B.A. in Elementary Education (Type 03 certification)
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 achieve Type 3 certification.
Consider getting your Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree 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 an NLU Elementary Education Degree with Type 3 Certification
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 is 180. To receive an elementary education degreerequires 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 with an NLU Workshop
The ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) is one of the most important tests on the road to becoming a teacher. NLU offers a series of TAP workshops in critical content areas. All workshops are FREE to NLU applicants and students and open to everyone else for a fee.* Get fully prepared for the TAP and register for a workshop today!
All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at www.nl.edu/applyonline.
Students may apply to the program and begin the general education and prerequisite coursework, however upon completion of that criteria, applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and a passing score on the Illinois Basic Skills Test before beginning core coursework.
 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
*You must be an applicant or student at the time of registration for the workshops to be free. If you pay for a workshop and become an applicant afterward, we can’t provide a refund.