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Elementary Education

Offered in: CHICAGO

Kindergarten through grade 9

The purpose of the elementary teacher education program is to prepare capable, dedicated, and concerned teachers who are committed to the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth of all children. Students are encouraged to develop communication skills, content knowledge, observational skills, and sound teaching practices that they can apply to their work with diverse learners. Over the duration of the program, students develop a sense of themselves as professional educators who can act as change agents in their schools. Students who successfully complete the program earn a State of Illinois teaching license. Other endorsements may be earned, in consultation with a professional advisor in the College of Education.


Students are formally admitted to the teacher preparation program when they earn a passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency, have a minimum 2.7 GPA in all undergraduate courses, and have demonstrated professional dispositions. Students may take general education requirements, academic concentration courses, and the following six education courses without having earned admission to the program.

EDUC 200 American Education (3 semester hours)
EDUC 210 Child Development for Educators: Infancy Through Adolescence (3 semester hours)
EDUC 303 Health for Educators (3 semester hours)
EDUC 321 Creative Arts in Education (3 semester hours)
EDUC 385 Technology in the Classroom (3 semester hours)
SPED 319 Exceptional Children and Youth (3 semester hours)

In order to enroll in the remainder of the academic major, students must have earned admission to the teacher preparation program. Also, EDUC 200, 210, and ELED 261 must be passed with grades of B- or better as prerequisites for all other education courses.

  ELED 261 Field Experience and Seminar in Elementary Education .....3
  ELED 321 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School .....6
  ELED 325 Teaching Science in the Elementary School .....3
  ELED 327 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School .....3
  ELED 361 Pre-student Teaching Field Experience .....3
  ELED 366 Student Teaching and Seminar in the Elementary School .....12
  READ 320 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School .....6
  READ 323 Teaching Language Arts and Children’s Literature in the Elementary School .....3

Field and clinical experiences
Field experiences involve urban and suburban placements and must include culturally diverse learners. A minimum of 100 hours of field experiences is required prior to student teaching.

Placement in student teaching is planned with consideration for each student’s needs and interests. A College of Education faculty member as well as a resident, experienced teacher supervises each student. Formal application is required approximately two semesters in advance of student teaching. To earn admission to student teaching, a student must have passed the Illinois Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency and the Elementary/Middle Grades Content Test. In addition, all students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in their undergraduate courses, and a 3.0 GPA respectively in their academic concentration and academic major. All general education, academic concentration, and academic major course requirements must be completed with grades of C or higher (C- grades are unacceptable). The edTPA test should be taken during student teaching. This test is required for licensure. No other course may be taken, nor may a student be employed, during student teaching.

Licensure requirements
In order to qualify for Roosevelt University’s recommendation for the Illinois teaching license and elementary endorsement, students must meet all general education and academic concentration requirements that are in effect at the time of their application.

The academic concentration in Elementary Education consists of 18 hours of course work in one discipline, approved by an advisor. Nine semester hours in the area of concentration must be taken at the 300 level. The 18 semester hours in the area of concentration may not be used to meet general education requirements. All academic concentration courses require a grade of C or higher, and an overall GPA of 3.0 is required.

Before issuing a license, the Illinois State Board of Education also requires satisfactory scores on the Test of Academic Proficiency, the Elementary/Middle Grades Content Test, and the edTPA.

Students must consult with their education advisor to determine which general education courses are acceptable toward fulfillment of licensure requirements. Because requirements for licensure, graduation, and continuing enrollment are subject to change, undergraduates must consult frequently with their education advisors. The advising plan developed at program admission provides the most up-to-date and authoritative information with respect to all program and licensure requirements.

Licensure Course Requirements

Communication Skills

  Written Communication .....6


  Total Required Humanities (must include American History) .....9


  MATH 105 Foundations of Arithmetic .....3
  MATH 110 Quantitative Literacy (or higher than MATH 110) .....3

Non-Western/Third World/Multicultural

  Asia, African, Central/South America or Native American or their descendants in the US (may also be counted in Humanities or Social Science) .....3

RU Mission-Related Courses

  ACP 101 First Year Seminar .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3
  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3


  Must include biological and physical science, including at least one lab .....7

Social Science

  Total Required Social Science (must include American Government) .....9


  Total General Education Hours .....46-52