Elementary Education, BAE

Offered in: Chicago

The College of Education has five undergraduate programs: Early Childhood Education, Educational Studies, Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Special Education. The college also works jointly with the Chicago College of Performing Arts to deliver a program in Music Education. All of these programs, with the exception of Educational Studies, focus on teacher preparation.

The College of Education has a history of serving nontraditional as well as traditional undergraduate students, and schedules are designed to meet the needs of full-time as well as part-time students. All teacher preparation programs are offered at the Chicago campus and are a part of the New Deal Teacher Academy.

Undergraduate programs within the College of Education prepare students to transform schools and communities in the pursuit of knowledge and social justice. Through the continuous evaluation and refinement of academic programs and courses, offerings are kept current and relevant to real-world contexts and professional standards of quality. Experienced, dedicated and culturally diverse faculty work collaboratively with students to foster knowledge and skills with respect to diverse learners, instruction, assessment and research. Talent and resources from a variety of disciplines are integrated and used, as are cutting edge technologies. All programs require a variety of field and clinical experiences that augment and integrate academic studies.

First through grade 6

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.

Requirements

Students are formally admitted to the teacher preparation program when they earn a passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or substitute an ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion, have a minimum 2.7 GPA in all undergraduate courses, and have demonstrated professional dispositions. Students may take general education requirements, EDUC 202 and SPED 219 without having earned admission to the program.

EDUC 202CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, AND MOTIVATION3
SPED 219EXCEPTIONAL CHILD & YOUTH3
ELED 300CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, AND ASSESSMENT3
ELED 301FOUNDATIONS & COMMUNITY3
ELED 302INTEGRATING HEALTH, ARTS, AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION ACROSS THE CURRICULUM3
ELED 303FIELD EXPERIENCE I1
READ 320TEACHING READING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
ELED 341METHODS OF TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
ELED 328FIELD EXPERIENCE II1
READ 332STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING READING, WRITING, AND LANGUAGE3
ELED 346METHODS OF TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
ELED 347METHODS OF TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
ELED 348FIELD EXPERIENCE III1
ELED 370STUDENT TEACHING IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION12
Total Credit Hours45

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. Field experiences are integrated with courses and are completed over an intensive two-week period each semester.

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  or have substituted an ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion, 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 in their academic major. All general education must be completed with grades of C or higher (C- grades are unacceptable). All courses in the academic major must be completed with grades of B- or higher. 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 requirements that are in effect at the time of their application.

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.

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

Licensure Course Requirements
Communication Skills
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
HIST 106THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
or HIST 107 THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1865
ART 101INTRODUCTION TO THE VISUAL ARTS3
or THAR 206 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING I
or MNOM 115 BEGINNING PIANO
or MNOM 156 BEGINNING GUITAR
or MNOM 204 UNIVERSITY SINGERS
or MNOM 207 EXPLORING THE BLUES
or MNOM 240 MUSIC IN CULTURE & SOCIETY
ENG 210BRITISH LITERATURE TO 17893
or ENG 211 BRITISH LITERATURE 1789 TO PRESENT
or ENG 212 AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1865
or ENG 213 AMERICAN LITERATURE 1865-PRESENT
or ENG 220 INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY ANALYSIS
Mathematics
MATH 105FOUNDATIONS OF ARITHMETIC3
MATH 115QUANTITATIVE & SPATIAL REASONING3
MATH 121COLLEGE ALGEBRA3
RU Mission-Related Courses
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Natural Science
BIOL 111HUMAN BIOLOGY ((includes lab))4
or BIOL 112 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
PHSC 101PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY I3
or PHSC 103 GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Must take BIOL 111 or BIOL 112 and must take PHSC 101 or PHSC 103
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
ECON 234ELEMENTARY STATISTICS3
Total Credit Hours52