Elementary Education

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The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Level Education seeks to advance scholarly preparation by providing quality teaching and promoting excellence in research/creative activity in order for graduate students to exemplify best teaching practices for children from birth through age fourteen.

Graduate Certificates

Reading Instruction (online), English as a Second Language Instruction


Candidates will choose from the following Areas of Emphasis: Early Childhood; Elementary Curriculum; ESLK Instruction; Middle Level; or Reading.

Hours Required


Course Catalog Listing


Research Opportunities

Action Research, Thesis

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

Opportunities are available for graduate assistantships.



Scholarship Listing

Click on the scholarship to learn more, including contact information and application procedures.

2016 Distinguished Graduate Student
Business and Education Scholarship
Carol Helwig Award
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship
Donald & Lucille Taylor Memorial Scholarship
Dwight & Bette (Leckrone) Baptist Scholarship
EIU University Professionals of Illinois Graduate Annual Scholarship
Frances Meyer Hampton Graduate Scholarship
Hamand Society of Graduate Scholars
Kate Booker Stapp Scholarship
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity Awards
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity College Award of Excellence
Leona Stanford Vollintine Charitable Trust Fund Scholarship
Mrs. Pratima Niranjan Shah Scholarship
Rory and Gail Heltsley Steidl Scholarship
Sabina L. & James L. McNutt Sr. Education Annual Scholarship
The EIU College Thesis Award of Excellence
The Graduate School Research/Creative Activity Grants
Verne Stockman Graduate Scholarship in Educational Technology
Williams Travel Grants

To search for scholarship opportunities please visit http://www.eiu.edu/scholarships/

Faculty Listing


Elementary Education, Buzzard Hall 2213
Contact Name: Dr. John Bickford, Graduate Coordinator
Contact Email: jbickford@eiu.edu
Coordinator Profile: http://www.eiu.edu/graduate/prospective_degreeprograms_elementaryeducation.php
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/elegrad/