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The Elementary Education program at SIU prepares students to teach children in grades one through six. The program will prepare students to teach in a variety of classroom settings – from self-contained classrooms to departmentalized and team teaching situations.

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Our nationally-certified program will prepare you to teach in a variety of classroom settings: self-contained classrooms as well as departmentalized and team teaching situations. Throughout the coursework students will be guided in developing an electronic portfolio which will serve as a culminating demonstration of the knowledge and skills gained through the Teacher Education Program (TEP). This major leads to the State of Illinois Professional Educator's License (PEL) with an endorsement in Elementary Education.

Graduates of the elementary education program are licensed by the State of Illinois to teach children in grades 1 through 6 in public and private settings, with reciprocity in most of the United States and in some foreign countries. Our elementary education majors are well prepared to accept jobs in classrooms at the elementary level. We have designed the curriculum that pairs education courses and field experiences to prepare you for teaching in an elementary classroom. In addition to preparing students to teach the content and skills in the areas of mathematics, science, social sciences, and literacy, our program includes coursework in the following important areas:

  • Teaching English language learners (ELL)
  • Integrating technology into lessons
  • Aligning lessons with the Illinois Common Core Standards

CURRICULUM GUIDE | Elementary Education (B.S.)

CAREERS

Students who major in Elementary Education at SIU are prepared to accept jobs in self-contained classrooms at the elementary level. Graduates of the Elementary Education program are licensed by the state of Illinois to teach grades 1-6 in public and private settings throughout the United States and in some foreign countries.

OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS

In addition to our on-campus programs, the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is also offered at the following off-campus sites, contingent upon adequate enrollment at the site.

  • University Center of Lake County in Grayslake, IL | Dan Coles at dan.coles@siu.edu | (847) 665-4148
  • Rend Lake College Marketplace in Mt. Vernon, IL | Dr. Dan Jones at drdan@charter.net | (618) 437-5321