Upon completion of the Elementary Education, B.A. program, students will:

  • meet current State of Illinois standards for Elementary Education licensure
  • gain knowledge of philosophical and educational principles underlying the teaching of elementary students
  • gain knowledge and practice methods of teaching elementary students
  • qualify for Elementary Education Endorsement
  • complete 200 clock hours in a local school and a student teaching experience

The bachelor's degree in Elementary Education is nationally accredited by the Association for Childhood Education International.

Bilingual Education Endorsement

Candidates in the Elementary Education, B.A. program who want to add a bilingual education endorsement need to pass a Language Proficiency Test (TLP), complete one of the clinicals (ELED 328A or ELED 328B) in a bilingual setting, and an 18 credit hour sequence.

Math and Science Concepts Minor

Candidates in the Elementary Education, B.A. program who want to add a minor in Math and Science Concepts need to fulfill the clinical experience requirement in a high-need school and complete the MSTQE program of study.

Program Benefits

The Goodwin College of Education offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes.

Students get personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain connections to internships, career fairs and educational conferences.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education will satisfy all standards for teacher licensure as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Northeastern Illinois University has not made a determination as to whether this education degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any of the other 54 U.S. states and jurisdictions. Specific requirements for licensure or certification in states other than Illinois vary from state-to-state. In some cases, you may need to take additional coursework or exams to meet individual state requirements and/or you may need to complete background checks.

Career Options

Students who complete the B.A. in Elementary Education can find a career in public or private sector positions, such as:

  • Elementary School Teacher

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the B.A. in Elementary Education and the courses offered toward the degree.

Elementary Education, B.A.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Teacher Education at (773) 442-5380.

Teacher Education

About Northeastern

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