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Elementary Education

Chicago and Schaumburg Campuses

This redesigned program reflects rich and intensive collaboration between Roosevelt University, two elementary schools in Schaumburg, and seven elementary schools in Chicago. The program that has been developed will definitely help us meet our instructional needs in the future because it is grounded in the needs, complexities, and contexts of the school partners.         - Dana Butler, MA, 1998, Principal, Ruiz Elementary School

The Elementary Education Program prepares undergraduate and graduate students to effectively teach children from diverse language, income, and ethnic backgrounds in grades 1-6.  The program leads to licensure as a teacher in Illinois, and provides students with a thorough understanding of core content areas, child development, social-emotional learning standards, arts integration strategies, assessment, teaching methods, and community and family dynamics. 

At the heart of the redesigned program are intensive, scaffolded professional education courses and field experiences.  During each semester of professional coursework, you will engage in an intensive, two-week field experience that will enable you to apply concepts and skills and develop your teaching and learning capacities. A fifteen-week student teaching experience culminates the program.  Because of the intensity of coursework and training, both the undergraduate and the graduate pathways are designed for full-time students and study.  The undergraduate program is located in Chicago, but the graduate program is at both campuses.


Meet An Alum

Dia Rizmani is a third-grade teacher at Hoover Math and Science Academy in Schaumburg School District 54. In Fall 2015, Dia was awarded an Illinois State Board of Education "Those Who Excel" Award in the early career educator category. Becoming a teacher was not on Dia’s radar when she enrolled in college.  Dia originally majored in biological sciences and worked in laboratories. However, she returned to Roosevelt to get her Elementary Education MA degree when she realized that she was always teaching. – through staff training, college tutoring and other avenues.  Dia earned her Roosevelt MA degree in 2010.

Dia makes a difference every day with her students. As the daughter of immigrants, Dia “often felt isolated at school.”  Consequently, in her classroom, she teaches her students to celebrate their differences. By building upon each student’s strengths and cultural backgrounds, the learning environment is highly inclusive and regarded as a safe place for all to learn. This environment led to 100 percent of her students meeting their growth targets on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment in the 2014-2015 academic year.


Meet A Professor  

“Education, at its best, liberates and enables humans to value and achieve their best selves and most sincere hopes for well-being for themselves and others. A good teacher affirms an individual's unique talents and capacities to assist them in reaching their dreams. This is our goal at Roosevelt U.”


--Elizabeth Meadows, associate professor of elementary education is part of a faculty that includes current and former elementary teachers, reading specialists, superintendents, former principals, and experts in special education and bilingual education. See the faculty talk about their redesigned program here.

 Apply Now For Fall Admission!

Roosevelt is looking for enthusiastic, dedicated students who are interested in becoming elementary education teachers.  To earn admission, you must submit an online application for admission to the university, and you must meet the requirements for admission to the New Deal Teacher Academy, which houses all of the teacher preparation programs at Roosevelt University.  Click on the links below to learn more about the admission process.  Or, click here to attend an online information session.


Please contact Lilibeth Castillo at or 312-853-4789 in order to obtain more information about this program.