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Be a steward of young minds.
Elementary teachers have the unique joy and responsibility of caring for young minds in their most formative years. We will develop you personally, professionally, and practically to equip you to transition from sitting in a classroom to leading a classroom.
Elementary Education Overview
- 61 credit hours
- 9 faculty/adjuncts
Did You Know?
Elementary education majors now have the option to take courses toward the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) endorsement, which allows candidates to teach special education in grades 1-6, the grade levels they will be licensed to teach in Illinois.
Our Education major allows you to choose an area of concentration and features strong courses in diversity, special education, and ESL, including:
- Foundations of Teaching ESL
- Introduction to Special Education
- Literacy Methods for Emerging Readers
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EARN A SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT
Elementary education majors may take courses toward the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) endorsement. This endorsement requires 4 courses that provide a foundation for identification, diagnosis, and educational programming for students with disabilities. The courses in the LBS I sequence provide candidates with a broader foundation for meeting the diverse needs of students in general education classrooms. The endorsement allows candidates to teach special education in grades 1-6, the grade levels they will be licensed to teach in the state of Illinois.
CAREERS & INTERNSHIPS
Training in actual classrooms is a key component of our Education major. During your time here at Trinity, you will complete over 200 hours of field experience prior to your student teaching. Our students graduate with experience in diverse elementary school settings and with a reputation for being teachers of integrity.
Dr. Karen Wrobbel
“Trinity-prepared teachers are known for their mastery of the practical skills of teaching, the professional aspect, as all are taught to be reflective practitioners who think about what they are doing and why and continually improve, and most importantly, their personal connection with students and value they place on each student as one of God’s image-bearers."
Career Objectives Include:
- Elementary School Teacher
- School Administrator
- School Librarian
- School Counselor
- Curriculum Developer
- Teacher’s Aide
- Daycare Teacher
- Private Tutor
Some options may require an advanced degree.
Golden Apple Scholars
The Golden Apple Scholars program identifies talented high school seniors, and first and second-year college students, who will commit to teach in high-need schools. The program provides scholarship assistance and a paid summer institute where students receive classroom experience and professional mentoring.
|ED 101||Introduction to Teaching||2 hours|
|ED 103||Professional Skills for Teachers||1 hour|
|ED 240||Foundations of Education||2 hours|
|ED 260X||Educational Psychology/Human Development||3 hours|
|ED 309||Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language||3 hours|
|ED 310||General Teaching Methods||2 hours|
|ED 311||General Teaching Methods Pre-Clinical Experience||1 hour|
|ED 312||Literacy Methods for Emerging Readers||3 hours|
|ED 322||Literacy Methods for Upper Elementary Grades||3 hours|
|ED 330||Introduction to Special Education||3 hours|
|ED 342||Methods of Teaching Science, Health, and Social Science*||3 hours|
|ED 345||Methods of Teaching Mathematics||3 hours|
|ED 350||Integrated Methods Pre-Clinical Experience||2 hours|
|ED 356||Integrating Specials into the Elementary Curriculum||1 hour|
|ED 380||Diversity in Education||1 hour|
|ED 381||Diversity Pre-Clinical Experience||1 hour|
|ED 401||Clinical Practice in the Elementary School||12 hours|
|ED 421||Classroom Management||1 hour|
|ED 422||Advanced Seminar in Education||2 hours|
|ED 430||Educational Research & Assessment||2 hours|
|Required Supporting Courses|
|GEO 100||World Geography||3 hours|
|MA 120||College Algebra & Trigonometry||4 hours|
or HI 122
|United States History Through the Civil War
or United States History Since the Civil War
|Total Hours||61 hours|
|* All candidates must pass a competency test in Illinois history or meet the competency requirement through transfer of an appropriate course prior to taking ED 342.|