All 43 Illinois State University teacher education programs are fully approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The College of Education has been accredited since 1954 by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
In October 1998, Congress voiced its concern for the quality of teacher preparation by enacting Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Title II authorizes federal grant programs that support the efforts of states, institutions of higher education, and their school district partners to improve the recruitment, preparation, and support of new teachers. Title II also includes accountability measures in the form of reporting requirements for institutions and states on teacher preparation and licensing.
Section 207 of HEA Title II requires reports from institutions of higher education (IHE) that conduct teacher preparation programs enrolling students who receive federal assistance under Title IV of the HEA. A teacher preparation program is a state-approved course of study, the completion of which signifies that an enrollee has met all the state's educational and/or training requirements for initial certification or licensure to teach in the state's elementary or secondary schools.
38% of all teacher education majors at ISU graduate within four years. 51% of all teacher education majors graduate within five years.
100% of teacher education program completers passed the Illinois State Board of Education test in 2011-2012.