Elementary Education


Department: Curriculum and Instruction

Interim Head of Department: Sarah McCarthey
311 Education Building, 1310 South Sixth, Champaign, (217) 244-8286

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Curriculum Preparatory to Elementary School Teaching

This program prepares teachers for grades one through six.  A minimum of 120 semester hours is necessary for graduation1

Illinois law requires passing the Illinois Licensure Testing System Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to student teaching. The Illinois State Board of Education has determined the ACT Plus Writing/SAT scores can be used in lieu of a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly known as the Illinois Test of Basic Skills). See information on the details.

Students pursuing  teacher licensure programs in the College of Education (COE) must meet requirements in a series of sequential gateways. Included in the gateway requirements are successful completion of specified coursework, achievement of appropriate grade point averages, requirements for clinical experiences, and appropriate tests for the licensure area. Meeting all Gateway requirements leads to degree and licensure completion.

In order to be recommended for licensure, candidates are required to maintain University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, cumulative, content area, and professional education grade point averages of 2.5 (A=4.0). Candidates in teaching licensure programs must maintain a C or better in ALL content and professional education coursework. Candidates should consult their adviser or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade point averages. For teacher education licensure requirements applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education

Licensure requirements are subject to change without notice as a result of new mandates from the Illinois State Board of Education or the Illinois General Assembly.

Degree Requirements

EDUC 101Education Orientation Seminar1
Composition I
Composition I4
Advanced Composition
Advanced Composition3-4
Natural Sciences and Technology 2
Life science3-4
Physical science (mathematics not acceptable)3-4
Cultural Studies 3
US Minority3-4
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Two courses from the approved Social and Behavioral Sciences general education course list.6-8
Quantitative Reasoning 4
MATH 103Theory of Arithmetic4
MATH 117Elementary Mathematics3-4
or STAT 100 Statistics
Humanities/Arts 3
Two courses from the approved Humanities and the Arts general education course list.6
Language Other Than English
Three years of one language other than English in high school or completion of the third semester of college level language.0-12
Health and Physical Development
KIN 268Children's Movement3
Elective Courses (if needed to complete the 120 hour graduation requirement) 16
Professional Education
EDUC 201
EDUC 202
Identity and Difference in Education
and Social Justice, School & Society (Or program approved equivalent courses)
EPSY 201Educational Psychology 63
EDPR 250School & Community Experiences 74
EDPR 432Ed Prac in EC & ELED12
SPED 405Gen Educator's Role in SPED3
CI 415Language Varieties, Cultures and Learning3
CI 405Introduction to Teaching Elementary Age Children3
CI 407Theory Practice in Elementary School Teaching II3
CI 406Theory Practice in Elementary School Teaching I3
CI 430Teaching Children Mathematics3
CI 432Invest Approach Elem Math Inst3
CI 448Tchg Elem Social Studies3
CI 450Teaching Elementary Science I3
CI 451Teaching Elementary Science II3
CI 467Princ Tchg Lit to Child Youth3
CI 475Teaching Elementary Reading and Language Arts I3
CI 476Teaching Elementary and Middle Grade Language Arts3
FAA 202Artsful Teaching through Integ3
CI 452Soc Stu as Action and Inquiry3
Total Hours120

TOTAL minimum hours include general education and professional education credits.5


EDUC Class Schedule


EDUC 101   Education Orientation Seminar   credit: 1 Hour.

Informational orientation seminar for Education majors to enhance their understanding of college life and the field of education as a profession.

EDUC 102   Freshman Honors Seminar   credit: 1 Hour.

Provides an introduction to critical issues in education with focus on selected contemporary issues in the field; emphasis is on critical analysis and reflection on relationships between teachers, schools, and society.

EDUC 201   Identity and Difference in Education   credit: 3 Hours.

Focuses on the role of identity in schooling and the way in which identity is socially constructed. Examine how power and privilege impact equity and opportunities based on socially constructed identities such as race, social class, gender, sexual identity, language, (dis)ability, and nationalism. Explore asset-based frameworks that are identity affirming and counter deficit-based perspectives. This course is designed for students interested in reflecting on their own experiences as learners by critically examining their socially constructed identities and "ways of knowing" and the societal implications of these experiences. It is also for those considering careers in teaching, and anyone interested in reflecting on how issues of inclusion, exclusion, power, and privilege play out in education.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - US Minority

EDUC 202   Social Justice, School & Society   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the nature of justice and the dynamics of a pluralistic society to derive a conception of social justice. Working with this conception, it asks how schools function to perpetuate and/or remediate social injustice. The course will consider the history and nature of schooling, issues of access and tracking, and notions of the public and the common. The course is designed for students interested in reflecting on their own educational histories, for those considering careers in teaching, and for all future parents and citizens needing to be able to reflect critically on justice, school, and society.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Advanced Composition
Humanities - Hist & Phil

EDUC 299   Education Study Abroad   credit: 0 to 18 Hours.

Provides credit toward the undergraduate degree for study at approved, accredited foreign institutions or approved overseas programs. Final determination of credit is made upon the student's completion of the work. College of Education students studying abroad on a Campus or College of Education program should enroll in 299 as a placeholder course for a semester length study abroad and in 499 for short term study abroad programs. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 36 term hours per academic year or to a total of 44 term hours, all of which must be earned in a calendar year. Prerequisite: One year of residence at UIUC, good academic standing, and a prior approval of the College of Education. (Summer session, 0 to 8 hours).

EDUC 499   Education Abroad   credit: 0 to 4 Hours.

This course will serve as a foundation for your education abroad experience. The class will center on the experience of travel as it relates to education - your own education, the education systems and policies you encounter, as well as your prospective role as a future educator. This course will introduce comparative education inquiry and provide space to consider the cultural, political, and ethical implications of engaging in education travel and research in cross-cultural, global contexts. 0 to 3 undergraduate hours. 0 to 4 graduate hours. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated if topics vary.