Elementary Education, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Elementary Education

department office: Curriculum & Instruction

311 Education Building

1310 South Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 244-8286

department website: https://education.illinois.edu/ci

department faculty: Curriculum & Instruction Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: College of Education

college website: https://education.illinois.edu/

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

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.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Elementary Education

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 and Society (Or program approved equivalent courses)
EPSY 201Educational Psychology 63
EDPR 250School & Community Experiences 74
EDPR 432Ed Prac in EC & ELED12
SPED 405General Educator's Role in Special Education3
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 432Investigative Approach to Elementary Mathematics Instruction3
CI 448Teaching Elementary Social Studies3
CI 450Teaching Elementary Science I3
CI 451Teaching Elementary Science II3
CI 467Principles in Teaching Literature to Children and Youth3
CI 475Teaching Elementary Reading and Language Arts I3
CI 476Teaching Elementary and Middle Grade Language Arts3
FAA 202Artsful Teaching through Integ3
CI 452Social Studies as Action and Inquiry3
Total Hours120

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