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Elementary Teaching

Embark on a dynamic educational journey with SESP's cutting-edge interdisciplinary Elementary Teaching concentration.  With this concentration, you will:

  • Immerse yourself in captivating subject-area courses spanning Physical, Life and Earth Sciences, Civics and Government, Economics, Geography, Literature, Fine Arts, History, and Mathematics/Statistics.
  • Earn an Illinois Professional Educator license and a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy.
  • Complete a student teaching internship

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Curriculum— 42 units 

  • Foundational disciplines—10 units 
  • SESP core— 8 units 
  • Foundations Courses – 5 units 
  • Concentration Cluster Courses – 11 units 
  • Electives— 8 units 

For a full description of coursework and requirements to complete the Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy Degree with a concentration in Elementary Teaching, please visit the Undergraduate Academic Catalog with attention to the About and Programs tabs.

Teacher Licensure through Teaching, Learning, and Education Program

Students who wish to be licensed as teachers must apply to the SESP Teaching, Learning, and Education Program. This program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Com­pletion of the courses alone does not result in licensure, nor is licensure required to complete the SESP degree.

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After SESP

Graduates at the elementary level are prepared to become self-contained general education classroom teachers in grades 1-6. Some students may pursue work in administrative roles in school districts or move into education-related non-classroom jobs.