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 and Materials for Teaching ESL’s (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)

Courses Required for Professional Educator License:

The requirements of the State of Illinois for licensure in elementary education are outcomes 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 the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (IPTS), the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI) standards, the Illinois State Board of Education Content and Social Emotional standards, InTASC standards, Aurora University School of Education and Human Performance standards, and the Aurora University Conceptual Framework. 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 English 

  • ENG 1000 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)
  • MTH1220 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II (4)
  • NSM2500 Integrated Mathematics and Science for Teachers (4)

8 semester hours in social sciences

  • HIS1210 American History II (since 1877) (4)
  • PSY3350 Child and Adolescent Psychology (4)

8 semester hours in science

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

Elective Courses: Candidates will have 16-20 hours of electives. They are encouraged to use these electives towards a STEM or Special Education Minor, or an ESL/Bilingual Endorsement.

Areas of Endorsement/Minor
The following are acceptable areas of endorsement/minor:

Biology, Bilingual/ESL, health education, STEM, mathematics, music, Spanish, and Special Education.

It is strongly advised candidates take the required coursework necessary for an ESL/ Bilingual, STEM, and/or special education endorsement to make them more marketable and more highly qualified. The Crouse Center can provide advisement about specific requirements for endorsements.