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Quincy University's Elementary Education program is centered on providing you real-world experience in elementary classrooms. Quincy's Professional Development School (PDS) model will place you in a local school during your first education course, providing you with opportunities that bring to life the topics you're learning about in textbooks. Rooted in years of educational research, the PDS approach provides early and consistent exposure to a wide range of professional activities that build proficiency and leadership long before the first day of student teaching.

Our courses are taught by experienced educators who are dedicated to mentoring the teachers of the future. The result? Quincy graduates enter their first jobs with exceptional preparation for the challenges of contemporary education.

Quincy's certification program in Elementary Education offers a bachelor of science degree and is designed for those who plan to teach Kindergarten through ninth grade. These candidates may elect to pursue a dual certification in Special Education. The following programs are also available:

• Secondary certification
        o Biological Sciences
        o English
        o Social Sciences/History
        o Mathematics
• K – 12 certification
        o Music
        o Physical Education
• Reading Endorsement (other endorsements available)
• Accelerated Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

For more information about the Elementary Education program, feel free to contact:

Dr. Ann Behrens
Dean, School of Education
217-228-5432 ext. 3106
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ELE 315     Children’s Literature
Credit Hours: 3
Selecting and evaluating materials for children from pre-school to eighth grade to guide their reading in keeping with their needs, interests, and abilities with a view to enjoyment and curriculum enrichment in the elementary school. Course content covers elements of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc., expands knowledge of a multitude of current and classic children’s books as well as ways to implement the usage of books within various curriculums. This course does not apply to general education requirements. Recommended corequisite: ELE 316 and 317.

ELE 316     Teaching Reading/Language Arts I
Credit Hours: 3
This course surveys contemporary language arts curricula in the elementary and middle school grades. Theories and models of language arts, current literacy issues and trends, content area reading and writing, as well as instructional methods and materials are presented and reviewed. Practical application of class study is provided through an accompanying supervised, one-credit laboratory. Prerequisites: EDU 214 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Taken concurrently with ELE 317.

ELE 317    Reading Laboratory
Credit Hours: 1
Students enrolled in ELE 316 tutor children in the Reading Center. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Taken concurrently with ELE 316.

ELE 318    Teaching Reading/Language Arts II
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a degree requirement for all elementary education majors. This course is interactive, participatory, and reflective. As part of the course requirement, students will go into assigned classrooms in which to observe and implement what they are learning. They will see firsthand the theories, issues, methods, management, materials, and assessment impacting effective teaching. Students will see how reading, writing, speaking, and listening act as processes for learning across the curriculum. This course is designed to deepen students’ understanding of and experience in implementing research-based instruction of reading and writing. Students will come to understand that reading and writing are not only skills to be acquired and used, but are an integral part of the way we learn to understand our world. The course will emphasize the active nature of reading comprehension and fluency and the role writing plays in the literacy picture. Prerequisites for this course are ELE 315, 316, 317, and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 321     Mathematics Methods in the Elementary/Middle School
Credit Hours: 3
Objectives, content, methods, materials, and evaluation of mathematics instruction in the elementary and middle school. This course explores effective strategies for engaging pupils, including those in special education, in active mathematical investigation by emphasizing problem-solving, reasoning, communication, manipulatives, and technology. Students are required to spend a minimum of ten (10) hours of observation and teaching in a regular K-8 classroom. Prerequisites: MAT 110 and 111, EDU 214, and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 331     Social Studies Methods in the Elementary School
Credit Hours: 3
Objectives, content, methods, materials, and evaluation of social studies instruction in elementary school. Prerequisite: EDU 214 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Offered fall and summer.

ELE 351     Science Methods in the Elementary School
Credit Hours: 3
Objectives, content, methods, materials, and evaluation of science instruction in elementary school. Prerequisite: EDU 214 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 359     Diagnostic and Remediation of Reading and Language Arts
Credit Hours: 3
An extension of ELE 318 covering evaluating the reading and language abilities of individual children through instruction in a classroom setting. Includes group and individual evaluation, informal and formal assessments, selection of materials, and instructional strategies to meet the needs of individual learners. Practical application of class study is provided through the accompanying supervised Practicum I. Prerequisites: ELE 315, 316, 317, 318, and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: ELE 360.

