Roosevelt University in Chicago, Schaumburg and Online - Logo

Elementary Education, MA

Offered in: CHICAGO

The Elementary Education program is designed for students who have undergraduate degrees in fields other than education and who aspire to transform elementary schools in the pursuit of social justice. The requirements for the Illinois teaching license for grades kindergarten through 9 are integrated with the program. However, additional courses must be taken to earn an endorsement to teach at the middle school level.


Applicants to the program must have a minimum grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale for the entirety of their undergraduate course work, a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit at the undergraduate level, and a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency. Professional dispositions also must be demonstrated. A total of 24 semester hours of courses in a teaching discipline (English, math, history, etc…) are required for an endorsement to teach at the middle school level.


To be awarded the MA in Elementary Education, students must successfully complete a 36-semester-hour program of study, and all requirements for the teaching license. 33 semester hours of education courses are required for the license; students may earn the license prior to completing the MA degree.

To earn the Illinois teaching license, students must complete an approved student teaching experience, a minimum of 110 clock hours of pre-student teaching field experiences, all general education requirements, and any additional course work or tests needed to satisfy accreditation, State of Illinois, and/or Roosevelt University requirements. All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses, and no grade below C is acceptable for certification or the MA degree (C- grades are unacceptable).

At the time of admission, advisors review transcripts and evaluate all course work completed at other colleges or universities. Advising plans are developed and any deficiencies related to licensure requirements are noted. If additional course work is needed, the student’s advisor will indicate the course work needed for licensure or a middle school endorsement. Each student must confer with his/her assigned advisor before enrolling in the program and during each advising period to ensure that all requirements are being successfully completed.

The following courses are required to earn licensure and complete the MA in elementary education:

Core courses

  EDUC 485 Technology in the Classroom .....3
  ELED 405 Foundations of Education .....3
  ELED 407 Topics & Issues in Human Development .....3
  ELED 421 Mathematics in the Elementary School .....3
  ELED 426 Methods of Teaching Science in the Elementary School .....3
  ELED 427 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School .....3
  READ 420 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School .....3
  READ 432 Strategies and Materials for Teaching Reading, Writing, and Language Arts .....3
  SPED 419 Exceptional Children and Youth .....3

Student teaching

  ELED 470 Student Teaching & Seminar in the Elementary School .....6

This additional course is required for the MA only

  EDUC 480 Inquiry in the Classroom .....3

Field experiences
First-hand experiences with diverse learners in elementary and middle school classrooms are required. Students are enrolled in courses that include field experiences; they participate in classrooms as observers, tutors, and participants in large group activities. Field experiences involve both urban and suburban placements and must include schools with traditionally underserved populations.

ELED 405, 421, & 426, READ 420, and SPED 419 are field experience courses. Students who are transferring in courses or who are currently employed as full-time teachers may petition for special consideration for using these prior field experiences to satisfy some of the required hours. However, all petitions must be directed to the entire faculty of the program, through the program director, and all petitions must be received at the time of admission and initial enrollment in the program.

Student teaching
A 15-week student teaching experience is arranged in accordance with professional standards and with consideration of each student's needs and interests. Student teaching is open only to students who have completed all requirements related to general education courses and professional education courses, as well as the Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency, the elementary content exam, and all field experiences and admission requirements for student teaching. Formal application two semesters prior to student teaching is required.

Applicants are expected to be in good physical health, free from severe, chronic, or persistent personal or emotional difficulties, and well prepared in general education, content knowledge, professional dispositions, and professional education. A College of Education faculty member and a resident cooperating teacher supervise each student.

Students are required to submit various assignments via Taskstream that document their growth, instructional orientation, and impact on student learning. Student teaching assignments are not appropriate or approved in schools where students have had full-time employment, whether as a teacher, an aide, or in any support or administrative capacity.

Student teachers may not engage in outside employment or take any additional course work while they are student teaching, unless the faculty advisor has approved simultaneous enrollment in EDUC 480. Student teaching is a full-time responsibility of no less than 15 weeks.

The State of Illinois requires all students enrolled in conventional teacher preparation programs to complete unpaid student teaching assignments.

In order to qualify for Roosevelt University's recommendation for the elementary teaching license, all requirements including general education work in effect at the time of application must be met. The Illinois State Board of Education also requires satisfactory scores on the ILTS Basic Skills Test, the Elementary content exam, and the edTPA prior to issuing a license.

Students applying for the elementary education license must meet the general education requirements listed below. If a student's bachelor's degree program has deficiencies in the general education requirements, the student may complete this work concurrently with graduate degree requirements.

General education requirements for state licensure in elementary education:

  • Communication skills (competency at Eng 102) - (6 credit hours)
  • Mathematics - (3 credit hours, MATH 105 or higher)
  • Biological and physical sciences, including one laboratory course - (7 credit hours)
  • Humanities - (9 credit hours)
  • Social sciences including a three-semester-hour course in either American government or American history - (9 credit hours)
  • Multicultural Studies - may be included within the humanities or social sciences courses (3 credit hours)