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


LAE101English Composition I

LAE102English Composition II

LAT210Effective Speaking


LAE307Literature for Children

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.
LAA101Art Appreciation I

LAA102Art Appreciation II

LAA110Introduction to Art

LAA200Arts in Chicago

LAT220Introduction to Theatre

LAU110Introduction to Music

LAU220Music as Social Experience

Quantitative Reasoning

LAM112Math Content for Teachers I

LAM213Math Content for Teachers II

Physical and Life Sciences

LAN110General Biology

LAN150Survey of Physical Science

Note: One course must have a lab.

Social Sciences

LAS120Introduction to American Politics


LAS200U.S. History and Culture: 1492-1828


LAS201U.S. History and Culture: 1828-1898


LAS203U.S. History and Culture: 1898-Present


LAS300Contemporary World Cultures


LAS110Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


LAS302Asian History and Culture


LAS303Sub-Saharan African Cultures


LAS304Middle and South American Cultures

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

Behavioral Science

LAP100General Psychology


LIBR200Digital Information Literacy

Additional General Education Requirements - 10 QH

LAN300Ecology and Conservation




LAN304Human Physiology


LAN306Microbes--Global Perspectives


LAN325Human Genetics


LAN422Biological Evolution


LAP201Psychology of Early Childhood

Notes: Another Science elective may be accepted. Another Developmental Psychology course may be accepted in place of LAP 201.

Foundational Requirements, Undergraduate Core

ELE210History and Philosophy of Education

EPS300Educational Psychology: Theory in Classroom Practice

SPE300Survey of Exceptional Children and Adolescents

TIE300Introduction to Technology in the Classroom

Remaining Foundational Requirements

ELE300Elementary Education: Practicum I Seminar/Field Experience

ELE345Methods of Teaching Arts Education

ELE347Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education

Professional Sequence - 38 QH

ELE410Elementary Education: Practicum II

ELE415Elementary Education Practicum II: Field Experience

ELE420Elementary Education: Practicum III

ELE425Elementary Education Practicum III: Field Experience

RLL478Literacy Methods I: K-4

RLL479Literacy Methods II: 5-9

CIS480AMethods of Teaching Social Studies

MHE480AMethods of Teaching Mathematics

SCE480AMethods of Teaching Science

ELE470Elementary Education: Student Teaching

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