ELE 360     Remedial Reading Practicum I
Credit Hours: 3
Supervised laboratory experience providing practical experience in diagnosing and remediating the literacy needs of children enrolled in the Reading Center. Assessment and instructional data are collated for parents in progress reports at the end of the term. Taken concurrently with ELE 359. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 370-9 Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics in elementary education depending upon demand and staff.

ELE 459    Advanced Methods in Teaching Reading and Writing
Credit Hours: 3
An advanced course in teaching reading and writing strategies through explicit instruction. Formal and informal assessment procedures, selection of quality teaching materials, and overview of professional journals will be covered. Prerequisite: ELE 316, 317, 318, 359, 360, and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: ELE 460.

ELE 460    Remedial Reading Practicum II
Credit Hours: 1-3
Supervised laboratory experience in remediating the literacy needs of children enrolled in the Reading Center. Assessment results are reviewed, appropriate instructional responses implemented and exhibited through the teacher work sample documenting all aspects of assessing and designing results based on series of instruction. Course taken concurrently with ELE 459. Prerequisite: ELE 316, 317, 318, 359, 360, and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 470-9 Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics in elementary education depending upon demand and staff.

Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science

Advanced Placement Opportunities:
Certain general education requirements of the University may be fulfilled with credit by examination. However, no courses in professional or elementary education may be replaced by credit by examination.

General education requirements for baccalaureate degree, p. 8 of the 2011-2012 Course Catalog.

Complete the pre-professional courses (EDU 213, EDU 214, SPE 229, and ELE 240 or their graduate-level equivalents) with a grade of "C" or better.

Field Experiences (EDU 290, 291, 390, 391).

32 hours in elementary education including ELE 240, 315, 316, 317, 318, 321, 331, 351, 365, 381, and 499 and a 3-hour elective.

MAT 124 Applied College Algebra with a grade of "C" or better; COM 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking; 3 hours of Introduction to Psychology; 3 hours of American History; SPE 229 Survey Exceptional Students; 7 hours in science; 3 hours of U.S. Government; 3 hours of Global Studies; and PED 265 Personal Health and Wellness.

Successful completion of student teaching (EDU/ELE 494) and a weekly seminar (ELE 499).

ENG 111-112 Composition & Texts I & II completed with a grade of "C" or better, or the demonstrated equivalent competency.

All courses counting toward certification must have a "C" or above.

Illinois State Standards require knowledge and skill for elementary teachers in the area of Special Education. Elementary majors may choose to enhance their preparation in the area of Special Education by choosing additional "outside-of-the major area" and "additional electives" in Special Education. Eighteen semester hours may constitute a minor in Special Education. (See minor in Special Education.)

Demonstrate professional disposition in coursework and field experiences.

Program Requirements: Dual Certification — Elementary/Special Education:
A dual certification option enables a declared elementary education major or a declared special education major to seek certification in both elementary and special education. This combination will necessarily increase the program length of the current standard elementary education major from 124 to approximately 135-140 semester hours and lengthen the current special education major approximately 5-10 semester hours; however, the combination will significantly enhance preparation, employment opportunities, and employment flexibility for elementary and special education majors. Specific program planning and guidance sheets for this combination will be available to assist students who pursue this combined certification option.

Requirements for a Minor in Special Education:
Illinois State Standards require knowledge and skill in the area of special education. This minor does not lead to Special Education Certification. Eighteen (18) hours are required for a special education minor. SPE 229, 239, 310, 465, and 6 additional credit hours in special education.
The hands-on learning opportunities provided by our Professional Development School model, in addition to our curriculum, prepare graduates to be leaders in education. Our students have maintained high levels of placement in the schools of their choice, and they have been honored for professional achievement. Our graduates can be found in these positions:
  • Research Assistant, The Hechinger Institute
  • Coordinator, Los Angles Parks and Recreation
  • Owner and Director, Child Development Center
  • Music and Band Directors
  • Principals, District and Regional Superintendents
  • Recipients of Teacher of the Year and Golden Apple Award

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