Major Requirements - Elementary Education

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to a major in the School of Education. Only students who have been accepted into the School of Education may take methods courses.

Admission Criteria

To be admitted to the elementary education program, a candidate must have completed an application form to the School of Education; earned a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; passed the Illinois Test of Basic Skills; passed an FBI fingerprint check and National Sex Offender list check; and have a current (within the last year) TB test.

Retention Criteria

Candidates must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 to remain in the elementary education major. Candidates must earn a grade of "C" or better in both English composition courses (ENG 1010 and ENG 2010) and both mathematics for elementary teachers (MTH 1210 and MTH 1220). In order to enroll in methods courses, a candidate must be a fully admitted School of Education student. Candidates must have passed the Illinois State Board of Education Elementary Middle School Content Area Test in order to student teach.

Exit Criteria

Candidates must show satisfactory progress in order to be recommended for teacher certification, including completion of all required coursework and credit hours, including student teaching; and successful completion of the Illinois State Board of Education Assessment of Professional Teaching Test.

The School of Education is continuously redesigning its programs based on both current research and its conceptual framework. Students must be aware that there is the possibility that this redesign may alter some of the requirements currently stated in this catalog and their program could be subject to these changes.

Required Elementary Education Courses: 67 semester hours
EDU2100 Foundations of Teaching and Learning (4)
EDU2260 Learning Theories and Application K-12 (4)
EDU2300 Technology for Teachers (3)
EDU3330 Science Inquiry Methods (4)
EDU3350 Democracy, Diversity and Social Justice for Teachers (4)
EDU3355 Assessment (3)
EDU3360 Mathematics Methods (4)
EDU3365 Reading/Language Arts in Primary Grades (4)
EDU3380 Reading/Language Arts for Intermediate/Middle School (4)
EDU3420 Fine Arts Methods (1)
EDU3500 Physical Education Methods (1)
EDU/SPED3510 Diverse Teaching /ELL/SPED Diversity (3)
EDU4750 Student Teaching (10)
EDU4760 Student Teaching Seminar/Capstone (3)
SPED2120 Characteristics and Identification of Disabilities and the Law (4)
SPED/EDU3610 Linguistics for Teaching English Language Learners (3)
SPED3750 Prosocial Skills and Challenging Behaviors (3)
SPED3850 Assistive Technology (1)*
SPED4620 Collaboration and Co-teaching (4)


Courses required for Professional Educator License in Elementary Education: 89-95 semester hours
10 semester hours in communication
A course in English composition
IDS1600 Culture, Diversity and Expression
ENG2810 Grammar (2)


10 semester hours in mathematics
MTH1210 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (3) and MTH1220 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II (3) 
Students who have completed course equivalents to MTH1210 and MTH1220 will also need to take a course equivalent to MTH1100 or demonstrate competency through examination.
NSM2500 Integrated Mathematics and Science for Teachers (4)


16 semester hours in social sciences
HIS1210 American History II (4)
IDS2040 Global Justice (4) 
OR
IDS2000 Wellness and Social Responsibility (4)
IDS2020 Trajectories of Human History (4) 
OR
PSC2110 Introduction to U. S. Government (4)
4 semester hours of Ways of Knowing: Ourselves and Others
IDS1610 Being Human: Ethics and Morality (from the ground up) (4)
OR
IDS1600 Culture, Diversity and Expression (4)


12 semester hours in science
NSM1300 Earth Science (4)
IDS2030 Science and Society (4)
OR 
BIO2200 Humans and the Environment (4)


10 semester hours
Junior Collaborative Research Cornerstone or 3000/4000 Elective (4)
Humanities Elective (4)
Senior Research Capstone or Elective (2)
NOTE: For those individuals seeking a middle school endorsement, completion of EDU3440 Middle School Missions and Methods (4) is required.


Elective Courses: Among the courses that may be taken as electives are:
EDU2750 Clinical Immersion in Elementary Education II (1)
EDU3180 Multicultural Literature for Children (2)
EDU3190 Multicultural Literature for Young Adults (2)
EDU3440 Middle School Mission and Methods (4)
EDU3750 Clinical Immersion in Elementary Education III (1)
EDU3751 Clinical Immersion in Elementary Education IV (1)
EDU4360 Methods of Teaching Math: Middle School (3)
PSY3350 Child and Adolescent Psychology (4)