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2007-2008 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2007-2008 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of . . . Elementary . . . Education

Elementary Education: Middle School Option Elementary Certificate (K-9)

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(BS in Education)

With Subject Area Endorsement

Two distinct options are offered through the Elementary Education Curriculum: General and Middle School. Both lead to an Elementary (kindergarten through grade nine) Certificate. In the General option, emphasis is on kindergarten through grade six, while in the Middle School option the emphasis is on grades five through eight and includes a subject matter endorsement for teaching in grades 5-9.

This major requires that all students (including native, dual majors, transfer students from community colleges or senior institutions, internal transfers, and post-baccalaureate) follow and meet the requirements for Admission, Retention, and Graduation from Teacher Certification programs as described in the “Teacher Certification Programs” section of this catalog and as explained at the University Admission to Teacher Education Meeting which all students must attend.  Additional information on Admission, Retention and Graduation for Teacher Certification programs can be found on the College of Education & Professional Studies website at www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached.

All students must pass the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills for selection into teacher education and should complete this requirement no later than their sophomore year.

Students must receive a “C” or better in all professional education courses and maintain a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.65 in order to continue in the program.

Departmental Requirements (in addition to University General Education Requirements)

Some courses may also count toward University general education requirements.  Consult with Departmental Advisor.

English elective from General Education Humanities courses.

Art, Music, or Theatre Arts from General Education Fine Arts courses.


6 semester hours of social and behavioral sciences from the following areas/disciplines: anthropology, geography, economics, history, political science and sociology.  Two areas/disciplines must be represented.  The following courses can be used to meet both university general education and departmental requirements:

Professional Course Work

  • Concentration.  Credits:  18


1 Students selecting Mathematics subject area are exempt from MAT 3420.

2 MLE 4000 must be taken twice.

3 Students will student teach in Grades 4-6 or in a multi-disciplinary middle-level school assignment through Grade 8.

4 Taken concurrently with Block I. Consult Departmental Advisor for appropriate course.

5 Must be taken prior to student teaching

Elementary Education: Middle School Option Concentration

Elementary Education majors pursuing the Middle School Option must select a concentration from the list below. Each concentration requires 18 semester hours, 6 of which must be at the upper division level. Courses used to satisfy other General Education requirements cannot be applied toward the concentration, with the possible exception of the diversity course which may be included in the concentration if appropriate.

Students wishing to receive an endorsement in any area in order to be able to teach in a departmentalized Junior High or Middle School (grades 5-9), must check with their advisors for specific requirements.


Eighteen semester hours of course work, six must be at the upper division level. Must include ENG 2901 and an advanced composition course, a course in American Literature, and an upper division course in children’s literature such as ENG 3405 or 4903.

General Science

Eighteen semester hours of course work, six must be at the upper division level. At least two courses from biological science and two from physical science must be represented. Courses must include BIO 1100 and one of the following courses: BIO 1200G or 1300G. A total program must include both Chemistry and Physics.


Eighteen semester hours of course work, six must be at the upper division level. At least three of the following areas must be represented: A) calculus; B) modern algebra or number theory; C) geometry; D) computer science; E) probability and statistics; or F) history of mathematics. Methods courses are not acceptable. An algebra course should be included in a student’s total program.

Social Science

Eighteen semester hours of course work, six must be at the upper division level. Two disciplines must be represented with a minimum of two courses from each discipline. Courses must include HIS 2010 or 2020, world civilization, a course in non-U.S. history and electives from Economics, Geography, and Political Science.


Selection to Teacher Education programs should occur following the freshman year but no later than the end of the sophomore year (for transfer students this should occur no later than the end of their first semester. Selection requires that students pass the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills.

University Approval to Take Teacher Education Courses should occur at the end of the first semester junior year with Formal University Admission to Teacher Education occurring at the end of the junior year. See the Teacher Certification Program section of this catalog for more information.

Departmental Approval to Student Teach must be granted prior to Student Teaching. Students must also pass the Illinois Certification Subject Area test for Elementary Education prior to student teaching.

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