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EIU Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Level Education

If you are thinking about teaching children in either self-contained or departmentalized classrooms, the programs in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education are designed just for you!

  • Our programs are designed to provide learning experiences that will assist students in developing into highly competent and effective teachers.
  • Faculty create motivating learning environments through the use of innovative techniques and reflective practices.
  • Our programs are nationally accredited and standards-aligned
  • We provide numerous field experience opportunities in schools and social agencies throughout the program
  • Interactions between staff and students foster collaborative scholarly activities
  • Teacher Graduate survey results indicate high satisfaction with teacher preparation program.
  • We offer both on and off-campus programs.

The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education is dedicated to providing future educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the challenges of today's classroom.

Why Choose EIU for Education

Study Abroad

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?

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 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

Global Impact

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

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

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.

Programs

B.S. in Early Childhood Education

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. Click here for more information on this program.

B.S. in Elementary Education

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. Click here for more information on this program.

B.S. in Middle Level Education

EThe 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. Click here for more information on this program.

Off-Campus 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.

Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Elementary Education advances 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. Click here for more information on this program.

Meet our Faculty

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Contact Information

Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-5728
Fax: 217-581-6300


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