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NEW: Major in Elementary Teacher Education

Applications are being accepted for Fall Term 2017.

Information on the old elementary education program is available here.

Elmhurst College’s innovative new program in elementary teacher education prepares students for licensure to teach in grades one through six. The two-year program is designed as a major for juniors and seniors with a minor in a high-need area of education.

Students in the new program begin their in-school clinical experiences early in their education, with close supervision and coordination from faculty. Candidates are placed in clinical experiences by the program director. Courses are offered together in term-length “blocks,” with each block devoted to a different grade level or teaching experience.

  • Block 1 focuses on 1st–3rd grade classrooms.
  • Block 2 centers on 4th–6th grade classrooms. 
  • Block 3 involves day-long internships in schools with a focus on meeting the needs of individual students and building an inclusive classroom. 
  • Block 4 is a 15-week full-time student teaching clinical experience in a 1st– through 6th-grade classroom.

Because of its two-year “block” design, the program works especially well for transfer students from community colleges.

Each block of courses is co-taught by a team of faculty members who also coordinate courses and fieldwork and supervise students in their prearranged school sites. Students in the program complete a minor in one of four high-need areas:

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