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Focused Learning Options

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

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education major leads to certification in Illinois to work with children from birth through grade three. Graduates are employed as teachers in pre-primary and primary classrooms as well as private preschool centers. Candidates who complete EIU's Early Childhood Education program are highly knowledgeable, reflective teachers that use research-based strategies to enable all students to be successful.

Elementary (General Option)

The Elementary Education (General Option) major leads to certification in Illinois with an emphasis to teach students in self-contained kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms. Candidates who complete EIU's Elementary Education program are highly knowledgeable, reflective teachers that use research-based strategies to enable all students to be successful.

Elementary (Middle School Option)

Those teacher-candidates wishing to focus their program on the instruction of middle school students receive instruction that caters to their teaching preference of grades five through eight. Some of the coursework remains the same as the general option, while the rest is modified and focused on the middle grades. This option includes a minimum of two subject matter endorsements for teaching in grades 5-9. Candidates who complete this option are highly knowledgeable, reflective teachers that use research-based strategies to enable all students to be successful.