Elementary Education majors are licensed for grades 1-6. Students are encouraged to add a subsequent endorsement to their primary elementary license, as these endorsements can often increase employment opportunities. Subsequent endorsements can be added in ESL or Bilingual, Middle School English/Language Arts, Mathematics, General Science, or Social Science, and Special Education. The Initial Elementary License can be earned as a traditional undergraduate student or in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Teaching.

In order to complete licensure, candidates must take and pass the Elementary/Middle Grades content area test, and pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

Student Teaching Prerequisites:

Prerequisites for elementary student teaching: EDUC 101 EDUC 135, EDUC 136, EDUC 136L, EDUC 225, EDUC 225L, EDUC 305, EDUC 305L, EDUC 311L , EDUC 312, EDUC 313 Theories and Methods of Teaching Elementary and Middle School Students, EDUC 314EDUC 315, EDUC 317, MATH 125 , SSCI 321, SCI 322, a minimum GPA of 2.8 in the major/professional education courses, and cumulatively, admission to WheTEP, a passing score on the Illinois Licensure Testing System Elementary content-area knowledge test, clearance through completion of a fingerprint and criminal background check (at the candidate’s expense), and the recommendation of the department.

Candidates are expected to take all 300- and 400-level education courses at Wheaton. A candidate's teaching field is one in which s/he has sufficient hours to meet licensure requirements and for which s/he has obtained the recommendation of the Department. 

Initial Elementary License

For Elementary Education Students, Grades 1-6

Along with specific requirements for any major, all students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs must meet all general education and graduation requirements under a single catalog.

Requirements for the Elementary Education major are 57-58 hours in education. Education courses include:

Major Requirements
EDUC 101The Teaching Profession 2
EDUC 135School & Society2
EDUC 136Teaching Ethnically and Linguistically Diverse Students2
EDUC 136LCross-cultural Tutoring0
EDUC 225Learning and Development: The Psychological and Developmental Contexts of Education4
EDUC 225LTeacher Aiding Practicum1
EDUC 305Learning Differences2
EDUC 305LLearning Differences Practicum1
EDUC 311LMethods Practicum for Elementary and Middle School1
EDUC 312Theories and Methods: Elementary and Middle School Reading4
EDUC 313Theories and Methods of Teaching Elementary and Middle School Students4
EDUC 314Methods & Materials: Children's Books in the Elementary Classroom4
EDUC 315Theories and Methods of Teaching Elementary and Middle School Mathematics4
EDUC 317Theories and Methods of Teaching Elementary and Middle School Language Arts2
LING 326English Language Methods for Content Area Teachers2
EDUC 494Senior Seminar2
EDUC 496Student Teaching (see more info on overview tab)9-10
EDUC 497Philosophical Foundations of Education3
MATH 125Mathematics for Elementary and Middle Grade Education4
SSCI 321Elementary and Middle School Curricular Themes in the Social Sciences2
SCI 322Elementary Grade Education Science Curriculum2
Total Credits57-58

A minimum of 100 hours of clinical experiences is required prior to student teaching. This includes four required experiences: EDUC 136L, EDUC 225L, EDUC 305L and EDUC 311L. EDUC 405L or other experiences approved by the Department of Education may also count toward the 100 hours.

Elementary Education majors are strongly encouraged to complete a middle grade (grades 5-8) endorsement by enrolling in EDUC 405L. Candidates may earn additional endorsements for teaching in the middle grades (5-8) by completing the following requirements:
18 semester hours in the subject matter area of major teaching assignment (e.g., language arts, mathematics, general science, social science, music, etc.), which may include specific course designations in the content area, and does include the appropriate 2-hour middle school discipline-specific methods course and passing a state middle-grade content specific exam. Contact the Department of Education for the specific middle-grade endorsement requirements for English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science.