General Education Requirements
for the Professional Educators License
License with an Elementary Endorsement
(Grades 1 – 6): 49 – 51 hours
Professional Education Courses for
Elementary Education: 65 hours
Total: 123 – 127 hours
Middle Grades (5-8) and ESL/Bilingual Endorsements: 6 additional content hoursFull Program Requirements
Why Study Elementary Education?
The elementary school years lay the foundation for lifelong learning. Governors State’s Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education expands candidates' knowledge of elementary grades curricula and pedagogy through classroom instruction, field and clinical experiences, and a student teaching experience. Elementary Education candidates may also elect to pursue certification to teach in the middle grades (5-8) or English language learners (ESL/Bilingual).
Chapters of the Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) honor society are highly active student organizations at Governors State. Each semester, students participate in community outreach efforts, such as support for literacy development, disaster relief, and workshops for educators.
Reach your career goals.
Employment of elementary teachers is expected to grow over the next decade—and Illinois is one of the top five states with the highest employment level of elementary teachers (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015).
Glenna Lambert Howell, PhD, Psy.D.
Elementary Education Program Coordinator