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Business Education

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The Business Education major at Illinois State University combines the solid foundation of a business degree with preparation of teachers in business, marketing and computers.

The Business Education graduate is prepared to teach the following subjects: basic business, accounting, record keeping, business law, information processing/keyboarding, computer applications, consumer economics, marketing, entrepreneurship, business communications, and subjects with similar titles.

Why Study Business Education?

The primary purpose of Business Education is to prepare professional teachers to teach business and marketing courses in the secondary schools. Although most graduates do become teachers professionally some may be employed and engaged in administration and personnel work in different business organizations.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Good instructor
  • Planning
  • Directing
  • Critical thinking
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Organizing and coordinating
  • Interpreting
  • Analyzing
  • Explaining
  • Patience, flexibility, and creativity
  • Creative
  • Strong work ethic and professional behavior
  • Flexibility in though and adaptive to new ideas

Being Successful in the Field

  • Stay informed of new developments and current trends in the field.
  • Gain experience through volunteering, internships, and part-time or summer jobs.
  • Develop competencies in a specific area of interest.
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in business, economics, computers, or statistics for increased job opportunities.

Related Fields

  • Academic Advisor
  • Building Manager
  • College Instructor
  • Educational Administrator
  • Educational Trainer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fund-raiser
  • Insurance Agent
  • Office Manager
  • Underwriter

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Renee Carrigan  110 Student Services Building  rdcarugl@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5864 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.5

Middle 50% GPA

2.81 - 3.40

Required Courses

Students with fewer than 45 hours are evaluated on collegiate coursework and grade point average.

Students with 45-59 hours earned must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Financial accounting (ACC 131)
  • Economics—micro and macro (ECO 105)
  • College algebra (MATH 119) and Finite math (MATH 120)

Students with 60 or more hours earned must complete the following additional courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Managerial accounting (ACC 132)
  • Statistical reasoning (MQM 100)

Recommended Courses

  • Introductory-level business course (BUS 100),
  • Introductory-level English composition (ENG 101),
  • Intermediate-level English composition (ENG 145), and
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following: ACC 167and 168; ITK 150; IAI BUS 902; or by passing competency examsof ACC 189.67 and 189.68

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to get an AA or AS.

It is strongly recommended that students meet the Basic Skills Requirement prior to enrollment. Visit the College of Education's website for details on acceptable ACT or SAT scores which can be used to meet this requirement.

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Stacey Meyer  COB 129  slmeyer@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8385 

Middle 50% GPA

2.81 - 3.40

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Application Period

September 1 through September 30 and February 1 through February 28.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Major Requirements

Fewer than 45 earned and in progress hours

Evaluated upon college coursework, GPA, and admissions criteria for incoming freshmen.

45 - 59 earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ECO 105
  • MAT 119 and 120 or 121 or 145.

60 or more earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ACC 132
  • ECO 105
  • MQM 100 or ECO/GEO/POL/PSY 138
  • MAT 121 or 145

The College also requires students to complete in the first semester:

  • BUS 100 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following:
    • ACC 167 and 168
    • ITK 150
    • IAI BUS 902
    • by passing competency exams

Business Education majors must complete MAT 120 or MAT 121 or 145.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Stacey Meyer  COB 129  slmeyer@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8385 
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