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Study Abroad Opportunities

The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education is proud to offer unique programs to complete teacher licensure coursework in multicultural national and international settings. Where will you be on the map this May?

What Makes These Programs Important?

Student travelers:

  • Think outside the box.
  • Accept the challenges of authentic, multicultural communities.
  • Apply coursework in diverse national and international settings.
  • Upgrade their resumes.
  • Realize long-term personal and professional benefits.

Rebecka Briney Studies Abroad in Toronto

Rebecka Briney

Studying abroad tends to be a life-changing experience for those who participate, both on an academic and personal level. For compelling evidence of this fact, look no further than Elementary Education student Rebecka Briney. Read more...



Highly Recruited Graduates

The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education has been ranked one of the top teacher candidate preparation programs in the state.  We strive to advance the scholarly preparation of pre-service and practicing teachers by providing quality instruction that exemplifies the best teaching practices for children from birth through age fourteen - recognizing multiple pathways to learning.  The Department is committed to enhancing the academic experiences of our students in an effort to fashion educators who function effectively in a culturally diverse, technologically advanced, and global environment.


Collaborative Partnerships

The Classroom in the Community

Partnerships with our schools give EIU Elementary Education students the opportunity to get real world experience in actual classrooms.


The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Level Education is proud to have a long legacy of preparing future educators in a program inclusive of the core components of integrated learning (intentionality, reflection, problem-solving, collaboration and meta-cognition). http://castle.eiu.edu/~acaffair/IntegrativeLearning/EIUIntegrativeLearning.php

Through programs like study abroad, tutoring, student organizations, and school/community partnerships students develop and practice their skills beyond what they learn in the classroom.  Students are afforded many integrated learning and guided reflection opportunities for their academic and professional growth.


Global Impact

Our pre-service teachers impact children near and far by using opportunities to learn and develop as teachers.

Holm's study abroad inspires an impressive philanthropic effort

Taj Holm

Kaj Holm, a senior elementary education major, spent the summer months rounding up nearly $1,700 worth of school supplies to send to the school children he taught during a May study abroad trip to Andros Island, Bahamas, and it was the result of watching a teacher struggle with the simple task of sharpening pencils. Read more...


Research and Scholarship

Faculty and students endeavor to engage in research which makes a difference in the lives of children and youth, families, communities, schools, and agencies in local and international contexts. External funding proposals and awards involve projects that have as their core value, impacting the environment in which youth live and learn in order to help them be successful learners. Much of our research/scholarship is conducted with our community partners.

As a result of the scholarship and research interests of the faculty, candidates at all levels are enriched with opportunities to participate on faculty research teams in furthering the mission of the Department. Examples of current projects include: The Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Grant; the Illinois Higher Education Partnership Grant /Response to Intervention Practices; and the Illinois Higher Education Partnership Grant/Common Core Standards Implementation.