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Elementary Education and
Professional Educator License (PEL)


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Benedictine University’s elementary education program prepares teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills that will shape and influence their students’ learning through critical-thinking, research-based decisions and best practices.

These practices produce highly effective practitioners who actively promote critical-thinking skills in their students, innovatively manage the learning environment and consistently monitor student progress to adjust curriculum delivery. Students receive quality instruction from experienced faculty who have more than 125 years of K-12 classroom experience. Teacher candidates also have additional opportunities to work with students by tutoring in after-school programs, designing activities for after-school events, participating in service projects and attending professional development conferences. Teacher candidates learn to collaborate with others to positively impact students, the community and the professional field.

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Students in the Elementary Education program have the opportunities to:

Have hands-on experience in a variety of classroom settings, to pinpoint where professional passions lie.
Work in an assistive technology lab to learn new methods for working with students who have disabilities.
Form great networking opportunities and career advancement within some of the highest-paying school districts in Illinois.
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What Our Graduates Do With This Degree

Elementary Education Alumni

Graduates of Benedictine’s elementary education program teach in public and private elementary schools throughout Illinois, as well as serve as reading specialists, paraprofessionals, principals and school district administrators.

Preclinicals and Student Teaching

Elementary education students complete three preclinical experiences in locations within 30 miles of Benedictine’s Lisle campus in some of the highest-paying school districts in Illinois, followed by a 16-week student teaching experience. Students are placed in public and private school programs reflective of each candidate’s professional goals and aspirations.

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Technology in the Classroom

As elementary school classroom best practices continue to evolve, so does our preparation of teacher candidates at Benedictine. The integration of technology into classroom activities is an important component to our curriculum.

Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

Students must pass the education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) at the end of their program. Upon
successful completion of the elementary education major with licensure test requirements, students earn a Professional Educator License (PEL) for teaching grades 1-6 in Illinois. Benedictine education students have a 100% first-time pass rate on state licensure exams.

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