Elementary Education

Candidates seeking a teaching career must have a sincere desire to teach, show intellectual promise and display personal, professional and academic characteristics indicative of competent teachers.

The School of Education’s major goal, according to its conceptual framework, is to create effective practitioners who are committed to scholarship, lifelong inquiry, leadership and social responsibility. These enduring outcomes are developed and nurtured through the curriculum. Educators develop scholarship by acquiring a breadth and depth of knowledge in the field. As scholars, they develop lifelong inquiry by immersing themselves in a process of on-going questioning and reflection that results in informed thinking and decision-making. They assume leadership roles in a variety of venues where they can affect change and improve practice. Their leadership is guided by a sense of social responsibility to create fair and equitable environments that support and enhance learning in order to maximize each individual’s potential.

Advantages of studying elementary education at Benedictine

  • Personal attention and guidance provided by skilled academic adviser.
  • The career flexibility made possible by a liberal arts degree.
  • The opportunity to gain experience through off campus preclinicals and a 16-week student teaching experience under the guidanceof certified professionals.
  • Integration of technology into coursework.
  • Quality instruction from experienced faculty who have worked extensively in both private and public schools.
  • Advantage of job placement aid through the adviser Office of Career Development.
  • Licensure as a teacher in Illinois.

What are the requirements for elementary education?

The student prepares for a degree in Elementary Education that leads to an Illinois teaching license by completing courses that satisfy general education and professional education requirements along with an 18 semester-hour concentration in Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Computer Science, Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics), History, Social Science or Spanish. This concentration satisfies the subject area requirements for a middle-grade endorsement. Students also receive a solid foundation in methodologies through the following experiences:

  • Preclinicals: Experiences that involve observing and teaching under a professional teacher in an off-campus classroom setting
  • Micro-teaching: An opportunity to participate in and evaluate various teaching activities
  • Student Teaching: A full semester of teaching under professional guidance

As candidates progress through their program, they will develop an understanding of the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and the Content-Area Standards for Educators. In addition to successful completion of their coursework, they will also develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their growth in teaching and service to education as well as their understanding of the Illinois standards. Their preparedness to teach will also be demonstrated through passage of the Test of Academic Performance (TAP), Content-Area Test and Assessment of Professional Teaching Test.

What does elementary licensure at Benedictine offer?

The program provides students with opportunities to develop strong interpersonal skills, effective communication practices and a dedicated commitment to children in an atmosphere of reflection and community.

School of Education
Benedictine University

MeShelda Jackson, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Sally Shore
Office Assistant

Email: sshore@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6280

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