Admission Requirements

  • Must meet the definition of a parent or community leader, paraeducator, or individual from hard-to-staff community in one of the Southern Illinois SPED or EC school districts/counties:

    • Franklin-Jefferson

    • Johnson-Alexander-Massac-Pulaski (JAMP)

    • Jackson-Perry-Union (Tri-County)

    • Randolph-Monroe (Perandoe)

    • Edwards-Galatin-Hamilton-Hardin-Pope-Saline

    • Wabash-Wayne-White (WOVSED)

    • Williamson

  • Submit licensure credentials (if applicable) and employer verification.

  • May hold an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or postsecondary degree.

  • Must submit all transcripts from higher education institutions for review.

  • Must be admitted to SIU.

  • Must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

  • Submit writing sample and letters of recommendation and participate in an interview with the GYO committee

Financial Aid​

Must have a FAFSA on file for academic year/term. Financial assistance from GYO will be evaluated after financial aid has been exhausted. Learn more at

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