If you are thinking about teaching children in either self-contained or departmentalized classrooms, the programs in Teaching, Learning, & Foundations are designed just for you!
The Department of Teaching, Learning, & Foundations is dedicated to providing future educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the challenges of today's classroom.
The Department of Teaching, Learning, & Foundations 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?
The Teaching, Learning, & Foundations Department 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.
The Department of Teaching, Learning, & Foundations 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://www.eiu.edu/acaffair/IntegrativeLearning/EIUIntegrativeLearning.php
Our pre-service teachers impact children near and far by using opportunities to learn and develop as teachers.
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...
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.
The B.S.Ed in Early Childhood Education leads to teacher licensure with an Early Childhood (birth through grade 2) endorsement. Graduates are employed as teachers in pre-primary and primary classrooms as well as private preschool centers. Click here for more information on this program.
The B.S.Ed 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. Click here for more information on this program.
The B.S.Ed 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. Click here for more information on this program.
Our programs are recognized by state and national accrediting agencies including the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board. Post-baccalaureate students seeking a teaching license in their undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information on this program.
A cohort involves a group of qualified candidates progressing together through a series of courses over a period of time, working toward graduation and certification. Our undergraduate cohorts are typically offered on a 2-year cycle and are scheduled to include Spring, Summer, and Fall coursework. Click here for more information on this program.
The fully online graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction advances scholarly preparation by providing quality teaching and promoting excellence in research/creative activity. The MSED C&I program is designed to advance the professional work and studies of pre-k-grade 12 teachers and offers areas of emphasis in curriculum development, reading and ESL. Click here for more information on this program.
Dr. Bickford's research focuses on: Social studies/history education methodology and assessment, Elementary and middle level students' historical thinking and historical literacy, Historical (mis)representations within children's literature, Adolescents' social, emotional, and behavioral development,
In his role as the MSED C&I graduate coordinator, Dr. Carter assists with the graduate school admission process and supports graduate advancement throughout the program. He also instructs courses at the graduate level, primarily EDU 5520 High Quality Instruction and EDF 5500 Curriculum Development. Dr. Carter also serves as the Teaching, Learning, & Foundations assistant chair. His areas of expertise include upper elementary education and STEM instruction.