B.A. in Elementary Education
National Louis University's Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is for students who would like to earn their elementary education degree in order to attain an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed for self-contained general education (K-9).
The state of Illinois recently changed naming conventions for teaching certification types. To view the complete list of name changes, click here.
Consider getting your Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at NLU if you:
- Want to teach kindergarten through 9th grade
- Are looking for a well-established and highly regarded program
- Would like to study with a group of students who will work together and support one another throughout the program
- Need flexible learning options
Why for an NLU Elementary Education Degree
NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education and teacher training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Since 1886, we've trained thousands of Chicago-area teachers, and continue to graduate the majority of Illinois' Golden Apple Award winners—one of the most prestigious teacher honors in the state. Our instructors bring both academic skills and practical experience to the classroom, offering the best in elementary education. As a result, we're well known for preparing educators who can meet the demands of today’s diverse classrooms and become leaders in the education profession.
What You Will Learn
- How to strengthen your oral, written and presentation skills
- How to write and evaluate lesson plans
- How to assess and evaluate student performance
- How to adjust teaching methods to address student needs
- How to best use technology in the elementary curriculum
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition, employment for teachers is projected to grow about 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Many job openings will continue to result from the need to replace the large number of teachers expected to retire during this same period. Currently, our country's education schools don't graduate an adequate number of qualified teachers to meet the demand, and job prospects are best in areas including urban and rural school districts.
You can tailor your elementary education degree program to meet your interests by selecting a specific 30 quarter hour teaching concentration in one of the following areas: English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Psychology, Science, or Sociology/Anthropology.
NLU has excellent placement rates for our education students, helping them find opportunities through the university's Office of Career Services.. NLU students are recognized by school principals as teachers who are comfortable in the classroom and work in collaboration with their colleagues.
Elementary Education Degree Program Requirements
Total quarter hours for the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree is 180. To receive an elementary education degree requires a minimum of 71 quarter hours or the equivalent in General Education coursework. This includes demonstration of competence in all general education areas, as well as INTASC Standards and Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. The Elementary Teacher Education Program accepts the following types of equivalent work: transfer of courses with a "C" or higher from approved and accredited institutions, appropriate scores on advanced placement tests, and passing scores on CLEP and DANTES examinations. Contact your Academic Advisor for information.
Prepare for the TAP at NLU
Want to enroll in a teacher-preparation program at NLU? If so, NLU offers various options to help you get ready for the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). This includes NEW three-week courses that feature a personalized learning plan and are designed to develop competencies necessary to pass the TAP. These courses will be offered from January to March.
All applicants must meet NLU’s general admission requirements as well as the requirements specific to the B.A. in Elementary Education degree program. Refer to the appropriate Application Checklist available online at www.nl.edu/applyonline.
Get more information today about enrolling in NLU’s Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program. Talk to your enrollment advisor or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).
 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.