Bachelor of Arts/Science with Elementary Endorsement

Help today’s young minds become tomorrow’s thinkers and leaders.

Candidates in our undergraduate education programs are scholars committed to serving others. Our graduates are instructional leaders who value service and work to enable their students to achieve their individual potential and goals.

As an undergraduate in our Elementary Education program you will gain a broad knowledge base in general academic studies while also gaining the training and field experience required to become an exceptionally qualified teacher. Upon graduation you’ll be fully prepared to begin a successful teaching career in all public, private and Catholic school systems.

The undergraduate elementary, secondary and kindergarten to 12th grade teacher education programs have four basic elements:

  1. General education competency studies ensures that candidates have completed general studies courses and experiences in the liberal arts and sciences and have developed theoretical and practical knowledge.
  2. An academic major selected from one of the university’s departments ensures that candidates attain competence in the academic content that they plan to teach.
  3. Professional and pedagogical studies ensures that candidates acquire and apply the professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills to become competent to work with all students.
  4. Clinical and field experiences ensures that candidates learn to integrate general knowledge, academic content and professional knowledge to create excellent learning experiences for all children and young people.

Admission to Teacher Education

Because the educational backgrounds of students entering the licensure program differ, some students may need to take an extra semester to complete all requirements.

  • Undergraduate students may enter the certification programs by transferring specific credits from a two-year or four-year approved institution.
  • Transfer students are urged to pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency prior to coming to Dominican University.
  • A grade of “C” or better in Education 200, a passing grade on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency and an overall grade point average of 2.75.
  • Students must file a formal application seeking admission to the teacher education program after the above criteria have been met.

Admission to Clinical Practice

Admission to clinical practice is determined on the basis of the candidate’s written application and other records as measured against criteria established by the Dominican University Teacher Education Committee.

  • A grade point average of 2.75 in the major, 2.75 in professional education courses and a 2.75 overall
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • A completed application
  • Documentation of 100 clock hours of field experience completed

Curriculum for Bachelor’s of Arts/Sciences degree (liberal arts discipline) with Elementary Endorsement

  • General education competencies: selected courses in the liberal arts and sciences curriculum.
  • A major selected from one of the following disciplines: American studies, biology, chemistry, English, Italian, mathematics, philosophy, French, history, political science, sociology or Spanish.
  • Professional education courses providing the content, skills and clinical experience needed for teaching in grades K-9.

Some of the required courses

  • Foundations of Education
  • History and Philosophy of American Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Reading and the Other Language Arts
  • Education in a Diverse Society
  • Survey of Exceptional Youth
  • Collaboration and Adaptation in General Educational Settings
  • Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
  • Content-Area Reading, Social Studies and Assessment
  • Mathematics and Science for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher
  • Clinical Practice, Elementary and Middle Education
  • Clinical Practice Seminar, Elementary and Middle Education
  • Candidates may receive credit from another institution for one, but not both, of the educational foundations courses (History and Philosophy of Education and Educational Psychology)