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Major Requirements

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

Course Requirements

Pre-Education Core: 16 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

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

Concentration Courses:  28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

A concentration is a single area of study in liberal arts (cannot include coursework in Education). 

  • 100, 200, 300 level Concentration Course 1 
  • 100, 200, 300 level Concentration Course 1
  • 100, 200, 300 level Concentration Course 1
  • 200-300 level Concentration Course 1
  • 200-300 level Concentration Course 2
  • 200-300 level Concentration Course 3
  • 200-300 level Concentration Course 4

Possible concentrations areas include: Anthropology, Arabic, Art, Bilingual Education, Biology, Catholic Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, Communications, Economics, English, Environmental Science, ESL, French, Geography, General Science, German, History, Italian, Japanese, Language Arts, Math*, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Studies, Sociology or Spanish.

* Students pursuing a Math concentration are required to take:

Students in the math concentration will also take MAT 110 and MAT 111 as part of the elementary major.

Advanced Standing Education 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 98MAT 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 is required to qualify for Advanced Standing. *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.

EDU 25


(0 Credit) This online course provides students with a knowledge about assembling, using, and troubleshooting basic technology hardware and software. In this course, students demonstrate understanding of basic computer setup and the use of peripheral devices such as printers, speakers, flash drives, scanners, digital cameras, videos, and computer software.

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