​The Bachelor of Science program in Elementary Education prepares students to teach 1st through 6th grade in a variety of urban and suburban education settings, including public and private elementary and middle schools.

Students learn educational theories and effective teaching practices, participate in field experiences, which require observation and participation in teaching activities at multiple schools, and student teaching. Students should meet early and regularly with their advisor to design and monitor their program of study.

The program combines theoretical principles of education and field work with the student's choice of major. Students follow a general pattern of study for middle school and high school levels. In all cases, appropriate field experience plays an integral role.

Students entering the program must be able and willing to devote themselves to a program requiring a minimum of 155-170 hours of daytime field experiences in schools. These school-based clinical hours are completed in conjunction with methodology courses that require students to spend a half-day each week in a school. In addition, the student must spend a minimum of 11 weeks in full-time student teaching.

Along with general elementary education courses, EE majors are required to complete a series of courses in a specific concentration in liberal arts. Possible concentration areas include: Anthropology, Arabic, Art, Bilingual Education, Biology, Catholic Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, Communications, Economics, English, Environmental Science, ESL, French, Geography, General Science, German, History, Italian, Japanese, Language Arts, Math, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Studies, Sociology, and Spanish.

Please make sure you consult the Liberal Studies Requirements, Major Requirements, and College Core Requirements for full degree requirements.


Illinois Professional Educator License with endorsement in Elementary Education (self-contained general education) (grades 1 - 6), an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.

Liberal Studies Requirements 78 hours
​Major Requirements 110 hours
​Open Electives 4 hours
​Total hours required 192 hours