Our program and our students excel in every meaningful and measurable way.
The graduate curriculum encompasses comprehensive content knowledge and promotes the use of critical thinking and problem solving to cultivate teacher-researchers who are empowered to serve as leaders in the profession. Faculty members challenge students to bridge the gap between theory and practice as they develop the skills required for ethical and effective collaboration and communication within the local school community and a culturally diverse, technologically advanced global environment.
The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education has been ranked as one of the top programs for educators in the state. We strive to advance the scholarly preparation of 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 graduate students in an effort to fashion educators who function effectively in a culturally diverse, technologically advanced, and global environment.
The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Level Education is proud to have a long legacy of preparing educators in programs inclusive of the core components of integrated learning (intentionality, reflection, problem-solving, collaboration and meta-cognition).
Graduate students within the department have two options for their culminating experience in the Master’s program. As their culminating experience, they can either complete a thesis or an action research project.
This area provides coursework and research opportunities for teachers pursuing advanced study in working with children from birth to 8 years of age. Graduate students may choose special courses in assessment; working with families; brain development; infant, toddler and preschool teaching; K-3 environments; and children with special needs. Click here for more information on this program.
This area of emphasis provides coursework and research opportunities for teachers pursuing advanced study in elementary education. It includes courses in various disciplines including language arts, science, social studies, and math. Click here for more information on this program.
Specific courses may be selected in this area that will lead to the English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Endorsement in Illinois, including a graduate level practicum. The following course areas are addressed: Linguistics; Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL; Assessment of the Bilingual Student; Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL; and Cross-cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students. Click here for more information on this program.
This area meets the six hours established by the state of Illinois for an endorsement in middle level education. In addition, three courses specifically dedicated to teaching middle-level students and additional electives complete the area of emphasis. Click here for more information on this program.
Specific courses in reading may be selected that will lead to the Reading Teacher Endorsement in Illinois, including a graduate level practicum. Also addressed are foundations of reading, content area reading, assessment and diagnosis of reading problems, developmental reading methods and remedial reading instruction. Click here for more information on this program.
Dr. Pearson firmly believes that her life’s vision and purpose to serve others, be they students or faculty, is indicative of the principles and values that have been instilled in her as a child. She is reminded of Albert Einstein’s famous quote that “Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living.”
Dr. Bickford's research focuses on Social studies/history education methodology and assessment, Elementary and middle level students' historical thinking, history literacy, and historical argumentation, Historical (mis)representations within children's literature, and Adolescents' social, emotional, and behavioral development
Dr. Carter frequently teaches: ELE 1050 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession, ELE 3050 Diverse Contexts that Influence the Learning Process, ELE 3100 Instructional Strategies for the Elementary Classroom, ELE 3280 Developmental Reading in the Elementary School, ELE 3350 Language Arts in the Elementary School, STG 4000 Multicultural Practicum in Andros Island, Bahamas
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