Elementary Education / Bachelor of Arts

Total Credit Hours: 128

Major Credit Hours: 53

Degree Requirements

I. Professional Education Courses for Initial Elementary (K-9) Licensure

Requirements: Fingerprint background check and attendance at Protecting All God’s Children workshop.

05-240Instructional Methods, K-9, with Field Experience I (50 field experience hours)

3

05-244Differentiating Instruction in the Elementary Classroom

3

05-300Classroom Management with Field Experience II (50 field experience hours)

1

05-301Educational Psychology

3

53-304Technology for Teaching and Learning

3

55-321Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle School

3

05-340Methods of Teaching Science and Health, K-9

3

05-352Methods of Teaching Mathematics, K-9

3

05-353Methods of Teaching Early Reading and Literacy Instruction, P-3

3

05-354Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Multicultural Education, K-9

3

54-357Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities

3

53-360History and Philosophy of Education

3

05-400Teaching English Language Learners with Field Experience III (75 field experience hours)

1

05-409Child and Adolescent Literature and the Fine Arts

3

05-410Classroom Assessment and Intervention

3

05-471Methods of Teaching Intermediate Literacy Instruction, 4-9

3

05-480Elementary Student Teaching

9

II. Recommended elective and/or required general education courses for Elementary Licensure

51-310Teaching English Language Learners in P-12 Schools

3

13-125Modern Algebra for Elementary School Teachers

3

13-130Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers

3

13-140Geometry for Elementary School Teachers

3

09-111Survey of United States History to 1876

3

-OR

09-112Survey of United States History Since 1876

3

A candidate can take 17-120 and 17-121 OR 02-122 and 02-123.

17-120Integrated Science I

3

17-121Integrated Science I Lab

1

-OR

02-122Integrated Science II

3

02-123Integrated Science II Lab

1

-PLUS one additional three hour science course

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 Information Section.

Please note the requirement of these courses for elementary education majors: 13-125, Modern Algebra for the Elementary School Teacher; 13-130, Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers; 13-140, Geometry for Elementary School Teachers; 09-111, Survey of United States History to 1876 OR 09-112, Survey of United States History Since 1876; 17-120 and 17-121 Integrated Science I and Lab OR 02-122 and 02-123 Integrated Science II and Lab PLUS one additional three hour science course.

IV. Advanced Writing: 05-471, Methods of Teaching Intermediate Literacy Instruction, 4-9 fulfills part of the advanced writing requirement and 05-480, Elementary Student Teaching, fulfills the remainder of the advanced writing requirement for majors.

“Candidate” refers to individuals admitted to Lewis University’s College of Education. “Student” refers to children and adolescents in P-12 schools.

V. Candidates complete 175 hours of field experience as part of the coursework in the Elementary Education Program.

All candidates must successfully pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or have a composite score of 22 on the ACT Plus Writing Test taken within the last ten years before they will be allowed to take education courses. Field experience courses include Instructional Methods, K-9, with Field Experience I (05-240) (50 hours), Classroom Management with Field Experience II (05-300) (50 hours) and Teaching English Language Learners with Field Experience III (05-400) (75 hours). A 2.75 GPA is required for all education courses. Assignment to the field experience 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. Candidates are responsible for providing their own transportation to field experience sites. Field experience assignments are generally within a 25 mile radius of Lewis’ main campus. Field experience hours completed at other institutions will be evaluated by the Department Chair to determine whether or not the hours can be transferred. Candidates must pass Content Test 110 during the semester prior to student teaching.

* See Combined Special Education and Elementary Education major for possible additional licensure in special education.

VI. Student Teaching

Application for admission to student teaching must be filed by September 30 of the year prior to the planned student teacher experience. Procedures and requirements for admission to student teaching are published in the Guide for Initial Teacher Licensure Program Candidates. This publication is available on Blackboard. All candidates are responsible for the information contained in this Guide. Evidence of successful completion of the appropriate State of Illinois content area 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 elementary major requires candidates to complete a 15-week placement in an elementary (K-8) education setting. Candidates are responsible for providing their own transportation while student teaching. Placements are generally within a 25 mile radius of Lewis’ main campus. Official documentation of a negative TB test must be filed prior to student teaching. The Assessment of Professional Teaching Test must be successfully completed before entitlement for licensure will be sent to the state.