ELEMENTARY EDUCATION/BACHELOR OF ARTS
Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 47
I. Professional Education Courses for Initial Elementary (K-9) Certification
05-240 Instructional Methods, K-9, with Clinical Experience I (25 Clinical hrs.) (3)
05-300 Elementary Clinical Experience II (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
05-301 Educational Psychology (3)
53-304 Technology for Teaching and Learning (2)
05-340 Methods of Teaching Science and Health, K-9 (3)
05-341 The Middle School Model (3)
05-352 Methods of Teaching Mathematics, K-9 (3)
05-353 Methods of Teaching Reading and the Integrated Language Arts, K-3 (3)
05-354 Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Multicultural Education, K-9 (3)
55-357 Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities (3)
53-360 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
05-372 Integrating the Fine Arts in Education (1)
05-400 Elementary Clinical Experience III (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
05-409 Child and Adolescent Literature (3)
05-471 Methods of Teaching Reading and the Integrated Language Arts, 4-9 (3)
05-480 Elementary Student Teaching (9)
II. Recommended Electives for Elementary Certification
54-363 Consultation and Collaboration for Educators (3)
02-250 Environmental Science for Educators (3)
The state requirements for middle school endorsement are infused in Lewis' approved elementary education courses.
III. Elementary majors are required to complete an 18-hour concentration in an academic area. Some of the 18 hours may count toward the General Education requirements.
A complete listing of general education requirements is located in the General Education Information Section (PDF format).
Please note the requirement of an additional math course for elementary, special education and combined majors.
IV. Advanced Writing: 05-480, Elementary Student Teaching, fulfills the advanced writing requirement for majors.
V. Students complete 125 hours of field experience as part of the coursework in the Elementary Education Program. All students must successfully pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test before they will be allowed to take education courses. Clinical courses include Instructional Methods, K-9, with Clinical Experience I (05-240) (25 hours), Elementary Clinical Experience II (05-300) (50 hours) and Elementary Clinical Experience III (05-400) (50 hours). A 2.75 GPA is required for all education courses. Assignment to the clinical sites is arranged by the College of Education. Experiences are designed to include public and private school assignments and primary, intermediate and middle school experiences. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical sites. Clinical hours completed at other institutions will be evaluated by the Department Chair to determine whether or not the hours can be transferred.
* See Combined Special Education and Elementary Education major for possible additional certification in special education.
VI. Student Teaching
Application for admission to student teaching must be filed by December 1 of the year prior to the planned student teacher experience. Procedures and requirements for admission to student teaching are published in the Student Guide for Initial Teacher Certification Programs. This publication is available in the College of Education office. Evidence of successful completion of the appropriate State of Illinois content area tests and the Assessment of Professional Teaching Test must be received in the College of Education at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the student teaching semester in order to be allowed to student teach. Student teaching in the combined major requires students to complete two 8-week placements; one in a regular education elementary setting (K-6) and one in a secondary (7-12) special education setting. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation while student teaching. Only one additional course may be taken concurrently with student teaching. Official documentation of a negative TB test must be filed prior to student teaching.