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 are integrated with the program. Additional courses must be taken to earn an endorsement to teach at the middle school level.

Admission

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 credit hours at the undergraduate level, and a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency or an ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion. Professional dispositions also must be demonstrated. A total of 24 credit hours of courses in a teaching discipline (English, math, history, etc.) are required for an endorsement to teach at the middle school level.

Requirements

To be awarded the MA in Elementary Education, students must successfully complete a 42 credit hour program of study, and all requirements for the teaching license. 39 credit 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 licensing 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 402CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, AND MOTIVATION3
ELED 400CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, AND ASSESSMENT3
ELED 401FOUNDATIONS & COMMUNITY3
ELED 402INTEGRATING HEALTH, ARTS, AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION ACROSS THE CURRICULUM3
ELED 403FIELD EXPERIENCE I1
ELED 428FIELD EXPERIENCE II1
ELED 441METHODS OF TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
ELED 446METHODS OF TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
ELED 447METHODS OF TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
ELED 448FIELD EXPERIENCE III1
READ 420TEACHING READING IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
READ 432STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING READING, WRITING, AND LANGUAGE3
SPED 419EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH3
Student Teaching
ELED 470STUDENT TEACHING AND SEMINAR IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL6
Additional Course Required for the MA Only
EDUC 480INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM3
Total Credit Hours42

Field Experiences

First-hand experiences with diverse learners in elementary and middle school classrooms are required. Each semester, students are enrolled in field experience courses that are integrated with the foundations and methods courses they are also taking. Students participate in classrooms as observers, tutors, and participants in large and small group activities. Field experiences involve both urban and suburban placements and must include schools with traditionally underserved populations.

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, 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 assignments are not appropriate or approved in schools where students or family members have had full-time employment, whether as a teacher, an aide, or in any support or administrative capacity. 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 Test of Academic Proficiency or ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion, 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.

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 INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM. Student teaching is a full-time responsibility of no less than 15 weeks.

Licensure Requirements

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 TAP or an ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion, 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
Written Communication6
Humanities
HIST 106THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
or HIST 107 THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1865
ENG 115EXPLORING LITERATURE3
ART 101INTRODUCTION TO THE VISUAL ARTS3
or THAR 206 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING I
Total Required Humanities (must include American History)9
Mathematics
MATH 105FOUNDATIONS OF ARITHMETIC3
MATH 115QUANTITATIVE & SPATIAL REASONING3
MATH 121COLLEGE ALGEBRA3
MATH 217ELEMENTARY STATISTICS3
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 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
BIOL 111HUMAN BIOLOGY4
or BIOL 112 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
PHSC 101PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY I3
or PHSC 103 GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Must include biological and physical science, including at least one lab7
Social Science
HIST 111THE WORLD TO 15003
or HIST 112 THE WORLD SINCE 1500
POS 101UNITED STATES POLITICS3
or POS 102 INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Total Required Social Science (must include American Government)9
ECON 234ELEMENTARY STATISTICS3
Total Credit Hours83