Quad Cities Campus
Elementary Education at WIU Quad Cities
Program of Study
Students combine a foundation of general studies with major courses and clinical experiences with children as they complete the Elementary Education curriculum. A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education leads to Illinois teacher certification in grades kindergarten through nine (self-contained classrooms). With the completion of additional coursework, students can earn one or more middle school endorsements to teach specific subject areas in a departmentalized setting.
In addition to extensive coursework in the major, students begin observing children early in the program and begin working with them as tutors and classroom aides in their junior year. During the comprehensive pre-student teaching field experience in the first semester of their senior year, students teach lessons in mathematics, science, reading, language arts, and social studies. The program culminates in a 12-week student teaching experience.
The faculty members in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction have a strong interest in helping all students develop into skilled, competent, and creative professionals. All faculty have practical teaching experience in public schools. Professors in the department have a doctorate or a terminal degree in their field. Faculty are actively involved in a variety of professional organizations; provide continuing education workshops for teachers; and publish books and articles in state, national, and international journals.
A number of scholarships are available to academically talented students through the department and the College of Education and Human Services. Additional information about these scholarships can be obtained at http://wiu.edu/coehs/qc/curriculum/undergraduate/elementary_ed.php.
Honors in Elementary Education
To be eligible for the Centennial Honors College, entering freshmen must have an ACT composite score of at least 28 OR have a 26 or 27 composite ACT and be in the top 15% of their graduating class OR have an ACT composite score of at least 24 and be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Comparable SAT score is acceptable. Transfer and current WIU students who wish to join the Honors College (including the Quad Cities Honors Program) must have a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale based on 12 or more semester hours. Honors credit is given for honors coursework completed at other accredited institutions. To find out more, visit wiu.edu/Honors.
For More Information
For admissions process and general program information, contact Western Illinois University–Quad Cities at (309) 762-9481. For specific program questions, contact our Advising Center at (309) 762-1988.
Students participate in professional groups such as the Society of Educators and departmental advisory committees. Further information about other student activities and organizations available to all Western students can be found at http://osa.wiu.edu or Quad Cities Student Organizations.
The Elementary Education program is accredited through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The faculty in the department are committed to meeting the needs of individual students and communicate with them frequently. Elementary Education majors complete three reading, two social studies, two science, and two mathematics teaching methods courses that fully prepare them for the demands of the classroom. The use of technology and techniques to accommodate the needs of individual children are emphasized throughout the program. Students apply the knowledge gained in the college classroom as they complete a variety of field experiences and student teaching. Majors develop an electronic portfolio that can be used to showcase their knowledge and skills in a job interview.
The department’s “Outstanding Preservice Teaching Award” recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in their academic coursework and their teaching experiences.
Nationwide studies indicate teacher shortages in some areas and suggest that job opportunities will increase. All graduates of the Elementary Education program are qualified to teach in self-contained kindergarten through 9th grade classrooms. With additional coursework, graduates may earn endorsements in specific content areas and teach in departmentalized 5th through 8th grade classrooms. After teaching in the classroom several years, some teachers take graduate coursework to become qualified to serve as reading specialists, principals, curriculum directors, and superintendents.