Harper College

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Learn how to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of children in grades 1–6. Our intensive field-based program prepares every candidate to work effectively and democratically with diverse children and families, including those with special needs and second language backgrounds.

Elementary Education (BA)

Elementary education students can expect focused and practical assignments; engaging discussion and small group projects; and intensive, 2–4-

week field experiences in diverse schools and classrooms. Our students also complete a 15-week student teaching experience at a partner school under the guidance of a mentor teacher and university supervisor.

Through the University Center at Harper College, you can earn a BA degree by taking a combination of core courses in the humanities and social sciences, as well as specialized education courses that show you how to meet the needs of diverse learners in elementary and middle school. At the end of your studies in the University Center, you will earn a BA degree in Elementary Education from Roosevelt and a license to teach grades 1–6 in Illinois.

Where are classes offered?

Our elementary education courses are offered in0person at the University Center.

Sample Courses

  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
  • Foundations & Community
  • Integrating Health, the Arts & PE into the Curriculum
  • Strategies & Materials for Teaching Reading, Writing & Language Arts
  • Methods of Teaching Math in the Elementary School

Career Outcomes

Graduates are typically employed as elementary education teachers in Illinois public and private schools. Occasionally, graduates choose to add credentials that enable them to work in middle schools or with ESL/bilingual students or students with special needs.

"Every Individual matters to the community and every person needs to be challenged and nutured for their well-being and that of others. This is the philosophy of our elementary education program." 

-- Elizebeth Meadows Associate Professor, Roosevelt University

Roosevelt's elementary education program has a 100% pass rate on the edTPA, the capstone assessment required for teacher licensure in Illinois.

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430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

Last Updated: 12/14/23