Elementary Education

Department:
Elementary Education

Chairperson:
Rosemary Buteau

Faculty:
Charlesetta Ellis
Timothy Harrington
Angelique Jackson
Karen Freeman

Degree(s)/Certification(s):
M.A.T. in Elementary Education
+ State of Illinois Type 03 Certificate (Grades K-9)

Content Designations:
ELED

The Elementary Education program leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Elementary Education. The purpose of this program is to provide individuals with a bachelor’s degree in an area other than education the opportunity to earn a master’s degree and an initial teacher certificate. Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Elementary Education qualifies students for the (K-9, Type 03)

State of Illinois Initial Elementary Certificate; certification requires successful completion of the Illinois Certification Tests of Basic Skills, Elementary/Middle Grades, and Assessment of Professional Teaching (Elementary K-9). A second option, the Focus Program is available for those who have already earned an initial certificate and are seeking a subsequent certificate.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education

  • Students are responsible for meeting the program and College requirements in effect at the time they officially register in a teacher education program leading to certification at Chicago State University, regardless of when they were admitted to the university.
  • Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) in the final 60 credit hours of bachelor's degree course work. Upper division and graduate level course work in fields other than education which was completed after the bachelor's degree will be considered for applicants whose GPA in their last 60 credit hours of the bachelor's degree is not high enough to be considered for conditional admission.
  • A minimum grade of C and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the following undergraduate coursework satisfying general education requirements:
  1. Three credit hours in each of composition II, speech, college level mathematics, biological science, physical science (at least one science course must include a laboratory).
  2. Nine credit hours from at least two disciplines in the humanities – fine arts (art, music, theater), foreign language, literature, philosophy.
  3. Nine credit hours in the following social sciences – U.S. history or American national government; child and adolescent psychology; and one course from history, geography, economics, political science, anthropology, psychology, or sociology.
  4. One course incorporating multicultural or global perspectives.
  • A minimum grade of B in all transfer courses.
  • Successful completion of the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Specific Requirements

All student teachers will demonstrate they have met the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, including mastery of the content knowledge as evidenced by a passing score on the Illinois Certification Content Area Test in Elementary/ Middle Grades (K-9). Students must submit proof of passing the certification test before they will be allowed to apply for the internship (student teaching). In addition, all candidates must pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) certification test (Elementary K- 9) before completing the internship.

Students will complete 34 semester hours towards the master's degree, and up to 17 semester hours not satisfying the master's degree requirements which may be undergraduate or graduate credit.

Note: Candidates must abide by all College policies stated in this catalog, unless exceptions or adherence to higher expectations are noted in program documentation.

Required Courses

ED 5000, 5100*, 5312, 5460*; ELED 5140*, 5150*, 5170*, 5190*, 5200*, 5520, 5521*; READ 3700, 5280*, 5160*; PSYC 5830; S ED 5301, 5303*

*Restricted to students admitted to the College of Education.

Supportive Course

ELED 3092 (Does not count toward degree credit.)

Additional Requirements

Comprehensive examination

Completion of elementary education program assessment requirements including an approved student portfolio

Subsequent Certification Option – Focus Program

Admission Requirements

  1. Initial, Standard, or Master Illinois Teacher Certificate;
  2. Passing score report on the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills;
  3. Three months of teaching experience as a certified teacher;
  4. GPA of 3.0 in last 60 hours (2.75 for conditional admission) at time of admission to master’s degree program;
  5. Secondary and K-12 Programs only – equivalent of a major in the teaching area.

Prerequisites

Course work equivalent to S ED 5301; S ED 5303; and ED 4312/5312; or passing score on APT.

Certificate Only / 25-28 semester hours

MAT/ 32 credit hours

Certification and Master’s Degree / 40-43 credit hours

Required Courses

ELED 5520, 5140, 5150, 5170, 5190; READ 3700, 5280, 5160 or their equivalents at graduate or undergraduate level.

Clinical Experiences

85 required filed hours in courses or ECEE 5462 - summer field experience course.

Additional requirements for Master’s Degree

ELED 5521, ECEE 5466 (thesis option) and 9 hours of electives at the 5000 level, or 12 semester hours of electives at the 5000-level (non-thesis option); comprehensive examination.

Elementary Education (ELED) Course Offerings

5010 TEACHING WRITING IN THE PRIMARY GRADES (3)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English Qualifying Examination.

Exploration of literacy processes in emergent writers; influence of writing on reading processes; instructional strategies and approaches for teaching writing in the primary grades.

5020 TEACHING WRITING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS (3)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English Qualifying Examination.

Exploration of literacy process in emergent writers; influence of writing on reading processes; instructional strategies and approaches for teaching writing to middle school students.

5140 TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL /4/ FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; completion of natural sciences requirement ELED 3010 or BIL 2000.

Techniques, methods, and materials for teaching science in the elementary school and middle school grades. Ten hours of tutoring for non-degree-seeking certification candidates. Twenty hours of tutoring for master’s degree candidates. Credit will be given for only one of the following: ELED 214, ELED 5140/304, or MIDS 5230

5150 TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL /4/ FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; ELED 3010/201 or BIL 2000/200.

