Why Study Elementary Education?

Quick Facts

General Education Requirements
for the Professional Educators License
License with an Elementary Endorsement
(Grades 1 – 6): 49 – 51 hours
Professional Education Courses for
Elementary Education: 65 hours
Total: 123 – 127 hours

Middle Grades (5-8) and ESL/Bilingual Endorsements: 6 additional content hours
Full Program Requirements

The elementary school years lay the foundation for lifelong learning. Governors State’s Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education expands candidates' knowledge of elementary grades curricula and pedagogy through classroom instruction, field and clinical experiences, and a student teaching experience. Elementary Education candidates may also elect to pursue certification to teach in the middle grades (5-8) or English language learners (ESL/Bilingual).

Student Involvement

Chapters of the Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) honor society are highly active student organizations at Governors State. Each semester, students participate in community outreach efforts, such as support for literacy development, disaster relief, and workshops for educators.

Reach your career goals.

Employment of elementary teachers is expected to grow over the next decade—and Illinois is one of the top five states with the highest employment level of elementary teachers (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015).

Contact:

Glenna Lambert Howell, PhD, Psy.D.
Elementary Education Program Coordinator
Associate Professor

Advisor:

Eileen Lally
ellay@govst.edu
708.534.4399

Full Program Requirements

Full Program Requirements

You can find the complete guide to graduation requirements for your degree in our catalog.

Program Faculty

Program Faculty

Our favorable faculty-student ratios ensure lots of individual attention from our dedicated faculty members.

How to Apply

How to Apply

If you are ready to take the next step, you can create an account and apply here, or simply request more information about the programs of your choice.

Cost and Financial Aid

Cost and Financial Aid

Our tuition estimator helps you calculate your cost of attendance. Our Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping you find ways to fund your education.

Scholarships

Scholarships

At GSU, many scholarships are available and can make your education even more affordable!

All Academic Programs

All Academic Programs

We offer many options for undergraduate degrees and minors, and even several 5-year programs that lead to completion of a Masters degree as well!

Student Life

Student Life

Student Clubs and Organizations at Governors State University enrich your educational experience, allowing you to gain and hone skills applicable to the classroom and life beyond. Click here to explore additional student resources.

On-campus Residence

On-campus Residence

Prairie Place, our on-campus housing, provides many options to accommodate the needs of our diverse student population.

Campus Location

Campus Location

If you have been wondering, "Where is Governors State University?" Learn more about our campus, and get directions to come visit us or take a virtual tour!

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