Elmhurst University’s innovative 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. Because of its design, the program also works especially well for transfer students from community colleges.
Students in this 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.
Learn in Term-Length Blocks
Courses are offered together in term-length blocks, with each block devoted to a different grade level or teaching experience. Explore the blocks in the accordion below.
Block 1 focuses on first through third grade classrooms.
- ELM 300 Elementary Curriculum, Planning, and Instruction for the Primary Grades
- ELM 301 Elementary Education Practicum in Primary Classrooms
- ELM 314 Elementary Methods and Materials for Literacy Learners in Diverse Primary Classrooms
- ELM 341 Primary Classroom Methods in Elementary Mathematics, Science, and Social Science
Block 2 focuses on fourth through six grade classrooms.
- ELM 350 Elementary Curriculum, Planning, and Instruction for the Intermediate Grades
- ELM 352 Elementary Education Practicum in Intermediate Classrooms
- ELM 372 Methods and Materials for Literacy Learners in Diverse Intermediate and Middle-Level Classrooms
- ELM 382 Intermediate Classroom Methods in Elementary Mathematics, Science, and Social Science
Block 3 involves daylong internships in schools with a focus on meeting the needs of individual students and building an inclusive classroom.
- ELM 419 Evidenced-based Elementary Classroom Assessment and Learning Environments
- SPE 440 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties
- SPE 442 Remediation of Difficulties in Understanding and Applying Mathematics
- ELM 450 Elementary School Practicum and Professional Practice Seminar
Block 4 is a 15-week, full-time student teaching clinical experience in a first through sixth grade classroom.
- ELM 471 Elementary Education Reflective Practice Seminar
- ELM 498 Elementary Education Capstone Seminar
- ELM 451 Student Teaching in Elementary Education
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:
- Reading education (earns the Reading Teacher Endorsement)
- Educating students with exceptionalities (earns the Learning Behavior Specialist 1(LBS1) Endorsement)
- Teaching English learners (earns the ESL or Bilingual Endorsement)
- Mathematics education (can be selected as a secondary minor only)
Applications are accepted beginning Feb. 1 and reviewed the first of each month until the cohort is filled. All four areas of specialization are offered with fall admission.
- Prerequisite Coursework Checklist
- Block Schedule (coming soon)