2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Elementary Education

The 128 credit-hour minimum is achievable by using specific courses that meet both general education requirements and the Elementary Education major curriculum requirements. We recommend students work with their faculty advisor.

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree leads to the state of Illinois Professional Educator Licensure in Elementary Education. Elementary Education majors must complete all requirements of the College of Education to be eligible for licensure. Illinois Licensure for Elementary Educators will be inclusive for grades 1-6.

Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) are general education courses Concordia-Chicago agrees to accept in lieu of comparable, lower-division general education requirements. For more information regarding IAI transfer credit, please see the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s Transfer website at www.itransfer.org.

College of Education Graduation Requirements:

Students in the College of College of Education must meet all University requirements found in the Academic Information section of this catalog. Specific requirements of the College of Education include the following:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all coursework completed at CUC
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 for all courses taken in the major at CUC
  • A minimum grade of C- for all courses taken in a major at CUC
  • A passing score on the Illinois State Licensure Test(s) (taken prior to student teaching for those seeking licensure)
  • A passing score on the EdTPA (for those seeking licensure)
  • A passing grade for the Student Teaching Internship
  • With the exception of student teaching, courses in the education major at CUC may not be taken on the Pass/Fail grade option
  • In addition to the overall minimum credits for the degree major, minor, endorsement, and special programs (Honors Program for example) requirements are also necessary if they have been declared. Deficiency in any area of the program will delay awarding of the degree and will require filing of a new intent to graduate. Students may elect to drop minors, additional endorsements, or other special programs if they present an obstacle to graduation.

General Education Requirements

Communication (9 Hours)

ENG-1100English Composition 13
COM-1100Speech Communication 13
ENG-2000Writing About Literature 13

Humanities (9 Hours)

HUM-1995Arts and Ideas (incoming freshmen, transfer students exempt)3
HIS-1200History of the American People to 18773
or HIS-1250 History of the American People since 1877
Vocation and College Success (transfer students are exempt)
Transfer students select one 3 credit additional course from the following list as needed to total nine hours of Humanities:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Two-Dimensional Basic Studio
Three-Dimensional Basic Studio
Western Art: Pre-history–Renaissance
Non-Western Art 1
Introduction to Film Studies
Global Documentary 1
Media Literacy
Literature for Children, Adolescents & Young Adults (May also be applied to program coursework)
Non-Western Literature 1
Greek & Roman Mythology
U.S. Latina/o Literature(s)
African American Literature
Survey of Early Modern Europe, 1350-1815
Survey of Modern Europe Since 1815
Survey of World History to 1350 1
Survey of the World Since 1350 1
History of Illinois
Exploration of Music
Survey of Western Music
Music of World Cultures 1
History of Jazz
Introduction to Theater
Survey of Church History
Encountering Religion in America
Any Philosophy course
Any Foreign Langauge Course 1

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 Hours)

EDUC-2020Human and Cognitive Development (May also be applied to Special Education major)3
GEO-1200World Geography: Culture Patterns3
SBS-1995People and Society (transfer students are exempt)3
Transfer students select additional courses from the following list as needed to total nine hours of Social and Behavioral Sciences:3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1
Foundations of Economics
Foundations of Ethics of American Education
Geography of North America
World Geography: Culture Patterns 1
The Developing World 1
American Government and Politics
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology

Global Studies (3 Hours)

At least one course with a Global Studies must be taken. (GEO-1200 World Geography: Culture Patterns is required and fulfills this requirement.)

Natural Sciences (7-8 Hours)

At least one of the transfer courses in science must include a lab. All Elementary majors must complete coursework in three of the following areas; biology, chemistry, physics, earth science.

NSCI-1110Concepts in Chemistry and Biology 14
NSCI-1120Concepts in Physics and Earth Science4

Mathematics (3 Hours)

MAT-1805College Algebra3

Health/Fitness (1 Hour)

PES-1010Fitness and Wellness1

Theology – Public Teacher Education (6 Hours)

Biblical Course
THY-1100The Bible3
Theological Course
THY-1210Introduction to Christianity3

Theology – Lutheran Teacher Education (21 Hours)

Required Methods Course
EDUC-4900Lutheran Teacher: Vocation and Methods3
Theology Minor (2.75 GPA Required)
THY-2220Lutheran Foundations 13
THY-2010Introduction to the Old Testament 23
THY-3105Introduction to the New Testament3
THY-3320Survey of Church History3
THY-3220Lutheran Theology 13
THY-4220Lutheran Theology 23