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Interested in becoming a Special Education or Early Childhood teacher in an Illinois hard-to-staff school, many of which are in Southern IL?


SIU Carbondale and a state-sponsored Grow Your Own Teachers grant (GYO) are seeking non-traditional students who desire to work in high-need teaching positions in Special Education or Early Childhood, serving rural and minority communities throughout Illinois.The program strives to promote diversity, the wisdom of community, and the best education possible.

Select GYO candidates will receive financial, academic, and emotional support to assist them in earning their Professional Educator's License (PEL) in Special Education or Early Childhood.

Grow Your Own teachers stand out for their subject mastery, classroom management skills, and expectations of excellence from their students.

Find out what it takes to join the program.


We have all the admission requirements available on our website.