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Schools Offering Teaching Programs in Illinois

Around 2.7% of Illinois's graduates graduate from teaching degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 10,152 teachers graduate from Illinois' 91 teaching schools.

Top Schools

Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a teaching program. It is located in Evanston. In 2010, Northwestern University graduated 33 students from its teaching program. Students at Northwestern University paid $40,223 per year in tuition fees.

Wheaton College, which is located in Wheaton, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a teaching program. It received a ranking of 21st in the country in 2010. In 2010, Wheaton College graduated 76 students from its teaching program. Wheaton College charged in-state students $27,580 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a teaching program is Loyola University Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, 75 students graduated from Loyola University Chicago teaching program. Loyola University Chicago charged in-state students $32,114 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Illinois' teaching schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $13,836 per year, though tuition can range from $40,223 per year to $2,400 per year. In 2010, the teaching schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  2. School of the Art Institute of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $36,150 per year
  3. Illinois Wesleyan University - located in Bloomington, students are charged $35,256 per year

The teaching schools in Illinois that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  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

A teaching degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Many Illinois teaching graduates become a primary school education administrator, education administrator, business teacher, computer science teacher, and mathematical science teacher. In 2010, there were 174,540 teacher working in Illinois, including 2,620 english teachers, 13,050 primary school education administrators, and 3,160 education administrators. The following counties have the largest number of Illinois teachers:

  1. Cook County - 107,740 teachers
  2. Lake County - 11,350 teachers
  3. Adams County - 6,440 teachers

Projected Growth

The government projects that, by 2018, the number of teachers in the state of Illinois will grow to 178,310. This would require a 12% growth in the field.


On average, teachers earn $63,358 per year. However, this number is only an average. Teacher in Illinois had varying salaries from $16,860 to $160,210 per year in 2010. Teachers in the following Illinois counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Lake County - $68,406 per year
  2. Cook County - $63,319 per year
  3. Marshall County - $59,422 per year

The Illinois counties with the lowest average salary for teachers are:

  1. Vermilion County - $47,258 per year
  2. Adams County - $47,289 per year
  3. Bureau County - $47,858 per year

On average, the highest paid teachers in Illinois were:

  1. Primary School Education Administrator - $101,970 per year
  2. Education Administrator - $98,740 per year
  3. Postsecondary Teacher - $78,960 per year

The teachers with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

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

More Information

For more data regarding a career in teaching in Illinois and to compare salaries with various related fields such as early childhood education or special education, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Teaching in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Teaching in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Teaching in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Teaching in Illinois
  • Certificate in Teaching 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%
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 13,050 $101,970 6.2%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School 9,900 $57,150
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%
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 4,410 $50,490 56.9%
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 3,160 $98,740 -36.8%
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%
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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