Field-Based Elementary Certification Program M.A.

This is a field-based program leading to elementary certification and a Master of Arts degree. Candidates spend the entire school year in a partnership school working with a mentor teacher.

See complete admission requirements in College of Education introduction.

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of the Illinois Basic Skills Test
  • Initial interview with University representative(s)
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Enter with a minimum of 2.75 grad point average for Bachelor’s level coursework and maintain a minimum 3.0 during the program
  • Meet all general education requirements
  • Eighteen hours in an endorsement area (See Program Director for list of acceptable areas of endorsement)
  • Substitute certificate

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

55-500Field Experience: Managing and Supporting Learning Communities for Diverse Learners

2

55-504Technology For Teaching and Learning

2

55-510Foundations of Elementary Education

6

55-521Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle School

3

55-530Classroom Assessment and Intervention

3

55-540Methods of Teaching Science and Health, K-9

2

55-552Methods of Teaching Mathematics, K-9

2

55-554Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Multi-Cultural Studies, K-9

2

55-571Methods of Early Reading and Intermediate Literacy Instruction, P-9

6

55-581Student Teaching in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom and Seminar

6

51-546Historical Foundations of American Education

3

Comprehensive Examination

Additional courses required for M.A.

51-576Multicultural Foundations for Educators and Counselors

3

52-575Practical Research for Learning Communities

3

Comprehensive Examination