Lindenwood University grads can now earn Illinois teaching licenses

Students at Lindenwood-University Belleville will be able to earn Illinois teaching and school counseling licenses upon graduation starting this fall.

The State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board through the Illinois State Board of Education now recognizes Lindenwood-University Belleville as a “state institution and education unit,” according to a news release distributed last week.

The licensure board approved the new institution recognition at its meeting in February.

Steven Suess, chair of the Division of Education and Counseling, said the Belleville campus was initially started as a extension of the university’s St. Charles, Mo., campus. This meant education students graduating from Belleville earned a certificate to teach in Missouri, which then had to be transferred if they wanted to teach in Illinois.

“We’ve always had a very rigorous education and counseling curriculum, and now with this certification, our students will have one less step to find employment,” said Renee Porter, a provost at the Belleville campus.

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