Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 University Bulletin 
2023-2024 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Elementary Education - B.A. with Early Childhood Education Minor

The major in elementary education prepares students for teaching children in regular education classrooms, grades 1 through 6. The major requirements for the elementary program include foundational and professional courses. Foundational courses focus on building understanding in areas such as child growth and development, learning theory, diversity from multiple lenses, and educational philosophy. Professional courses are designed to integrate the subject matter of the elementary classroom that includes reading and writing, language arts and literature, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, and the fine arts. The professional courses provide a solid foundation in learning specific methods of teaching unique to each subject matter and the development of materials and resources needed to implement lessons and units of study.

Dominican University teacher candidates who major in elementary education will have the unique opportunity to experience a comprehensive clinically based program that includes the liberal arts and sciences core curriculum, foundational courses within the School of Education, and extensive supervised clinically based courses that focus on the development of practices essential to beginning teachers.

Upon entering the undergraduate BA degree program, students take the university general education core curriculum requirements that develop a broad liberal arts and sciences education, with an introduction to education in EDUC 200 - Foundations of Education  and EDUC 310 - History and Philosophy of Education . After completing the first education course, students in good standing who meet requirements for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program can matriculate into the elementary education program with candidacy and begin intensive licensure program coursework and fieldwork.


Additional Requirements:

All courses for the major, including core content courses, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Early Childhood Education Minor

The Elementary Education BA Program is inclusive of the Early Childhood Education Minor and Endorsement. In order to earn the Early Childhood Education Endorsement, Elementary Education majors must take the following courses and pass the the IL Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Early Childhood Education Content Area Test (206)​.

Elementary Education Major required courses for the Early Childhood Education Minor and Endorsement:

Child Growth and Development - EDUC 332  

Planning and Assessment - EDUC 200  , EDUC 376  , EDUC 377  

Methods and Content Pedagogy - EDUC 374  , EDUC 375  , EDUC 378  , EDUC 379  

Literacy Methods - EDUC 373  

Collaborative Relationships with Family or Communities - EDUC 386 , SEDU 356