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B.A. in Elementary Education

Northeastern Illinois University
Program overview
4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates


Program description

B.A. in Elementary Education

The B.A. in Elementary Education equips students with the knowledge of philosophical and educational principles underlying the teaching of elementary school students. Throughout the program, students will learn how to develop highly reflective, creative, and critical teaching skills and demonstrate the knowledge to connect theory to practice. Skills and practical methods of teaching elementary school students is covered both in the classroom and through field teaching experience.

The Elementary Education program also offers a bilingual education endorsement for those who are interested.

The program is nationally accredited by the Association for Childhood Education International.

Program Benefits

Upon completion of the B.A. in Elementary Education, students will:

  • Meet current State of Illinois standards for Elementary Education licensure
  • Qualify for Elementary Education Endorsement
  • Complete 200 clock hours in a local school and a student teaching experience

Admission requirements

Northeastern Illinois University has adopted a Test Optional admissions policy for undergraduate admissions to the university. Applicants who have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or above will automatically be admitted to the university and not required to submit standardized test scores for admissions. Applicants who score below a 2.5 grade point average are encouraged to submit standardized test scores.

Students with GEDs: If you are 18 years of age, or older, you can be considered for admission upon successful completion of the GED.

Subject requirements for freshmen:

In addition to meeting the Test Optional minimum requirement for admission, freshmen must also have completed the following high school subjects in accordance with the Illinois Board of Higher Education requirements*:

  • 4 years of Language Arts
  • 3 years of Mathematics (1 year must be algebra and 1 year must be a course that includes geometry content)
  • 2 years of Writing (1 year must be an English course and 1 year may be provided as part of any course offered)
  • 2 years of Social Science (must include 1 year of U.S. history or combination of U.S. history and American government and 1 semester of civics)
  • 2 years of Science
  • 1 year of Electives (Includes art, music, foreign language, or vocational education)

*First time freshmen and transfer applicants with fewer than 24 hours of transferable credit, who meet all criteria for admission except high school subject requirements, may be admitted on a provisional basis.

International student requirements:

  • Submit application for admission with a $30 application fee to the Admissions Office. We encourage students to apply online for faster processing.

  • Submit current official copies of transcripts of schools attended within the United States. All transcripts from non U.S. colleges or universities must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) sent to the Admissions Office.

  • Arrange to have official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to the Admissions Office. You must pass the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 (masters admission requires 550) or you must pass the computerized version of the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 173 (master admission requires 213) or the internet based test with minimum score of 61 (masters admission requires 79). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL. An IELTS minimum score of 6 (masters admissions 6.5) is required.

  • Your file will be reviewed for admission decision when the application, fee and all academic documents, such as transcripts and test scores are received. However, an I-20 will not be issued until the Requirements for I-20 Processing have been met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

Required Professional Education Courses

  • Philosophical And Historical Foundations Of Public Education
  • Education And Individual Differences
  • Instructional Design In The 21st Century Classroom
  • Inclusive Teaching Strategies
  • Writing Intensive Program: Foundation Of Teaching The English Language Arts
  • Methods Of Teaching Mathematics In The Elementary Grades
  • Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms
  • Using Technology In Classrooms
  • Inquiry-Based Social Studies In The Elementary Grades
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
  • Clinical Experiences
  • Children's And Young Adult Literature
  • Content Area Literacy
  • Teaching Science In The Elementary School
  • Classroom Management
  • Classroom Assessment
  • Methods Of Literacy Instruction
  • Clinical Experience In Elementary Education
  • Student Teaching In Elementary Grades
  • Teaching And Learning
  • Teaching Physical And Health Education Concepts For Classroom Teachers

General Education Requirements

  • Fine Arts


  • Literatures And Literacies

Behavioral and Social Science

  • United States History 1607-1877
  • United States History 1877-Present
  • American National Government
  • World Geography
  • World History: East Asia
  • World History: Latin America
  • World History: Africa
  • World History: Islam
  • Introduction To Cultural Anthropology

Biological & Physical Sciences

  • Introduction To Biology For Educators
  • Introduction To Earth Science
  • Chemical Concepts
  • Physics In Everyday Life

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.

Tuition fees

For more information please visit our website.


Students completing the Elementary Education major will:

  1. Develop highly reflective, creative, and critical teaching skills and demonstrate the knowledge to connect theory to practice.
  2. Show evidence of a wide repertoire of teaching strategies across the curriculum, and an understanding of inquiry and project-based
  3. Demonstrate deep content knowledge across the curriculum.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of skills and practices in literacy instruction for diverse learners across the curriculum.
  5. Develop the skills and habits of mind to critique knowledge, curriculum, and standards, and analyze the political and moral dimensions of schooling and teaching.
  6. Develop the skills and knowledge to implement culturally relevant pedagogy that considers all forms of diversity; and show evidence of the ability to integrate this content into their classroom curriculum.
  7. Demonstrate their ability to use and integrate technology and media in their teaching and across the curriculum.
  8. Demonstrate their ability to use a variety of assessment approaches for instructional decision-making.
  9. Have an understanding of educational research and demonstrate the skills to locate and critique scholarly and relevant studies.
  10. Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to create a classroom community that is safe, creative, caring, inclusive, and motivating for learning.
  12. Understand the principles of social justice, the role of schooling in a democracy, and the ability to teach for active citizenship and critical
  13. Demonstrate the ability to integrate critical thinking and problem solving in their teaching.
  14. Show evidence of professionalism, responsibility, integrity, and the ability to work collaboratively for the success of all students.
  15. Assume responsibility for their own on-going professional development, and understand the role of teachers as school and social change agents

Career opportunities

The B.A. in Elementary Education prepares you for careers such as:

  • Elementary School Teacher

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5500 North St. Louis Avenue
60625 Chicago
United States of America

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