College of Education & Professional Studies


OUR MISSION To increase the retention and graduation of diverse students in the teaching profession and of students seeking licensure in high-demand teaching areas such as: Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Business Education, Mathematics Education, English as a Second Language, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Library Media K-12, and Spanish Education.

OUR GOAL To build a bridge from the dream of teaching to the reality of being equipped to teach. The program's goal is to increase numbers of:1. Minority graduates who are licensed to teach
2. Graduates licensed to teach in STEM disciplines
3. Graduates licensed in subjects with teacher shortages


You are eligible for the program if you are a declared teacher education major who meets at least one of the following criteria:

1. You are a student interested in any Teacher Licensure Program, especially the following high demand areas:

  • Secondary Science education 
  • Business education
  • English as a second language/bilingual/bicultural 
  • Library media K-12
  • Math education
  • Early childhood education
  • Spanish education
  • Speech pathology
  • Special education
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders

2. You self-identify as part of underrepresented populations, including but not limited to: first generation students, students with disabilities, or students receiving financial assistance.

3. You are a student interested in any Teacher Licensure Programs


You will participate in high-impact academic programming and transformational learning experiences aimed at promoting student success, such as:  

  • Live and Learn community: Move-in early and live in the same residence hall as peers in Future Teacher Program & take 2 classes (New Student seminar, and a required course for all education majors) together during the fall semester
  • The Future Teachers Summer Institute: mentoring and involvement in important workshops a week prior to the start of classes 
  • Undergraduate research: Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline
  • Early experiences in schools: hands-on experience in the classroom 
  • Service learning projects: get involved and gain professional experience while completing a volunteer project
  • Study abroad programs: unique opportunity to travel internationally while actively learning
  • Employment and internship opportunities 

Apply to be a Peer Counselor:

Please fill out this quick survey to be considered for application. There are 2 questions that require you to write a few sentences (you do not need to write a full essay)! - Review of applications begin in March

Summer 2024 dates are August 25th - August 30th. In order to participate in FTP, you must be able to move-in by/on August 25 th and be able to participate in all programming during the week of the 25 th to the 30th.

For questions or more information please contact:
College of Education & Professional Studies
(262) 472-1101