September 25, 2006

New program offers education degree opportunity

by Chase Goble

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale is partnering with community colleges to offer an off-campus elementary education degree program.

With this new initiative, community college students can complete a bachelor's degree in elementary education through SIUC's College of Education and Human Services by taking evening and weekend classes at the Rend Lake College Marketplace in Mount Vernon.

The program is open to students who have completed at least two years of coursework and qualify for admission to SIUC's Teacher Education Program in Elementary Education. The program begins in January for the spring 2007 semester, and will offer blocks of classes each semester.

Those interested in learning more about the program are welcome to attend an informal reception on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marketplace. Roger Tedrick, chair of the SIU Board of Trustees, SIU President Glenn Poshard, SIUC Chancellor Walter V. Wendler and Rend Lake College President Mark S. Kern will be among those attending.

Participating community colleges are: Frontier Community College, Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central College, Wabash Valley College, Rend Lake College, Southeastern Illinois College, Kaskaskia Community College and John A. Logan College.

Individuals can register for this program at any of the colleges in the consortium or through the College of Education and Human Services at SIUC in person or by calling 618/453-6340. More information also is available by e-mailing Cay Grenfell at or Robert Simpson at, both academic advisers in the college. In addition, information also is available at

Serving others is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.