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RU Education Pathway

Rockford Public Schools has partnered with Rockford University to recruit teachers and build a workforce from its own student body.

The Rockford University Education Pathway begins in middle school and continues in high school with an education pathway. Students then enroll in a college degree program through Rockford University. The hope is to continue the program through teacher certification and employment with RPS 205. Then graduates can continue as RPS 205 teachers in a graduate program through Rockford University.

Course Sequence

9th Grade College & Career Readiness






10th Grade Psychology Child Development Education & Childcare Careers






11th Grade Education & Childcare Careers Technology in the Classroom




12th Grade Intro to Teaching/Ed Psych*

Industry Certification: Child Development Associate (Early Childhood), Paraprofessional Cert.
Dual Credit: Intro to Teaching/Ed Psych
*Note: Only students enrolled as seniors are eligible to receive college credit



Program Timeline

How to Apply

(Deadline for Fall 2021 is January 15, 2021)

  1. Apply and be accepted into Rockford University.
  2. Submit three letters of recommendation and an essay (Why I Want to Be a Teacher!) to RPS 205.
  3. Complete an interview with a team of RPS 205 administrators.

Contact Us

Matt Zediker
​Chief Human Resources Officer

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