Elementary Education

The elementary education program prepares candidates to teach children from kindergarten though grade 8. Completion of the program leads to a bachelor of science degree and prepares candidates to obtain an Illinois Type 03 certificate and eligibility to apply for middle school endorsements. The program consists of general education, area of concentration and professional education courses that address requirements for graduation and the State of Illinois requirements for certification.

General Education Courses

  1. Three (9) writing/communication skills courses, to include one (3) in written communication, one (3) in oral communication and one (3) in literature.
  2. Three (9) mathematics courses, to include two (6) in mathematics foundations for teachers and one (3) in statistics for teachers.
  3. Three (9) natural sciences courses, to include a life/biological science course, a physical sciences course and one course must include a laboratory component.
  4. Five (15) history/social science courses, to include one (3) in U.S. history, one (3) in U.S. government, one (3) in geography, one (3) additional elective in history and one (3) in general psychology.
  5. Two (6) literature and fine arts courses.
  6. One (2) health and physical development course.
  7. Philosophy 150 and one (3) elective in philosophy.
  8. Two (6) religious studies courses.
  9. Additional study in an approved area of concentration. This consists of (18) of study, (9) of which must be taken at the 200 level or higher at a 4-year institution; approved single discipline areas are: art, biology, computer science, English, history, mathematics, music, physical education, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish; interdisciplinary concentrations include: math/computer science, humanities, social science, language arts, general science, ESL/bilingual.
  10. University General Education requirements in Diversity Studies, Global Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies may be satisfied by other courses in general education, the area of concentration, and professional education.

Required Professional Education Courses

EDU 205
or
PSYCH 200
and
Child Growth and Development
or
Child Development
and
(3)

(3)
EDU 200 The Profession of Teaching (3)
EDUL 200 Orientation to the Profession of Teaching (0)
EDU 313* Principles and Methods of Teaching Science and Social Studies in the Elementary School (3)
EDUL 313* Lab; Methods of Teaching Science and Social Studies in the Elementary School (1)
EDU 318* Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3)
EDUL 318* Lab; Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (1)
EDU 323 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3)
EDU 336* Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (3)
EDUL 336* Lab; Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (1)
EDU 341 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
EDU 343* Diagnostic Teaching and Assessment of Reading in the Elementary School (3)
EDU 344 Learning Theory and Instructional Practice (2)
EDUL 344 Learning Theory and Instructional Practice Lab (1)
EDU 345* Seminar in Teaching and Learning (2)
EDU 350* Directed Teaching-Elementary (6)
EDU 359* Methods, Curriculum, and Philosophy of Teaching in the Middle School (3)
PSYCH 201 Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood (3)

* Enrollment requires admission to the School of Education

Recommended Sequence of Courses

EDU 200 The Profession of Teaching (3)
EDU 205
or
PSYCH 200
Child Growth and Development
or
Child Development
(3)

(3)
EDU 323 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3)
EDU 341 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
EDU 344 Learning Theory and Instructional Practice (2)
EDU 318 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3)
EDU 336 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (3)
PSYCH 201 Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood (3)
EDU 343 Diagnostic Teaching and Assessment of Reading in the Elementary School (3)
EDU 313 Principles and Methods of Teaching Science and Social Studies in the Elementary School (3)
EDU 359 Methods, Curriculum, and Philosophy of Teaching in the Middle School (3)
EDU 345 Seminar in Teaching and Learning (2-3)
EDU 350 Directed Teaching Elementary Education (6)

Requirements for Degree

Candidates in the elementary program major in education and must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in education, a minimum of 18 credit hours in an approved subject area concentration, the University core requirements, and additional certification requirements. CLEP credit cannot be used to fulfill upper-level area of concentration or professional education requirements.

( ) = credit hours / / = classroom hours

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