The elementary education program is designed for individuals who wish to teach children from grades K-6 (or through grade 8 in schools organized in a K-8 model), leads to a master of arts degree and prepares candidates to pursue an Illinois Professional Educator License with an Endorsement in Elementary Education. The program requires successful completion of the general education courses, professional education courses and core courses.
General Education Course Requirements
The general education courses, which address requirements for Illinois licensure, may have been met within the candidate's undergraduate studies. A review of the candidate's transcript(s) will indicate if any general education deficiencies exist. Candidates may choose to take the CLEP exam to resolve deficiencies in the areas of fine arts, history or American government, health and nutrition. Deficiencies in the areas of literature, math and science must be resolved through coursework.
Graduate students seeking an elementary education license are required to have one course in each of the following areas:
- writing or composition
- natural science, with a lab
- U.S. history or American government
- health or nutrition
- fine arts
- children's literature
Professional Education Course Requirements for the License (35 to 38 credits*):
- EDGEL 410: Elementary Education Practicum (for Certified Teachers Only in lieu of Student Teaching) (3-6)
- EDGEL 411: Principles and Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle School (3)
- EDGEL 412: Principles and Methods of Teaching Science and Health in the Elementary and Middle School (3)
- EDGSP 413: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3)
- EDGEL 418: Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3)
- EDGEL 400: Lab/Field Experience in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies in the Elementary School* (1-3)
- EDGEL 419: Diagnostic Teaching and Assessment of Reading in the Elementary School (3)
- EDGEL 421: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (3)
- EDGEL 445: Seminar in Teaching and Learning (all sections of 445 are cross-listed) (2)
- EDGEL 446: Directed Teaching – Elementary (6)
- EDGEL 470: Orientation to the Profession of Teaching (0)
- EDGEL 506: Advanced Child Development (Cross listed with EDGEC 506) (3)
*Graduate students in the elementary education program must complete 3 credits of EDGEL 400 Field Experience in reading, math, science and social studies at a site decided by the School of Education. Required number of credits for EDGEL 400 varies for licensed teachers seeking a subsequent license in elementary education or for those who teach in their own classrooms under a provisional license.
Core Course Requirements (12 or 15 Credit Hours**):
- EDGCC 511: Foundations of Education (3)
- EDGCC 512: Assessment of Instruction and Learning (Required for Certification) (3)
- EDGCC 513: Educational Research Design and Development (3)
- EDGCC 514: Scholarship of Teaching: Finalizing the Inquiry Process (3)
**35 to 38 credit hours of professional education courses for a license for not-licensed teachers, plus 9 or 12 credit hours of core courses for degree. Requirement varies for licensed teachers pursuing a subsequent license.
Candidates for a master of arts degree in education who are enrolled in any individualized program such as elementary education are required to complete EDGCC 511, 512 and 513.
Candidates who choose to complete the research study must enroll in EDGCC 514. In lieu of enrolling in EDGCC 514 and completing a research study, candidates may enroll in two additional graduate courses in education at Saint Xavier University. The two courses should further the candidate's professional goals and the courses selected must be approved by the faculty adviser.