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Elementary Education Undergraduate Program

The Elementary Education Program prepares candidates to teach in grades 1 through 6.
Completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and prepares candidates to
obtain an Illinois Professional Educators License with an endorsement in Elementary Education
and a Reading Teacher Endorsement. The Elementary Education Program consists of general
education and professional education courses that address requirements for graduation and
the State of Illinois requirements for licensure.

Elementary Education candidates will be concurrently enrolled in professional education
coursework and field/practicum experiences designed to reinforce concepts and skills learned
in the university classroom. The field/practicum experience blocks are designed to provide
opportunities for candidates to apply course concepts in authentic environments. Required
activities and assignments provide candidates with the opportunity to connect theory and
practice, and prepare candidates for daily classroom responsibilities.
Elementary Education teacher candidates will observe and participate in a wide range of in-
classroom teaching experiences in order to develop the skills and confidence necessary to be
an effective teacher. The Elementary Education practicum and student teaching/clinical practice
experiences have been designed as a serious apprenticeship that requires teacher candidates
to spend a one academic year inside schools working alongside veteran Elementary School

  • Fairness - the commitment demonstrated in striving to meet the educational needs of all persons in a caring, non-discriminatory and equitable manner
  • Belief that all students can learn - demonstrating behaviors that are inclusive of all children: using data to make instructional decisions, differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners and demonstrating cultural responsiveness
  • Collaboration - the process where two or more people work together in an intersection of common goals by jointly developing and agreeing to a set of common goals and directions; sharing responsibility for obtaining those goals; and working together to achieve those goals, using the expertise of each collaborator
  • Professionalism - the commitment to maintain standards of professional conduct and demonstrate appropriate behavior
  • Commitment to learning - the investment of effort in learning along with a commitment to scholarship and professional development

For more information, please review the admission requirements page, as well as the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.


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