Materials and methods for the development of social studies concepts in the elementary school and middle school grades. Cultural pluralism. Audio visual utilization, simple production and equipment operation relevant to expansion of the academic program. Video taping. Ten hours of tutoring for non-degree-seeking certification candidates. Twenty hours of tutoring for master’s degree candidates. Credit will be given for only one of the following: ELED 215, ELED 5150/305, or MIDS 5240/325.

5170 TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL /4/ FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; MATH 1010, 1020; ELED 3010 or BIL 2000.

Teaching mathematics in the elementary and middle school grades. Basic methods and materials for normal and exceptional children. Ten hours of tutoring for non-degree-seeking certification candidates.

Twenty hours of tutoring for master’s degree candidates. Credit will be given for only one of the following: ELED 207, ELED 5170/307, and MIDS 5220.

5190 TEACHING THE FINE ARTS HUMANITES AND CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL /4/ (3)

Prerequisite: ELED 3010 or BIL 2000; ART 1100 or MUS 1134. Admission to the College of Education.

An integrated approach to teaching music, crafts, arts, rhythms and literature in the elementary school and middle school grades. Multicultural orientation; lecture and laboratory. Credit will be given for only one of the following: ELED 220, ELED 5190/320 or MIDS 5160.

5200 FIELD PRACTICUM IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION /2/ (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education ELED 5140, 5150, 5170, 5180; consent of the department. For non-degree-seeking certification candidates.

Supervised hands-on experience in elementary classroom designed for students to apply teaching and learning strategies acquired in methods courses. Course content includes classroom management, school policies and rules, teaching strategies and technology. One hundred clock hours in the field. To be taken the long semester prior to student teaching. Credit will be given for only one of the following: ELED 5200/374 or MIDS 5200/374.

5210 STUDENT TEACHING IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION /FIELD (6)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; completion of all other coursework in the approved program; a 2.5 grade point average in the concentration, in professional education, and in all coursework required in the approved program; and a passing score on the subject matter/content area certification test within the last five years.

Off-campus placement in a primary classroom (K-3) and an intermediate (4-6) or upper grade (7-8). University and cooperating school supervision. Five full days including seminar for 16 weeks. No other courses may be taken during the semester of student teaching. Credit will be given for only one of the following: ELED 285, ELED 5210/375 or MIDS 5210/375.

5230 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Educational problems that have a high degree of contemporary significance in the field of elementary education.Note: All graduate students are eligible to enroll in 400-level classes, except those designated as restricted to master’s degree students or requiring departmental permission. Prior consultation with the department is recommended.

5300 TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR EXPERIENCED TEACHERS (3)

Prerequisite: 12 credit hours in college level biological and physical science; admission to the College of Education; admission to the graduate degree sequence in Elementary Education; must have written approval of the EDEE graduate advisor.

Teaching mathematics in the elementary grades. Basic methods and materials for normal and exceptional children. Includes laboratory experiences at either the primary or intermediate-upper grade levels. For experienced teachers. Three semester hours of credit plus fifteen hours of tutoring.

5310 TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR EXPERIENCED TEACHERS (3)

Prerequisite: 12 credit hours in college level biological and physical science; admission to the College of Education; admission to the graduate degree sequence in Elementary Education: must have written approval of the ELED graduate advisor.

Techniques, methods, and materials for teaching science in the elementary school for experienced teachers. Three semester hours of credit plus laboratory.

5320 IMPROVING THE TEACHING OF ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS (3)

Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree, experience in teaching elementary school children and consent of the department.

Review of research on current teaching practices in elementary mathematics. Topics such as the importance of mathematics in contemporary society, the role of calculators and computers in mathematics instruction, and individualization of instruction will be emphasized. (Not to be taken for teacher certification purposes.)

5330 IMPROVING THE TEACHING OF ELEMENTARY SCIENCE (3)

Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree, experience in teaching elementary school children and consent of the department.

Review of research on current teaching practices in elementary science. Topics such as the role of science in a technological society, ecology, energy conservation, and the natural resources crisis will be emphasized. (Not to be taken for teacher certification purposes.) 

5340 IMPROVING THE TEACHING OF ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES (3)

Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree, experience in teaching elementary school children and consent of the department.

Review of research on current teaching practices in elementary social studies. Topics such as an environmental studies, multicultural and global education, values clarification, and career education will be emphasized. (Not to be taken for teacher certification purposes.)

5350 IMPROVING THE TEACHING OF WRITING IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM (3)

Prerequisite: Experience in teaching elementary school children and C.O.D.

Review of research and theory on composition, and exploration of different strategies to teach writing in the elementary schools. (Not to be taken for teacher certification credit).

5360 CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES (3)

Prerequisite: Experience in teaching elementary school children and consent of the department.

Identification of the dimensions of management and practice that combine to make a teacher an effective manager and disciplinarian.

5520 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM /FIELD /5/ (3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to master’s degree candidates.

Selection and organization of learning experiences at the elementary school level. The teacher’s role in implementing the curriculum. Topics such as contemporary types of curriculum organization, factors affecting the curriculum, pertinent research, and the actual development to portions of a curriculum will be emphasized. Five clock hours of observation per term.

5521 RESEARCH ON THE MIDDLE SCHOOL (3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to master’s degree candidates or consent of the department.

The study of research methods and topics pertaining to middle schools. Development of a research proposal up to the Internal Review Board (IRB) process on a topic pertaining to middle school education.