Elementary Education

Department: Elementary Education

Chairperson:Rosemary Buteau

Faculty:Timothy Harrington, Angelique Jackson, Karen Freeman

Degree(s)/Certification(s): B.S. Ed. in Elementary Education
+ State of Illinois Type 03 Certificate (Grades K-9)

Content Designations:

ELED

Completion of the Elementary Education program qualifies students for an Initial Type 03 (K-9) Illinois Elementary Certificate with middle grade (5-8) endorsements in language arts and social sciences. Certification requires the successful completion of the Illinois Certification Tests of Basic Skills, Elementary/Middle Grades (K-9), and Assessment of Professional Teaching (Elementary K-9). The Elementary Education Program is accredited by the Association for Childhood Education International, and meets Illinois State Board of Education standards in elementary education.

General Requirements

  • 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.
  • Admission to the College of Education is required prior to registration in any professional education courses other than ED 1520, 2000, 4312; ELED 3010; PE 2040; PSYC 2020; S ED 4301; and READ 3700.
  • A one credit hour review course for the Illinois Teacher Certification Test in Elementary/Middle Grades (K-9) is strongly encouraged before applying to student teaching.
  • 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 to the Office of Field Placement before they will be allowed to apply to student teach. In addition, all candidates must pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) certification test (Elementary K- 9) before completing student teaching.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within six years.

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

General Requirements

Students must complete 126-127 credit hours in:

General Education - 54 credit hours

Area of Concentration - 15 credit hours

Professional Education - 57 credit hours

Specific Requirements

General Education / 54 credit hours

Composition / 6 credit hours

ENG 1270 and 1280

Humanities / 9 credit hours

CMAT 1130; ENG 1260; and ART 1100 or MUS 1134

Foreign Language / 6 credit hours in a single foreign language.

Natural Sciences / 12 credit hours

BIOL 1510 and one biological science elective; PH S 1100 and either PH S 1130 or 1140. At least one course must be a laboratory course.

Social Sciences / 15 credit hours

HIST 1310; POL 1010; GEOG 1000 or GEOG 1000 or 1100; PSYC 1100 and 2040. (PSYC 2040 requires a grade of B or above.)

Mathematics / 6 credit hours

MATH 1010, 1020

Area of Concentration / 15 credit hours

Elementary education majors must complete 15 hour concentration in one of the following disciplines approved by their advisor: anthropology, biological sciences, computer science; computer applications, cultural geography; economics; English and language arts; fine arts (art and/or music and/or theater only); general science; history; linguistics; literacy and reading; mathematics; philosophy; physical sciences; political science; psychology; social studies; sociology; Spanish. Except for Mathematics, nine credit hours must be in upper division courses. Minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 required in area of concentration.

Professional Education / 57 credit hours

ED 1520, 2000, 4100, 4312; PSYC 2020; PE 2040; S ED 4301 and 4303*; READ 3700, 4280*, 4160*; ELED 3010, 4140*, 4150*, 4170*, 4190*, 4200*, and 4210*.

The courses must be passed with at least a grade of C. Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 required in Professional Education coursework.

* Restricted to students admitted to the College of Education.

Supportive Course / 1 credit hour

ELED 3092 (May not be counted for degree credit.)

*If student has not successfully completed Illinois Certification Content Area Test in Elementary/Middle Grades (K-9) he/she must take and pass ELED 3092.

Elementary Education (ELED) Course Offerings

3010/201 FUNDAMENTALS FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (4)

Prerequisite: PSYC 2020; ED 1520, 2000; ENG 1270, 1280; successful completion of the English placement examination.

An interrelated approach to the development and understanding of curriculum planning, library research and effective utilization of resources. Writing emphasis course.

3092/092 ILLINOIS ELEMENTARY EDUCATION TEACHER CERTIFICATION REVIEW (1)

Prerequisite: Course will be taken prior to student teaching. Course is restricted to students currently enrolled in the program and CSU program completers. Review of elementary education theory and practice in preparation for the State Teacher Certification Examination. May not be counted for degree credit.

4010/301 TEACHING WRITING IN THE PRIMARY GRADES (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 in the primary grades.

4020/302 TEACHING WRITING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS (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 to middle school students.

Students must be admitted to the College of Education before taking the following courses.

4140/304 TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL /4/ FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; completion of natural sciences requirement (12 hours); ELED 3010 or BIL 2000.

Techniques, methods, and materials for teaching science in the elementary school and middle school grades. Five hours of tutoring. Credit will be given for only one of the following: ELED 214, ELED 4140, or MIDS 4230.

4150/305 TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL /4/ FIELD (3)

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

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. Five hours of tutoring. Credit will be given for only one of the following: ELED 215, ELED 4150, or MIDS 4240.

4170/307 TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE 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 school and middle school grades.

Basic methods and materials for normal and exceptional children. Five hours of tutoring. Credit will be given for only one of the following: ELED 207, ELED 4170, or MIDS 4220.

4190/320 TEACHING THE FINE ARTS, HUMANITIES, AND CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL /4/ (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; ART 1100 or MUS 1134; ELED 3010 or BIL 2000. 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 not be given for both ELED 220 and ELED 4190.

4200/374 FIELD PRACTICUM IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; ELED 4140, 4150, 4170, 4180; consent of the department.

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.

4210/375 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, 3.0 in professional education, and 2.5 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 not be given for both ELED 285 and ELED 4210.

4320 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. May be repeated to a maximum of three credit hours.

4500 FIELD BASED SCIENCE II (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; completion of natural science requirements (12 credit hours); ELED 3010 or BIL 2000; ELED 4140; and consent of the department.

Science content and strategies for teaching science at the elementary school level; course and field work take place off campus at an elementary school.