Elementary Education

Program Requirements

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.

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