The Elementary Education major is designed to provide qualified candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to enter elementary school teaching. Candidates who successfully complete the major are eligible to receive an Illinois Professional Educator License for grades 1-6.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education will be able to:

  • teach in their respective fields
  • plan, deliver, and assess effective instructional experiences that align with learning standards, educational theory, and knowledge of student development
  • exhibit appropriate professional dispositions that reflect the personal, professional, and practical components of teaching
  • evidence Christian values in their personal and professional practice, while respecting the exercise of individual moral decisions
  • address the differing needs of a diverse student population with professional competence, respect, and fairness

Additional Licensure Requirements

Candidates must pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency, the appropriate content area test(s), the teacher performance assessment (edTPA), and all required licensure tests in order to complete their program. Candidates are required to comply with all state requirements that are in place at the time of application for licensure. Consult the Division of Education for specific information.

Optional Additional Endorsement

A candidate may earn the Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement (an addition to the teaching license) by completing ED 330, ED 352, ED 353, and ED 354, and passing the appropriate Illinois Licensure Testing System exam. Earning this additional endorsement may be a good investment of elective credit hours for interested candidates, since LBS1 is currently a teaching shortage area throughout the state of Illinois. 

Major Courses
ED 101Introduction to Teaching2
ED 103Professional Skills for Teachers1
ED 240Foundations of Education2
ED 260XEducational Psychology/Human Development3
ED 309Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language3
ED 310General Teaching Methods2
ED 311General Teaching Methods Pre-Clinical Experience1
ED 312Literacy Methods for Emerging Readers3
ED 322Literacy Methods for Upper Elementary Grades3
ED 330Introduction to Special Education3
ED 342Methods of Teaching Science, Health, and Social Science 13
ED 345Methods of Teaching Mathematics3
ED 356Integrating Specials into the Elementary Curriculum1
ED 350Integrated Pre-Clinical Experience2
ED 380Diversity in Education1
ED 381Diversity Pre-clinical Experience1
ED 401Clinical Practice in the Elementary School12
ED 421Classroom Management1
ED 422Advanced Seminar in Education2
ED 430Educational Research and Assessment2
Required Supporting Courses
GEO 100World Geography3
MA 120College Algebra and Trigonometry4
HI 121United States History Through the Civil War3
or HI 122 United States History Since the Civil War
Total Hours61

All candidates must pass a competency test in Illinois history or meet the competency requirement through transfer of an appropriate course prior to taking  ED 342.

In order to meet state licensure requirements, including broad content preparation in the multiple areas of elementary teaching, students must develop content knowledge in a range of subjects. The education department expects students to accomplish this through their general education courses, so does not specifically list these courses as major requirements. However, due to state licensure requirements, in order to be recommended by Trinity for licensure, all elementary education candidates will need to have studied (evidenced by transcript) the following areas:

  • Academic writing, including research. Grammar and usage studied as needed. Fulfilled through ENG 111 in Trinity’s general education core.
  • Coursework that addresses at least three areas of the sciences (i.e., physical, life, and earth and space). Fulfilled through BIO 103 and PS 110 in Trinity’s general education core.
  • Coursework that addresses at least four areas of the social sciences (i.e. history, geography, civics and government, and psychology). Fulfilled through HI 201 or HI 202, POL 250, and SOC 330 or COM 330 in Trinity’s general education core, and education supporting course requirement GEO 100.
  • Mathematics including college algebra. Fulfilled by MA 117 or waiver in Trinity’s general education core, and education supporting course requirement MA 120.
  • Health and well-being. Fulfilled through HPW 180 in Trinity’s general education core.

    Students who complete general education at Trinity will be advised to select the appropriate options when planning their general education courses. Transfer students should plan to include this content in their Associate of Arts program or anticipate taking courses as outlined above as supporting courses.