Jan 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Elementary Education (B.S.Ed.)


The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree in Elementary Education is designed to prepare future educators with the knowledge and pedagogical approaches necessary to serve the needs of young learners. The program has been designed so candidates choose one emphasis.

All students seeking admission are required to have an overall minimum NIU GPA of 2.75 and receive a grade of C or better in all professional education course work. Candidates seeking professional educator licensure must pass any state-mandated tests for licensure/certification prior to student teaching. Candidates must also pass the Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) content area test (test code 197-200) prior to student teaching. See also “Educator Licensure Information.”

Retention

Retention in elementary education is contingent on maintaining an NIU cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, having a grade of C or better in all professional education courses and successful completion of all clinical/field experiences. All course requirements (in and outside the department and in the area of study) require a grade of C or better. Students are encouraged to maintain close contact with their advisers as the program is tightly sequenced.

All candidates pursuing the B.S.Ed. degree with a major in elementary education must choose an emphasis in one of the following: Bilingual/ESL, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood with Special Education approval, Elementary Mathematics Education, Reading Teacher, or Special Education. Coursework in Bilingual/ESL, Early Childhood Education, Reading Teacher, and Special Education with the addition of an Illinois Professional Testing Standards (IPTS) test, leads to recommendation for additional endorsements on a teaching license. Early Childhood Education with Special Education coursework with successful completion of appropriate IPTS test leads to endorsement in Early Childhood Education with state approval in special education. Candidates must complete all required course work for these endorsements.  

Students who successfully complete the program will have completed all required ISBE and CAEP standards for educator licensure. However, to be licensed in the state of Illinois, students must also pass the EdTPA.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

Requirements outside Department (57)


Science laboratory


Candidates must complete one course from each of the following science areas: Biological, Physical, and Earth & Space Science. Science course work must include at least one laboratory course.

Biological Science Courses


Physical Science Courses


Earth and Space Science Courses


Select one of the following areas of study:


Emphasis 1. Bilingual/ESL (15)


The emphasis in Bilingual/ESL reflects the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards. Successful completion of this emphasis as part of the elementary education major leads to the recommendation for the additional area of a Bilingual and/or ESL endorsement on a teaching license. The Bilingual endorsement requires the passing of a Target Language Proficiency Exam and LTIC 435. 

Emphasis 2. Early Childhood Education (18)


The emphasis in Early Childhood Education (ECE) reflects the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education and the National Association of the Education of Young Children standards. Successful completion of this emphasis as part of the elementary education major leads to the recommendation for the additional are of ECE endorsement on a teaching license. The ECE endorsement requires passing of the appropriate IPTS Content Test.  

Emphasis 3. Early Childhood Education with Special Education Approval (18)


The emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) reflects the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education, Council for Exceptional Children, and National Association of the Education of Young Children standards. Successful completion of this emphasis as part of the elementary education major leads to the recommendation for the additional are of ECSE endorsement on a teaching license. The ECSE endorsement requires passing of the appropriate IPTS Content Test.  

Emphasis 4. Elementary Mathematics Education (14)


The emphasis in Elementary Mathematics Education reflects standards established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Successful completion of this emphasis as part of the elementary education major does not lead to the recommendation for an additional licensure area.

One of the following (3)


Emphasis 5. Reading Teacher (15)


The Reading Teacher emphasis reflects the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education and International Literacy Association standards. Successful completion of this emphasis as part of the elementary education major leads to the recommendation for the additional area of Reading Teacher endorsement on a teaching license. The Reading Teacher endorsement requires the passing of the Reading Teacher Content Test (test code 177).

Emphasis 6: Special Education (16)


The emphasis in Special Education reflects the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. Successful completion of this emphasis as part of the elementary education major leads to the recommendation for the additional area of Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) endorsement on a teaching license. Additional course work is required for this endorsement. The Special Education endorsement requires the passing of the Learning Behavior Specialist I Exam (test code 155).

Total Hours for a Major in Elementary Education: 120-122