Aurora University

Elementary Education (BA)

Why study Elementary Education at AU Woodstock Center?

Our Elementary Education “2+2” transfer program provides a pathway for aspiring educators who complete required prerequisite courses at a community college or another institution and transfer to AU Woodstock Center to complete the courses necessary for a Professional Educator License (PEL) for Grades 1-6.

What do I need prior to transferring to AU Woodstock Center?
  • Have your transcripts reviewed to determine what prerequisites have been met by previous coursework.
  • Follow the recommended Elementary Transfer Guide for McHenry County College to AU Woodstock Center for the smoothest transfer experience.
  • Update the staff at AU Woodstock Center on your progress as you complete prerequisite courses.

Program quick facts
  • Program length: 60 semester hours of coursework, including 16 weeks of student teaching during the final semester.
  • Program structure: Cohort format with evening courses that meet year-round (2021-2023 Fall, Spring, and Summer terms).
  • Tuition: View current rates

Additional endorsements

Once you hold a PEL, you can add additional content area endorsements at any grade level even if the underlying teaching endorsement is a different grade range. The PEL serves as a foundation to which any teaching endorsement can be added after applicable coursework and testing are completed.

BA in Elementary Education students will complete three of the six required courses necessary to receive an ESL/Bilingual Endorsement. The additional required courses can be taken at AU Woodstock Center.

Career possibilities

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Child life specialist
  • Educational materials salesperson
  • Grant writer
  • Instructional coach

Career options with additional education

  • College/university instructor
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Guidance counselor
  • Librarian
  • Reading specialist
  • School psychologist
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Special education administrator
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselor