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 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.