Elementary Education, MA
Offered in: Chicago | Roosevelt Online
The Elementary Education program is designed for students who wish to earn an Illinois teaching license to work with children 1st grade - 6th grade. The Elementary Education program is designed for students who have undergraduate degrees in fields other than education and aspire to transform elementary schools to pursue social justice.
With careful planning, students can add one or more of the following endorsements to their teaching license: Bilingual/ESL, Early Childhood, Special Education (LBS 1), Middle School, and Reading Teacher endorsements.
Admission to the program requires a BA degree in any academic area with a grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, at least 120 credit hours of undergraduate courses from an accredited college or university.
At the time of admission, an advisor reviews transcripts and evaluates 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 on an advising plan. Students must confer with their assigned advisors before enrolling in the program and during each advising period to ensure that all requirements are being successfully completed.
Alternative Licensure Program
The Alternative Licensure Program provides an alternative licensure pathway to the MA degree. In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the traditional program, candidates must pass the ILTS Elementary Education content exam; have at least 32 credit hours in core subject content areas; and have at least two years of classroom-based work experience and/or the approval of the South Cook Intermediate Service Center and its partner school districts. Candidates also must earn at least a 3.0 GPA in their first semester of study. All required courses are delivered online while candidates are employed full-time as provisionally licensed teachers in school districts associated with the South Cook Intermediate Service Center.
All methods courses must be passed with grades of B- or higher.
Students must maintain an overall GPA of at least a 2.7 while enrolled in the traditional education program. Students in the alternative licensure program must maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Should a student fall below these minimum, requirements, the College of Education program faculty will review the students eligibility to continue moving forward in the licensure program.
One semester prior to their student teaching, traditional students must submit proof of passing the appropriate Elementary Education content exam that meets the state's criterion.
Student Teaching must be passed with a minimum C or higher. With permission of the department chair, traditional students may substitute ELED 471 and 472 for ELED 448, 470 and 480.
|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 433||STRAT/MAT READ & SOC STUD K-8||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|
Field Experience & Student teaching
Pedagogical and real-world training is at the center of graduate degree coursework. Consequently, all traditional 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. Each field experience course requires 50 hours in a classroom setting.
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 the Elementary Education major and facilitate the awarding of an Illinois Professional Educator License.
Placement in student teaching sites is planned with consideration of professional standards and partnership schools and agencies. Student teaching placements are open only to students who have successfully completed the appropriate general education and professional education courses, content tests, and other College of Education student teaching requirements. Placements in sites with diverse student populations are required. Students must submit a formal application two semesters prior to the semester in which they plan to do their student teaching. Applicants are expected to be in good academic standing and must provide evidence of competency with regard to professional dispositions, including passage of a criminal background check. Students should consult regularly with their advisor about the specific requirements for licensure and student teaching in Illinois.
Students who complete the Elementary Education program earn a State of Illinois Professional Education License with an elementary education endorsement. With careful planning, students can add on an additional endorsement in Early Childhood education, Bilingual/ESL education, Middle School education, Special Education (LBS1) and Reading Teacher.
In order to qualify for Roosevelt University’s recommendation for the Illinois teaching license in Elementary Education, 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, graduates 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.
One semester prior to their student teaching, traditional students must submit proof of passing the Elementary Education content exam that meets the state's criterion and have a minimum 2.7 GPA in all graduate courses. All courses must be passed with grades of C - or higher and a minimum C or higher in Student Teaching. Please contact the College of Education for more information regarding the Elementary Education content exam criteria.
Before issuing a license, the Illinois State Board of Education also requires satisfactory scores on the Educator Teacher Performance Assessment Portfolio (edTPA).
Alternative licensure program
Students accepted into the alternative licensure program must maintain an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 and successfully complete all required key assessments in the program, which include substantial evaluation as a practicing classroom teacher. Should a student fall below a 3.0 GPA or fail to meet expectations on key assessments. Roosevelt faculty and school partners will review the eligibility of the student to continue moving forward in the program.
During the first year of student, alternative licensure students take core courses in the MA degree program. All students must successfully pass a Mid-Program review in order to advance to the second year.
In the second year, the students do not take ELED 448, EDUC 480 and student teaching. Instead, students enroll in the two courses listed below. The Educator Teacher Performance Assessment Portfolio (edTPA) is completed during the first semester of the second year. The alternative licensure pathway is 38 credit hours.
|Total Credit Hours||0|