Elementary Education / Master of Arts

PENDING ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVAL

This is an evening program for working adults who wish to obtain elementary licensure and earn a Master of Arts degree. This program is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be successful classroom teachers. Candidates may choose to only complete the coursework and clinical hours needed for elementary licensure, or they may continue their studies and earn a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Candidates seeking a Master of Arts degree must complete a comprehensive examination. Although all coursework is offered during evenings, the field experiences and clinical practice requirements must be met during normal school hours.

All candidates must meet the requirements for full admission status listed in the College of Education introduction.

Prerequisites

  • Meet all general education requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Courses for Licensure (39):

55-501Field Experience I: Classroom Management

1

55-502Field Experience II: Diversity in Education

1

55-511Foundations of Teaching all Learners

3

55-524Early Reading and Writing Foundations

3

55-525Content Area Literacy and Reading Strategies for Adolescent Learners

3

55-530Classroom Assessment and Intervention

3

55-540Methods and Content of Teaching Science, Health and Movement

3

55-552Methods and Content of Teaching Mathematics

3

55-554Methods and Content of Teaching Social Studies

2

55-581Clinical Practice & Seminar: Elementary

6

50-535Introduction to Linguistics and Language Development

3

51-510Foundations of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

3

53-507Educational Media Design for Effective Learning

1

-OR

53-508Emerging Technologies for Education

1

54-506Assistive Technology in Education

1

54-557Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities

3

Additional course required for M.A. (3)

52-575Practical Research for Learning Communities

3

Comprehensive Examination Required

Additional courses required for ESL Endorsement (9)

51-514Assessment of English Language Learners

3

51-526Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a New Language

3

51-542Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners

3

This program satisfies all requirements for those individuals holding a Type 29 Temporary Bilingual Endorsement to earn Elementary Licensure with ESL Endorsement.  One additional course (51-527) Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Education and passing the state language proficiency exam are required for Bilingual Endorsement.