The goal of each of the Elementary Education programs is to prepare knowledgeable
and competent practitioners who are dedicated to serving the educational needs of
all K-8 learners.
The Department of Elementary Education offers three Elementary Education programs:
- a Bachelor’s degree
- a Non-Degree Certification Program for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in
an area other than education, and
- a Master of Arts in Teaching program for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in
an area other than education.
All programs offer two options:
- Elementary Education, or
- Elementary Education with a Middle School Option;
Completion of each program qualifies candidates for a Type 03 (K-9) Illinois Teaching
Certificate with middle grade (5-8) endorsements in language arts and social sciences.
Other endorsements can be chosen as part of the concentration requirement.
Candidates seeking the Bachelor’s Degree complete 125 credit hours of coursework in
||54 credit hours
|Area of Concentration
||15 credit hours
||56 credit hours
Transfer students who begin their college experience at an Illinois community college
should refer to the university Transfer Guides to carefully select courses which will
transfer seamlessly. The Transfer Guides can be found HERE.
Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in a field other than education may choose to
complete only those courses which will lead to certification or to Middle School Endorsements.
Candidates seeking the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree complete 34 credit hours
of Master’s level work plus 17 credit hours in additional course work for certification.
An action research project thesis will be completed and the final Comprehensive Exam
will be taken prior to student teaching.
In addition to coursework, candidates complete approximately 200 clock hours of field
experiences in elementary and middle schools prior to student teaching.
- These experiences include observation, tutoring, teacher aiding, and teaching in elementary
- The final field experience, student teaching, places candidates in an elementary or
middle grade classroom all day, everyday for 16 weeks.
After admission to the university, candidates must eventually apply to the College
of Education in order to take restricted professional education courses. In addition
to other requirements, candidates must pass the Illinois Certification Test of Basic
Skills prior to applying for admission to the College of Education.
Successfully completion of the Illinois Content Area Certification exam in Elementary/Middle
Grades is required prior to student teaching, and successful completion of the Assessment
of Professional Teaching Certification exam is required prior to graduation/certification.
All candidates must provide evidence of a recent TB test, and a recent fingerprint
background check before completing any field experiences.
Contact Us: Education Building, Room 318, (773)821-2831