Elementary Education Major

Distinctive Program Features

  • Interact with faculty who have extensive elementary classroom experience and who model best practices so that learning is stimulating, engaging, and directly applicable to elementary classrooms.
  • Teach children each semester in numerous developmental field experiences in local classrooms with close university supervision and support.
  • Receive personal attention in small classes that allow for individual assistance and a student-centered approach that fosters a community of learners. You will also receive guidance from a full-time advisor.
  • Participate in dynamic professional relationships with school districts in the immediate Joliet area and beyond. Teacher candidates work in a variety of contexts and settings in their course work and field experiences to provide a robust range of opportunities for collaboration and mentoring with teaching professionals.
  • Have the opportunity to become more marketable by adding a Special Education endorsement (only two additional courses) and/or an ESL or Bilingual Education endorsement.
  • Have the advantage of working with a university who has several years of experience administering and preparing teacher candidates to successfully complete the edTPA, a national assessment designed to lead student teachers to a high level of professional performance. The assessment requires teacher candidates to demonstrate extensive academic and cultural knowledge of their students, design an appropriate unit of instruction informed by data garnered from a pre-assessment, differentiate instruction, utilize student work samples to analyze data, and deeply reflect on all components. The edTPA is a Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) required performance assessment for Professional Educator Licensure.
  • Benefit from the College of Education’s excellent reputation with area schools that leads to USF teacher candidates being highly employable after graduation. The University of St. Francis is also nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


picture of the NCATE lettermark, that states The Standard of Excellence in Teacher Preparation.