DuPage Regional Office of Education
Teacher In-Service for DuPage Educators (TIDE)
The TIDE program is designed to offer graduate school courses in partnership with participating universities to serve the needs of educators and school districts within DuPage County. Qualified instructors who are approved by the participating university and TIDE teach courses. Tuition and fees are discounted from published university rates for the benefit of DuPage educators.
Courses are offered in Fall, Spring and Summer terms at sites throughout DuPage County. Course offerings are published one month prior to the beginning of each school term in the TIDE Course Catalog. The full course catalog is published on this website and distributed electronically to school district offices for superintendents and building administrators. Normally, a minimum of 10 teachers must be registered for a course section to proceed.
Eligibility for Participation in TIDE Courses. TIDE course participation is limited to individuals who hold a valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL). Substitute teaching license holders (SUB) are not eligible. Educators need not live or work in DuPage County to take TIDE courses.
Course Credit. Courses offered via our university partnerships with Aurora University, Benedictine University, Lewis University, National-Louis University and University of St. Francis produce semester hours of graduate school credit. Course work completed is documented on university partner official transcripts of academic performance.
Course Tuition Rates.Current tuition rates for Aurora and Benedictine Universities are $175 per semester credit; e.g., a three-credit course would have a tuition cost of $525.00. Tuition rates for Lewis University and University of St. Francis are $225.00 per semester credit. Tuition rates vary with the course at National-Louis University. Tuition rates are printed in the TIDE Course Catalog.Financial Aid is not available for TIDE courses.
Text and Material Fees (NEW). Unless otherwise specified, textbooks are required at the student’s expense. Once the student’s course registration is completed a confirmation email from the DuPage Regional Office of Education TIDE program will identify required textbooks. Course materials fees are in addition to textbooks and are determined depending on the nature of the course. The material fee, if required will be included in the tuition price listed in the catalog and online for each course and will be paid at the time of registration.
Seminar, Workshop or Conference Fees. All seminars, workshops or conferences produced by the DuPage Regional Office of Education are funded based upon a “cost recovery” model in order to minimize expenses for participants and maximize enrollment. Resulting participation fees vary with the size and scope of each event.
Course Registration Procedures. Online registration is completed here. Course sections remain open for enrollment up to the first day of class. Starting dates are not uniform and vary from one course to another. Select courses are part of an endorsement cohort for certain school districts and registration is restricted to those districts unless otherwise indicated.
Contact Us. TIDE Program Contacts.