Elementary Education, B.A.

The Elementary Education program is for future teachers who wish to teach grades K–9. Successful completion of the program enables students to apply for licensure by entitlement in Illinois for a Professional Educator License endorsed for self-contained general education (kindergarten to grade 9) and, with completion of additional requirements, the courses may be used toward a Middle Level endorsement.

Special Admissions Requirements:

Admission to the Elementary Education program is a two step process. Students must first be admitted to National Louis University.

Applicants to the Elementary Education program must:

  • Pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ISBE approved alternative
  • Have completed all General Education and Foundational courses (except LIBR 200, Developmental Psychology and Science elective, which may be completed after admission). Students who receive a “D” or “F” in a Foundational course must petition the Academic Policies Committee if they wish to receive permission to retake the course. Foundational courses may not be repeated without the permission of the council.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or better at National Louis University, with a grade of "C" or better in each course required for the degree
  • Have completed 45 pre-clinical observation hours
  • Submit applications requesting Practicum II and Practicum III placements

Program Details:

  • Requires 180 QH, including 60 QH of General Education, for completion
  • 60 QH of coursework must be completed at NLU
  • Credit by examination is accepted for general education and elective credit
  • The Professional Education Sequence must be taken at NLU
  • A minimum grade of “C” in all courses in the program is required 
  • Faculty reviews each student during his or her Professional Sequence to determine continued eligibility in the Elementary Education program
  • Completion of a minimum of 100 clock hours of preclinical experience (practicum) is required prior to student teaching
  • Requires student teaching
  • Requires practicum
  • Requires observations
  • Candidates must complete a second major or minor, listed below
  • Coursework completed as part of the second major or minor can, with other requirements, be applied toward a Middle Level Endorsement in that subject. For more details, visit Licensure and Endorsement at NLU.

Second Major options:

Minor options:

Required Courses

Communications

LAE 101English Composition I

5

LAE 102English Composition II

5

LAT 210Effective Speaking

5

Humanities

LAE 307Literature for Children

5

Fine Arts

Choose 4 QH of introductory coursework that includes content for the appreciation of art, and/or music, and/or drama. The courses listed below meet that description, though others may be accepted.
LAA 101Art Appreciation I

2

LAA 102Art Appreciation II

3

LAA 110Introduction to Art

2

LAA 200Arts in Chicago

5

LAT 220Introduction to Theatre

5

LAU 110Introduction to Music

2

LAU 220Music as Social Experience

5

Quantitative Reasoning

LAM 112Math Content for Teachers I

5

LAM 213Math Content for Teachers II

5

Physical and Life Sciences

LAN 110General Biology

5

LAN 150Survey of Physical Science

5

Note: One course must have a lab.

Social Sciences

LAS 120Introduction to American Politics

5

or

LAS 200U.S. History and Culture: 1492-1828

5

or

LAS 201U.S. History and Culture: 1828-1898

5

or

LAS 203U.S. History and Culture: 1898-Present

5

and

LAS 300Contemporary World Cultures

5

or

LAS 110Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

5

or

LAS 302Asian History and Culture

5

or

LAS 303Sub-Saharan African Cultures

5

or

LAS 304Middle and South American Cultures

5

Notes: Another U.S. History course may be accepted. LAS 300 is preferred. Another non-western social science course may be accepted.

Behavioral Science

LAP 100General Psychology

5

Library

LIBR 200Digital Information Literacy

2

Additional General Education Requirements - 10 QH

LAN 300Ecology and Conservation

3 OR 5

or

LAN 303Botany

5

or

LAN 304Human Physiology

5

or

LAN 306Microbes--Global Perspectives

5

or

LAN 325Human Genetics

5

or

LAN 422Biological Evolution

5

and

LAP 201Psychology of Early Childhood

5

Notes: Another Science elective may be accepted. Another Developmental Psychology course may be accepted in place of LAP 201. If selected, LAN 300 must be taken for 5 semester hours.

Foundational Requirements, Undergraduate Core

ELE 210History and Philosophy of Education

3

EPS 300Educational Psychology: Theory in Classroom Practice

5

SPE 300Survey of Exceptional Children and Adolescents

5

TIE 300Introduction to Technology in the Classroom

3

Remaining Foundational Requirements

ELE 300Elementary Education: Practicum I Seminar/Field Experience

4

ELE 345Methods of Teaching Arts Education

3

ELE 347Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education

3

Professional Sequence - 38 QH

ELE 410Elementary Education: Practicum II

3

ELE 415Elementary Education Practicum II: Field Experience

2

ELE 420Elementary Education: Practicum III

3

ELE 425Elementary Education Practicum III: Field Experience

2

RLL 478Literacy Methods I: K-4

3

RLL 479Literacy Methods II: 5-9

2

CIS 480AMethods of Teaching Social Studies

4

MHE 480AMethods of Teaching Mathematics

4

SCE 480AMethods of Teaching Science

3

ELE 470Elementary Education: Student Teaching

12

Second Major - 45 QH

See links to majors above

Minor - 30 QH

See links to minors above

Electives - 15 QH

Choose 15 QH of elective courses

Note: MLE 300 and MLE 302 are recommended.

Elementary Education Student Teaching Enrollment Requirements

Admission to and continuance in student teaching are contingent on the following actions.

Candidates must:

  • Be accepted into the National College of Education
  • File, by the designated deadline, the application form for student teaching
  • Submit to their advisor a report of a TB test taken within 90 days of the student teaching placement, results of criminal background check and acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter status form
  • Turn in a signed log of all the pre-clinical hours specified in their pre-clinical hours required for the program
  • Pass the Elementary/Middle Grades Content Test (110) before student teaching
  • Complete all of their licensure courses except for ELE 470 (Student Teaching)
  • Pass all methods courses at National Louis University with a grade no lower than a B
  • Participate in faculty assessment and receive approval of his or her portfolio (Livetext)
  • Provide evidence of emotional stability, adequate personality adjustment and competency as indicated by licensure coursework and departmental assessments