DuPage Regional Office of Education
Teacher In-Service for DuPage Educators (TIDE)
The TIDE program is designed to produce graduate school course in partnership with participating universities and workshops/seminars/conferences 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 valid Illinois teaching certificates.
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.
Course Material Fees. In most courses, textbooks are required at the student’s expense. The TIDE Course Catalog will identify required textbooks and any additional fees. Course materials fees are charged depending on the nature of the course. Students should bring a personal check for course material fees to the first class session.
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 at www.dupage.k12.il.us. Follow the links to “Teacher In-service for DuPage Educators (TIDE)” then to “Tide Registration”. 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.
Contact Us. TIDE Program Contacts. (Sue Fors is the primary contact for this program.)