Major Requirements - Elementary Education

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2018-2019 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

Required Elementary Education Courses: 63 semester hours

  • EDU2100 Foundations of Teaching and Learning (4)
  • EDU2260 Learning Theories and Application K–12 (4)
  • EDU2300 Technology for Teachers (4)
  • EDU3120 Methods/Materials for Teaching ESLs (4)
  • EDU3330 Science Inquiry Methods (4)
  • EDU3350 Democracy, Diversity and Social Justice for Teachers (4)
  • EDU3355 Assessment (4)
  • EDU3360 Mathematics Methods (4)
  • EDU3365 Reading/Language Arts in Primary Grades (4)
  • EDU3380 Reading/Language Arts for Teaching Reading/LA Grades 3–6 (4)
  • EDU3420 Fine Arts Methods (2)
  • EDU3500 Physical Education Methods (2)
  • EDU4750 Student Teaching (13)
  • EDU4760 Student Teaching Seminar/Capstone (2)
  • SPED2120 Characteristics and Identification of Disabilities and the Law (4) 

Areas of Endorsement/Minor:

The program features 20 hours of electives allowing students to minor in such areas as ESL/Bilingual, special education or STEM. These minors, in particular, facilitate students to be more highly qualified and very marketable upon graduation. Other acceptable areas of endorsement/minor: art, biology, English, ESL/bilingual, STEM, health education, general science, history, mathematics, music, physical science, political science, social studies, sociology, Spanish, theatre, special education, and others approved by the student’s advisor. The Crouse Center can provide advisement about requirements for endorsements or specific minors.

Courses Required for Professional Educator License Elementary Education: 91-105 semester hours
The requirements of the state of Illinois for licensure in elementary education (grades 1–6) are outcome based. Our program consists of a series of courses that enable candidates to meet the required outcomes. The outcomes of these courses are aligned with both the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (IPTS), InTasc, and the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI) standards. These outcomes are met not only in Aurora University’s education courses but also in many of the courses required to meet Aurora University’s general education requirements. In meeting the requirements of licensure, candidates also meet the requirements of general education. The following courses are required to meet these outcomes: 

8 semester hours in communication

  • ENG1000 Introduction to Academic Writing (4)
  • ENG3180 Multicultural Literature for Children (2)
  • ENG3190 Multicultural Literature for Young Adults (2)

12 semester hours in mathematics

  • MTH1210 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (4)
    and MTH1220 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II (4)
  • 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)

8 semester hours in social sciences

  • HIS1210 American History II (4)
  • PSY3350 Child and Adolescent Psychology (4)

8 semester hours in science

  • BIO1150 Life Science for Teachers (4)
  • NSM1400 Earth and Space Science (4)

Elective Courses: Candidates will have 20 hours of electives. They are encouraged to use these electives towards a STEM or Special Education minor, or an ESL/ bilingual endorsement.

Students in the Elementary Education program (graduating after September 2017) are required to show proficiency in Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) College Algebra and Statistics standards.