64 credit hours
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. School field experience begins in your freshman year. Our students graduate with experience in diverse elementary school settings and with a reputation for being teachers of integrity.
Most Elementary Education majors take 3-4 years to finish their degree.
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.
The Elementary Education major prepares you with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach elementary students (grades 1-6), and to model Christian values in your profession. Successful Elementary Education graduates are eligible to receive an Illinois Professional Educator License for grades 1-6.
Our education major features strong courses in diversity, special education and English as a new language so you are prepared to teach the wide range of students who will be in your classroom.
|ED 101||Introduction to Teaching||1 hour|
|ED 103||Professional Skills for Teachers||1 hour|
|ED 124||Historical and Philosophical Foundations
|ED 260X||Educational Psychology/Human Development||3 hours|
|ED 309||Foundations of Teaching English
as a Second Language
|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*
|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
|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|
|United States History Through the Civil War
United States History Since the Civil War
|Introduction to Economics
|Total Hours||64 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.|
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.
|Elementary School Teacher||Curriculum Developer|
|School Administrator||School Counselor|
|School Librarian||Private Tutor|
|Some options may require an advanced degree.|
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