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Elementary Education Program


The Elementary Education Program prepares candidates to teach in grades 1 through 6. Completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and prepares candidates to obtain an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with an endorsement in elementary education as well as a Reading Teacher endorsement. The Elementary Education Program consists of general education and professional education courses that address requirements for graduation and the State of Illinois requirements for licensure.

University General Education and Illinois State Board of Education Coursework Requirements

Level I courses

    • TRANS 100: Transitions (1)
    • FYS 175: First-Year Seminar (3)
    • PHIL 140: The Examined Life (3)
    • ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing (3)
    • COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)
    • Mathematics (1 course)

Level II courses  

  • 2 Natural Science courses
    • Life Science (3)
    • Physical Science (3)
  • 2 Social Science courses
    • 2 different disciplines (6)
  • 2 History courses (6)
  • 2 courses in Art, Humanities, Literature, Music
    • 2 different disciplines (6)
  • 1 200 or 300 level Philosophy course (in addition to PHIL 140 or PHIL 150) (3)
  • 2 Religious Studies courses (6)

Level III Diversity and Global Studies

    • 2 courses in Diversity Studies (6)
    • 2 courses in Global Studies/Foreign Languages (6) 

Note: Students complete the two-course requirement in diversity studies and the two-course requirement in global studies while completing either program requirements in their major or general education requirements in Level II. General education requirements in global studies and diversity studies should not add additional hours in the general education program.

The Illinois State Board of Education requires the following subject-specific content coursework for a Professional Educator License with Elementary Education endorsement. These courses also fulfill many of the general education requirements listed above.

  • POLSCI 101: Introduction to US Government (3)
  • HIST 102: World History Since 1500 (3)
  • SOCSCI 101: World Geography (3)
  • HIST 190: Economic Development in U.S. History
  • BIOL 101: Principles and Methods of Biology (3)
  • PHSCI 201: Physical Science for Teachers (3)
  • PHSCI 202: Earth and Space Science for Educators (3)
  • MATH 112: College Algebra (3)

8-Semester Course of Study

Freshman I (16)

  • EDU 103: Professional Educators Seminar I (0)
  • TRANS 100: Transitions (1)
  • FYS 175: (Religious Studies) (3)
  • ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing (3)
  • PHIL 140: The Examined Life (3)
  • POLSCI 101: Intro to US Government (3)
  • Fine Arts Elective (3)

Freshman II (15)

  • EDU 104: Professional Educators Seminar II (0)
  • MATH 112: College Algebra (3)
  • COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)
  • Philosophy Elective (200+) (3)
  • HIST 102: World History Since 1500 (3)
  • Literature Elective (Global Studies) (3)

Sophomore I (17)

  • EDU 105: Professional Educators Seminar III (0)
  • EDU 110: Introduction to Educational Technology (2)
  • EDU 209: Literature for Children and Adolescents (3)
  • MATH 121: Math for Teachers I (3)
  • Religious Studies Elective (Global Studies) (3)
  • SOCSCI 101: World Geography (3)
  • BIOL 101: Principles and Methods of Biology (3)

Sophomore II (18)

  • EDU 206: Elementary Mentoring/edTPA Seminar I - Hybrid (2)
  • EDU 205: Child Growth and Development (3)
  • EDU 323: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)
  • EDU 282: Reading Informational Text in the Content Areas (3)
  • EDU 364: Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • EDUL 211: Sophomore II Field Experience Block (1)
  • MATH 122: Math for Teachers II (3)

Junior I (18)

  • EDU 207: Elementary Mentoring/edTPA Seminar II - Hybrid (2)
  • EDU 200: Introduction to the Profession of Teaching (3)
  • EDUL 200: SOE Orientation (0)
  • EDU 339: Managing the Elementary Classroom: Behavior Management and Instructional Planning (2)
  • EDU 318: Foundations and Methods of Literacy and Language Arts (3)
  • EDUL 221: Junior I Field Experience Block (1)
  • PHSCI 201: Physical Science for Teachers (4)
  • HIST 190: Economic Development in U.S. History (3)

Junior II (18)

  • EDU 208: Elementary Mentoring/EdTPA Seminar III - Hybrid  (2)
  • EDU 243: Principles and Methods of Teaching Science, Health and PE in the Elementary School (2)
  • EDU 244: Principles and Methods of Teaching Social Science and the Arts in the Elementary School (2)
  • EDU 383: Supporting Struggling Readers in the Regular Classroom Setting: Instruction, Support, Materials and Resources for the Supplemental Curriculum (3)
  • EDU 242: Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision (3)
  • EDUL 242 Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision LAB (0)
  • EDU 284: Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum (2)
  • EDUL 231: Junior II Field Experience Block (1)
  • PHSCI 202: Earth and Space Science for Educators (3)

Senior I

  1. EDU 385: Developing Proficient Readers: Instruction, Support, Materials and Resources for the Core Curriculum (3)
  2. EDU 343: Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems (3)
  3. EDU 336: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  4. EDUP 395: Literacy Practicum (2)
  5. EDUP 389: Math Practicum I (1)
  6. EDU 322: Student Teaching I (3)
  7. EDU 392: Student Teaching Seminar I (3)

Senior II

  • EDU 394: Student Teaching Seminar II (3)
  • EDU 350: Student Teaching II (9)

Requirements in this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state and local levels.