Apr 22, 2024  
2019-2020 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of . . . Elementary . . . Education

Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) (B.S. in Education)

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Total Semester Hours Required for the Degree: 123-126 semester hours

The Elementary Education curriculum prepares candidates to teach reading, writing, science, mathematics, social studies, critical thinking skills, and problem solving strategies to elementary school students from grades one through six.

This major requires that all students (including native, 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 Licensure programs as described in the “Teacher Licensure 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 Licensure programs can be found on the College of Education website at https://www.eiu.edu/coe/teached.php.

Students must receive a “C” or better in all courses used toward graduation, regardless of where they are taken. This includes general education, professional education, major and minor courses, all university required courses, and electives. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.65 in order to continue in the program.

Professional Course Work (65 semester hours)

All professional education coursework must be completed with a “C” or better prior to student teaching.

Departmental Requirements (in addition to University General Education Requirements)

University General Education and additional departmental required courses: 55-58 semester hours

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


Elective from General Education Humanities courses. Credits: 3


Art, Music, or Theatre Arts course from General Education Fine Arts courses. Credits: 3


1 A complete program must include a lab in chemistry, physics, or earth 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). 

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 Licensure Program section of this catalog for more information.

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

Students must pass the edTPA (teacher performance assessment) before they can receive their teaching license from Illinois or any other state. Students will make their edTPA submission during student teaching.

Major GPA based on all coursework taken at EIU.


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