Elementary Education, B.A.

Degree + Professional Educator License + Endorsement

Make a difference in a child’s early academic years.

The State of Illinois has a shortage of elementary teachers. At Lewis University, the Elementary Education program prepares students to obtain an Illinois Professional Educator’s license, earn an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) and to teach grades 1-6. Additionally, Lewis is partnered with more than 60 school districts, seven counties and 130 schools in the Chicago area, allowing students to become exposed to a variety of cultures and communities during their observation hours.

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2+2 Program Option

Through a unique partnership with College of DuPage (COD), students may attend COD for the first two years of the program and complete the final two years at Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville, for a discounted tuition rate. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree from Lewis University. For more information and full admission requirements for 2+2 Teaching Education programs, please contact Joan Williams at williajo@lewisu.edu or (815) 836-5268.

The Elementary Education with ESL Endorsement program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Scholarship Options

  • Dr. Shirley A. McFaul Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Paul and Mrs. Ann Rubino Elementary Science Endowed Scholarship
  • Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago Area (REACH) Scholarship
  • Lasallian Book Scholarship
Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses:

  • Foundations of Instruction
  • Methods of Content of Teaching Science, Health and Movement
  • Child and Adolescent Literature
  • Beginning Linguistics and Development of Speech and Language in Early Childhood
  • Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities
  • Algebra and Number Concepts for Educators
  • American National Government
  • Integrated Science
  • Introduction to Assessment for Teachers of Bilingual Students
LBS1 Endorsement can also be earned through taking additional coursework.

On Campus Opportunities

  • Teachers of Tomorrow
  • Best Buddies

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an introductory level methods course
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 (to enroll in the introductory methods course and to continue in the program)
NOTE: Passing the Basic Skills Test is required by the state of Illinois before the student teaching semester. While this is not a requirement for admission to any of our programs, we strongly recommend that students seeking a Professional Educator License complete this requirement as quickly as possible. Students are considered to be a provisional candidate for the education program until the Basic Skills requirement is met. The tests that meet the Basic Skills requirement are the following:
  • Test of Academic Proficiency
  • Score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus a minimum score of 6 on the Writing Exam
  • Score of 1110 or higher on the SAT (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on the writing and language

Please refer to the Office of Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.

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For more information contact the Office of Admission at admission@lewisu.edu or call (815)836-5250.