston. In 2010, Northwestern University graduated 51 students from its education program. The tuition rate at Northwestern University was $40,223 per year.

Wheaton College, which is located in Wheaton, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a education program. It received a ranking of 21st in the country in 2010. In 2010, 40 students graduated from Wheaton College education program. Tuition at Wheaton College was $27,580 per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a education program is Loyola University Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, Loyola University Chicago graduated 107 students from its education programs. Tuition at Loyola University Chicago was $32,114 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Illinois' education schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $14,689 per year, though tuition can range from $42,041 per year to $2,400 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Illinois education schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. University of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $42,041 per year
  2. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  3. School of the Art Institute of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $36,150 per year

The following Illinois education schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Rock Valley College - located in Rockford, students are charged $2,400 per year
  2. Illinois Valley Community College - located in Oglesby, students are charged $2,434 per year
  3. Highland Community College - located in Freeport, students are charged $2,472 per year

An education degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Postsecondary vocational teacher, social science teacher, postsecondary teacher, elementary school teacher, and business teacher are the professions of choice for a majority of education graduates in Illinois. Illinois had 145,030 education professionals in 2010. 4,640 of these education professionals were instructional coordinators, 2,270 were postsecondary vocational teachers, and 100 were social science teachers. The largest populations of Illinois education professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 90,380 education professionals
  2. Lake County - 9,060 education professionals
  3. Adams County - 4,880 education professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of education professionals in Illinois will grow by 13%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 150,250 education professionals working in Illinois. The greatest growth for education professional is predicted to be amongst Instructional Coordinators, who are expected to increase by 16% by 2018.


On average, education professionals earn $60,551 per year. However, this number is only an average. Education professional in Illinois had varying salaries from $17,330 to $160,210 per year in 2010. Education professionals in the following Illinois counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Lake County - $66,873 per year
  2. Cook County - $60,233 per year
  3. Marshall County - $56,174 per year

Education professionals in the following counties in Illinois make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Adams County - $40,437 per year
  2. Edwards County - $41,010 per year
  3. Vermilion County - $41,148 per year

The education professionals with highest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Postsecondary Teacher - $78,960 per year
  2. Education Administrator - $76,160 per year
  3. Social Science Teacher - $71,030 per year

The education professionals with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Kindergarten Teacher - $46,380 per year
  2. Literacy Teacher - $45,690 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in education and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as teaching or elementary education.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Education in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Education in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Education in Illinois
  • Certificate in Education in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 80,820 $59,460
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 32,720 $61,360 22.1%
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 6,740 $78,960 -29.0%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 5,470 $46,380 25.7%
Instructional Coordinators 4,640 $54,490 27.8%
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 2,720 $61,330 -35.8%
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 2,620 $60,140 -14.1%
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 2,270 $48,770 -28.8%
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 1,820 $69,840
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 1,450 $60,490 -48.2%
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors 1,390 $45,690 -47.1%
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 1,020 $61,660 -59.4%
Education Administrators, All Other 1,010 $76,160 -23.5%
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School 240 $52,500 -58.6%
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 100 $71,030 -66.7%

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