Training in actual classrooms is a key component of our Elementary Education major. At Trinity, you will complete over 200 hours of field experience prior to your student teaching, which will give you the experience and confidence you need to teach with excellence. Our students are exposed to a variety of elementary school settings and have a reputation for being highly qualified teachers with integrity.
At Trinity, you’ll be equipped to think critically and biblically in every area of life as you are challenged to apply your faith to your coursework and classroom conversations. And instead of approaching general education as a checklist of courses to be completed, Trinity’s distinctive educational approach gives you the freedom to choose courses that are most interesting and relevant to you. Working closely with your faculty advisor, you can select from electives to enhance your major, apply toward a minor, create a double major, or simply experience something new. The choices are yours! All along the way, you’ll be cared for and supported, ensuring that you make the most of your college experience.
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 K-12.
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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