Sep 24, 2021
(BS in Education)
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.
12 semester hours of science to include:
BIO 1001G and one course from the following list:
English elective from General Education Humanities courses.
Art, Music, or Theatre Arts course 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 (see list below). Credits: 15
Concentrations for Elementary Education: General Option
Elementary Education majors pursuing the General Option must select a concentration from the list below. Each concentration requires 15 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.
Fifteen semester hours of course work, six must be at the upper division level. Must include ENG 2901 or an advanced composition (or writing) course above the freshman level, one course in American Literature, and a course in children’s literature.
Fifteen 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. Select from Art, Music or Theater Arts.
Fifteen semester hours of course work, six must be at the upper division level.
Fifteen semester hours of course work selected from two areas, six must be at the upper division level. Two disciplines must be represented with a minimum of two courses from each discipline. Select from Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology and Physics.
Fifteen semester hours of course work other than methods courses, six must be at the upper division level.
Fifteen 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. One course in world civilization must be included. Select from Economics, Geography, History and Political Science.
The student should consult with his/her advisor to develop the study plan best suited to his/her needs and interests.
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.