The elementary education major prepares qualified candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to teach elementary students (grades 1-6), and to evidence Christian values in their personal and professional practice while respecting the exercise of individual moral decisions. 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:

  • display thorough content knowledge to teach in their respective fields.
  • be able to 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 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 Teaching1
ED 103Professional Skills for Teachers1
ED 124Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
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
ENG 323Children's and Adolescent Literature3
Required Courses for Licensure
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. Generally this can be accomplished through the general education courses though some courses beyond the required general education will be required. To meet state licensure requirements, and be recommended by Trinity for licensure, all elementary education candidates will need to have studied (evidenced by transcript) the following areas:
Art Appreciation (or) May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
Comparative Arts
Music Appreciation
Introductory Biology May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
Introduction to Economics May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
Microeconomics
English Composition May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
Critical Thinking and Composition May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
World Geography May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
United States History Through the Civil War May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
United States History Since the Civil War
Introduction to Health and Wellness May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
The Western Heritage I: From Antiquity to the Reformation
The Western Heritage II: From the Scientific Revolution to the Twentieth Century
Literary Classics of the Western World
Mathematics in the Modern World May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
College Algebra and Trigonometry May be used to fulfill a general education requirement
Introduction to the Physical World
American Government May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
Total Hours54

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.