Undergraduate Program Checklists
The following program checklists have been developed by the Department of Early Childhood,
Elementary and Middle Level Education as advisement tools to help students follow curriculum
requirements as stated in the undergraduate catalog. It remains the responsibility of each student to be familiar with their catalog and to meet all requirements for teacher licensure and graduation.
Each checklist includes a possible 4-year plan as an example of course sequencing. Other plans are possible and the student should consult with his/her advisor to develop the study plan best suited to his/her needs and interests, including the exploration of endorsements and multiple licensure opportunities.
While all of Eastern Illinois University's teacher education programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, only the state can issue a teaching license. All licensure programs are subject to change to follow requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education and the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Level Education.
Current Catalog Checklists:
The B.S. in Early Childhood Education leads to teacher licensure with an Early Childhood (birth through grade 3) endorsement. Graduates are employed as teachers in pre-primary and primary classrooms as well as private preschool centers.
The B.S. in Elementary Education leads to teacher licensure with an Elementary (grades 1-6) endorsement. Graduates are prepared to teach reading, writing, science, mathematics, social studies, critical thinking skills, and problem solving strategies to elementary school students in self-contained classrooms.
The B.S. in Middle Level Education leads to teacher licensure with endorsements in middle grades (grades 5-8) literacy/language arts and a subject area of their choice (middle grades mathematics, middle grades social science, or middle grades general science). Graduates are prepared to teach adolescents transitioning from childhood to adulthood.
Checklists from 2013-2014 Catalog:
Early Childhood Major leading to an Early Childhood license, valid for teaching birth through grade three. (2013-2014 checklist)
Elementary Education Major (General Option) leading to a Standard Elementary license, valid for teaching in grades K-9 with an emphasis on grades K-6. (2013-2014 checklist)
Elementary Education Major (Middle School Option) leading to a Standard Elementary license, valid for teaching in grades K-9 with an emphasis on grades 4-8. (2013-2014 checklist)
Middle Grades Endorsement Requirements
Unless you have a K-12 certificate, you must have a middle grade endorsement on either your elementary or secondary certificate in order to teach grades 5-8. To become eligible for this endorsement you must complete the required number of hours in the specific content field(s) and complete courses focused on teaching in the middle grades. Click here for an explanation of the undergraduate or graduate coursework required. After December, 2017, addition of a middle grade endorsement (grades 5-8) to a license will require completion of a full Middle Level Education program.