Teachers at the elementary level teach all subject areas, and those teaching at the middle grade level teach specific subjects which require subject area endorsements.
During the first year at SIUE, students focus on general education courses to expand knowledge of the subject areas they will be teaching. During the second year, students begin studying professional education courses to develop a broad understanding of children, the field of education and life in schools. The program begins each fall for students with junior or higher status and comprises four semesters (two academic years) of course work and public school-based experiences at multiple grade levels. In the program, students spend at least 50 percent of course time working in public schools prior to full-time student teaching. This extensive field experience, combined with a closely supervised cohort system to support students, enables them to develop expertise in creating classroom environments in which children and young adolescents can learn and thrive.
Graduates of the elementary education program may work in school settings from kindergarten through eighth grade (teaching in ninth grade on this certificate requires an additional endorsement). Some graduates apply their knowledge of teaching and learning in educational settings outside of formal schools (museums, businesses, etc.).
Office of Clinical Experiences, Certification and Advisement (OCECA)
Campus Box 1062, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1062
Phone: (618) 650-3940
Fax: (618) 650-5468
Dr. Martha Latorre, Program Director
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Campus Box 1122, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1122
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