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What to Expect in Elementary Education

  • Coursework as early as the Freshman year provides opportunities to begin observations in the field.

  • Fieldwork at the Sophomore level allows for one-on-one time with a student implementing Response to Intervention strategies.

  • Fieldwork at the Junior/Senior level provides opportunities in grades 1-6 learning settings. Candidate choice is present through varied grade levels and diverse settings.

  • Junior and Senior level field placements are evaluated through the Danielson Framework, a common evaluation tool for practicing teachers.

  • Senior level field placement is completed through a year-long internship model. This strengthens the collaboration and partnership between candidate and cooperating teacher.

  • Education Seminar during Student Teaching placement allows candidates to learn about critical educational topics, gain interviewing skills, and garner peer mentoring and support.

  • Program Directors maintain continuous connections with administrators and accomplished teachers to create high-quality field placements.


After four years, students can graduate, be licensed to teach in the elementary teaching setting, grades 1-6.


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Course Schedule Includes These Courses:

  • Elementary Science
  • Education Law
  • Education Technology
  • Assessment
  • Response Intervention
  • Exceptional Child
  • Curriculum and Instructional Design
Internship Opportunities
Fieldwork in 1-6 Grade Settings
Fieldwork in Response Intervention
Year-Long Senior level Field Placement
Career Opportunities
Elementary, Grades 1-6
Principal/Vice Principal
Textbook Author
Standardized Text Developer
Education Consultant
Homeschool Consultant
Curriculum Design
After School Program Director
School Psychologist
Corporate Trainer
Education Policy Research
Qualities of a Good Teacher
Communication Skills
Lifelong Learner
Listening Skills
Problem Solver

Staff Contacts

Mrs. Janelle Dies

Elementary Education Program Contact (309) 467-6458

Burklund Education Center
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530


Eureka College graduates are employed or in graduate programs within six months of graduation.


Illinois is expected to see an average 3.7% growth in job openings.


The average salary for an elementary school teacher in Illinois is around $50,208 per year