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 as well as Bilingual/ESL, Early Childhood, LBS 1, and reading Teacher endorsements.
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, social studies, and science etc.) are required for an endorsement to teach at the middle school level.
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 240 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.
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:
|EDUC 402||CHILD & ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING AND MOTIVATION||3|
|ELED 400||CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, AND ASSESSMENT||3|
|ELED 401||FOUNDATIONS & COMMUNITY||3|
|ELED 403||IND. COACH & FIELD EXP I||1|
|EDUC 421||INTEGRATED, HEALTH, ARTS, AND PE CURRICULUM||3|
|ELED 428||IND. COACHING & FIELD EXP. 2||1|
|ELED 441||METHODS OF TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL||3|
|ELED 448||IND. COACH & FIELD EXP III||1|
|READ 420||TEACHING READING IN K-8 EDUCATION||3|
|READ 432||INTENSIVE ADVANCED STRATEGIES/MATERIALS FOR READING, WRITING, AND LANGUAGE||3|
|SPED 419||EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH||3|
|EDUC 003||CAREER COACHING FOR EDUCATORS||0|
|ELED 470||STUDENT TEACHING AND SEMINAR IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL||6|
|Additional Course Required for the MA Only|
|EDUC 480||INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM||3|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
Pedagogical and real-world training is at the center of graduate degree coursework. Consequently, all graduate students are required to enroll in one credit hour “Individualized Coaching and Field Experiences” courses in each of three semesters prior to their practicum or student teaching.
In their Individualized Coaching courses, students will complete the field experiences needed to develop professional knowledge, skills and dispositions in alignment with Roosevelt’s social justice mission. As students progress from one Individualized Coaching course to another, they will take on tasks and responsibilities that are increasingly complex and challenging. These experiences will prepare students for success in the student teaching experiences that culminate in the Elementary Education major and facilitate the awarding of an Illinois Professional Educator License.
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 coursework 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.
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.