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Major Requirements

The requirements below are those approved by the Illinois State Board of Education December 2015.

Course Requirements

Introductory Courses: 16 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

DePaul Minor:  5-8 courses (20-32 credit hours), grade of C or better required

Along with elementary education courses, students in the elementary education major are required to complete a DePaul minor.  This may be a minor leading to an additional endorsement on the Professional Educator License (e.g., special education, English as a Second Language, bilingual education) or an additional area to explore or focus your studies.  However, all DePaul minors will meet this requirement.
A minor of seven courses (28 credit hours) will lead to the required 192 credit hours.  If a student chooses a minor with fewer than 28 credit hours, the additional credit hours will be replaced by electives.  If students choose a minor with more than 28 credit hours, they will graduate with more than 192 credit hours.
Students are encouraged to discuss their choice of a minor with their academic advisor in order to determine the impact their choice will have on their overall program plan, graduation date, and tuition.

Advanced Courses: 48 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Open Electives: 4 quarter hours required

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.   The following cannot be used to fulfill an open elective: WRD 98, MAT 94, and MAT 95.

Student Teaching: 10 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section.  EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.  All students also take EE 387 Capstone Experience (2 hours) with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section).  

Licensure Tests 

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.  Elementary majors must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400)  - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math.  Test must be passed one quarter prior to Student Teaching. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Elementary Content Area Test (test #197-200) – assesses knowledge of the content of what is taught at the elementary level including language arts and literacy, mathematics, science, social science, the arts, health, and physical education.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

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